COLUMBUS – With 10 days and the two biggest track meets of the season still to go, Nate Bowie believes he has more to give in the 100 hurdles.
Considering what the Matawan senior has already done this spring, that notion should put the rest of the state on notice.
In the final of the NJSIAA Central Group II 110 hurdles on Saturday morning, Bowie was never challenged. Running out of Lane 4, Bowie got a clean start, picked up good steam over the second hurdle and cruised to the win in 14.07 at Northern Burlington High School.
Bowie, owner of a New Jersey No. 2 13.97, which he used to win the Monmouth County title earlier this month, was coming off a Shore Conference title last week. Saturday’s win completed a weekend hurdling double after he took home the 400 hurdles title on Friday afternoon in 56.19.
“When I get out good like that, I always have another push somewhere in the race to help me,” Bowie said. “I think I have some more in me. I just have to work on my starts a little bit more and I’ll be looking good.”
Bowie’s win highlighted a Matawan sweep of the top three spots. Classmate Kadeem Spenser was second in 15.25 and sophomore Dave Alston was third in 15.38. Those 24 team points gave the Huskies a commanding lead as they won their fifth Central Group II team title in the last eight seasons with 129 points.
Holmdel was second with 79 and Ewing third with 61.
“I always push them, try to make them better and they’re doing the same for me,” Bowie said. “The faster I run, I feel like the faster they run.”
Huskies senior Matt Isaacson, the state-leader in the pole vault with a clearance of 15-1 at the Monmouth County meet, contributed 10 points on Saturday when he cleared 14-6 for the win.
Holmdel senior Marin Warner defended her title in the Central Group II 3,200, winning handily in 11:01.99 after ripping off a 70-second bell lap.
That win was part of a big weekend for the Hornets, who claimed the team title with 107 points, 28 of which belonged to Warner between all three distances. Matawan was second with 78 and Rahway third with 44.
Warner bided her time behind a conservative pace before starting to pick it up with about 800 meters to go. She opened up a sizable lead with 600 meters to go and dropped a 79-second second-to-last lap before the bell.
Warner’s day started in the morning with the 800. She was fourth at the bell after registering a 69-second opening lap, then began moving to the front with about 300 meters to go. Warner took the lead with about 200 meters to go, but was caught by Spotswood’s Katherine Wasserman inside the final 100 meters.
Wasserman won in 2:17.79, Warner was second in 2:18.50. Matawan freshman Rachel Kenny stayed up for third in in 2:18.51.
Holmdel was also aided by Keira Yonclas. After registering a surprise win in the pole vault on Friday, the junior came back on Saturday to win the 200 in 25.76.
After finishing second in the CJ III 100 on Friday, budding Neptune sophomore star Phyllis Gordon took the turn in the 200 smoothly and pulled away for the win in 24.75
That is Gordon’s third win at 200 meters this spring, having previously won at Monmouth County (24.85) and Shore Conference (24.89).
Staff writer Josh Newman: firstname.lastname@example.org