SOUTH BRUNSWICK — The Spotswood girls 4×1600 assembly are developing a monster image for a small school. Last year they exploded onto the scene by winning the Middlesex County Relays gold. The small school wanted to prove that last year was not a fluke and that the four girls are vastly improving.
“It’s the best feeling because when people see our school they think ‘that’s Spotswood, they are so small. Who cares about them? At a big school there are obviously going to be a lot of good kids,” Ally Coghlan said. “To work with what you have in a small school and do well means so much more. It’s nice to represent Spotswood.”
During day one of the GMC Relays Spotswood continued to add to their list of accomplishments. A lineup that consisted of Coghlan, Gwynn Marotta, Cassandra Raia and Katherine Wasserman continued to add to their list of accomplishments by repeating as the 4×1600 champions. The Chargers took home the honor last year, which was the first Middlesex County Relay win since the program had a three-peat in the high jumps from 1987-89.
The four girls put together a 22:22.85 to beat out a second place South Brunswick squad. Raia handed the baton to Wasserman with a slim lead, but the junior was able to catch a source of energy and finish off the race by a comfortable margin.
“Cassie had a slight lead on the girl and when she handed me the baton I told myself ‘I just have to do this, I don’t want to lose it,” Wasserman said. “I just felt like I needed to finish it out for the all of us. As I was coming down straightaway that’s all I was thinking of.”
The small school reputation is thrown out the window on when the Spotswood 4×1600 is on the track. In fact, other schools are beginning to prepare for the fierce four of the Chargers.
The small school feel helps develop a family oriented track squad. The four girls that are in the 4×1600 lineup have quickly become best friends. Their closeness is evident on the track, the athletes who ran already can be seen along the track cheering their fellow teammates on.
Coghlan and Wasserman did not enter their freshmen year with track on their mind. Both girls came were poised to begin a soccer career. They joined track to stay in shape for soccer, but once the two girls received a taste of the sport they couldn’t let go. Now the two runners have become close friends on and off the track.
“When we both started spring track our freshmen year, we didn’t notice it, but we naturally ran together and ever since then we have become close,” Wasserman said. “It’s good because we always push each other and we try to do that with Cassidy and Gwynn. It really feels like we are a family.”
A lot has changed since the two girls joined track. Everything is beginning to piece together for the four teammates. They believe their success began last winter when they made it to the Meet of Champions. From that point on the girls from Spotswood wanted to build something special.
“We were kind of younger,” Wasserman said. “We were just getting a feel for track, it’s not like we were in the sport for long. “Now that we know that we won last year we are a lot more confident.”
They have not disappointed themselves. The Chargers are making history. This lineup has now captured the Middlesex County Relay title two years in row. Their appetite is not settled though, as they have more achievements to add to their young careers. Next up: avenging their loss to Metuchen in last year’s 4×800 event.
“I’m hoping tomorrow we can the 4×800,” Coghlan said. “Last year we came in second, so this year hopefully we can win.”
Piscataway breaks the long jump record
When Piscatway’s senior Eric Bethea finished the long jump it was business as usual. He went back to be with his teammates and watch the rest of the meet. Bethea missed one important fact, along with his Adrian Anderson and Tyrell Bush, Piscataway broke the long jump record.
Bethea didn’t find out this was circumstance until the announcement came over the loudspeaker.
“It feels good coming in from last year and seeing other guys jump far,” Bethea said. “It’s pretty cool being able to break their records. I didn’t know that we broke it until they announced it.”
Bethea was on top of the leaderboard with a 22-05.50. Adrian Anderson closely followed in second place with a 22-01.50 and Tyrell Bush capped off the record setting performance with a 20-10.
Bethea credits the recent success to his teammates from two years ago, especially Tyrell Judson, who he looked up to. They helped set the standard and show the underclassman the right direction.
“We definitely push ourselves,” Bethea said. “I think it started two years ago when Tyrell Judson was on the team. I looked up to him when he was jumping 22’s. Now it’s my senior year and I’m doing that.”
Bethea, who is heading to Indiana University next fall to compete in track, is not holding back this season. He is leaving everything on the line now that it’s his senior year. Bethea made it apparent this past weekend when he jumped a 45-9.75 in the triple jump.
The Piscataway senior has been laying down the foundation for the Chiefs program. He wants to finish off his senior season on a high note and carry it into college.
“I want to work on doing my best and staying healthy,” Bethea said. “I want to work with the young guys and help them begin a legacy of their own.”
4×200: 1. Old Bridge (Prosper Delle, Jayson Gilbert, Kenny Brakoh, Hazem Miawad) 1:30.24; 2. South Brunswick 1:30.56; 3. Piscataway 1:31.78; 4. John F. Kennedy 1:33.48; 5. East Brunswick 1:33.49; 6. North Brunswick 1:34.12.
4×1600: 1. South Brunswick (Matthew Zamorski, Kyle McCann, Joseph Weber, Nicholas Neville) 18:09.09; 2. Old Bridge 18:10.17; 3. St. Joseph 18:55.10; 4. Monroe 19:20.01; 5. East Brunswick 19:29.03; 6. Metuchen 19:35.
SPRINT MEDLEY: Old Bridge 3:38.29; 2. South Brunswick 3:41.60; 3. North Brunswick 3:43.28; 4. Piscataway 3:43.81; 5. Metuchen 3:45.10; 6. St. Joseph 3:47.78.
3×400 HURDLES: 1. Old Bridge (Alex Ramirez, Matthew Sylvester) 2:56.42; 2. John F. Kennedy 2:57.74; 3. South Brunswick 3:00.71; 4. St. Joseph 3:01.76; 5. Piscataway 3:09.23; 6. South Plainfield 3:09.79.
LONG JUMP: 1. Piscataway (Eric Bethea, Adrian Anderson, Tyrell Bush) 65-05; 2. Monroe 61-07; 3. St. Joseph 60-10; 4. South Brunswick 60-01; 5. South Plainfield 59-10..50; 6. New Brunswick 59-03.
22-05.50, 22-01.50, 20-10
POLE VAULT: 1. South Brunswick (Issa Feknous, Martin James) 31-00; 2. South Plainfield 31-00; 3. John F. Kennedy 31-00; 4. East Brunswick 30-00; 5. North Brunswick 27-06; 6. Sayreville 27-00.
SHOT PUT: 1. St. Joseph (Nicholas Krimin, Dominic Walton) 153-09.75; 2. Old Bridge 151-07.75; 3. South Brunswick 137-11.50; 4. South Plainfield 128-03.25; 5. Middlesex 119-08.25; 6. Piscataway 118-03.75.
JAVELIN: 1. Old Bridge (Brian Leight, Mike Yuhas) 428-11; 2. South Brunswick 424-07; 3. St. Joseph 409-02; 4. Spotswood 406-02; 5. Middlesex 390-07; 6. Monroe 368-05.
4×200: 1. South Brunswick (Desirae Osley, Rochell McDonald, Zyjira Thomas, Aspen McMillan) 1:45.40; 2. Sayreville 1:47.19; 3. Metuchen 1:47.69; 4. East Brunswick 1:48.04; 5. Piscataway 1:48.30; 6. Monroe 1:50.63.
4×1600: 1. Spotswood (Alexandra Coghlan, Gwynn Marotta, Cassandra Raia, Katherine Wasserman) , 2. South Brunswick 22:57.08; 3. Old Bridge 23:01.46; 4. Metuchen 23:21.17; 5. Colonia 23:32.29; 6. East Brunswick 23:36.72.
SPRINT MEDLEY: Metuchen (Amanda Haring, Malika Johnson, Ariana Santo Pietro, Rachel Suss) 4:14.73; 2. Old Bridge 4:20.28; 3. South Brunswick 4:22.55; 4. East Brunswick 4:23.54; 5. Woodbridge 4:26.65; 6. Colonia 4:27.72.
3×400 HURDLES: 1. South Brunswick (Aspen McMillan, Zyjira Thomas) 3:20.93; 2. Woodbridge 3:26.69; 3. East Brunswick 3:33.80; 4. J.P. Stevens 3:37.75; 5. Monroe 3:42.06; 6. North Brunswick 3:42.46.
HIGH JUMP: East Brunswick (Leyna Abrahams, Sydney Contrino) 14-04; 2. South Brunswick 14-02; 3. Monroe 14-00; 4. Old Bridge 13-08; 5. Dunellen 13-06; 6. Sayreville 13-06.
TRIPLE JUMP: South Brunswick (Jade-Rae Poku, Maggie Kaplan) 98-00.75; 2. Sayreville 97-09.25; 3. North Brunswick 96-09.50; 4. East Brunswick 96-02; 5. Monroe 94-08.25; 6. Old Bridge 94-05.50.
DISCUS: 1. South Brunswick (Brianna Del Piano, Denise Porter) 295-00; 2. Old Bridge 275-05; 3. East Brunswick 258-07; 4. Woodbridge 238-04; 5. North Brunswick 237-03; 6. Monroe 233-07.