The spring track and field season concludes with local victories

June 06, 2022

The spring track and field season concludes with local victories

By Tim Morris

Middletown High School North’s Hailey Guerrieri found himself in an unfamiliar and challenging position. The defending champion in the girls’ 100-meter hurdles at the Monmouth County Outdoor Track and Field Championships was all alone. It may be dangerous. Lose your focus, jump a hurdle and your race is over.

“It’s hard to be up front,” she said. “It’s easier when you have someone who pushes you. I was a little nervous. It was raining just before the race and I wanted to be a little more careful not to slip. I had to stay focused.”

The Lion Senior did just that, defending her county title in 15.50 and winning by 0.62 seconds, a big margin in a short race.

Guerrieri doesn’t usually have to worry about concentration. As she discovered, she’s not the fastest out of the blocks. Most of her running focuses on the runners in front of her as she picks off one at a time.

When Guerrieri single-handedly won her second straight county championship, she passed an unexpected test by running alone.

Guerrieri didn’t stop at the hurdles championship; The versatile lion also won the long jump title with a personal best of 17-2 ¾.

Guerrieri announced that she has committed to Monmouth University, where she will team up with former Middletown North teammate Rhett Schnoor.

For the Middletown North boys, Levi Wilson hopped, hopped and jumped in the triple jump to victory. His 43-7 defeated CBA’s Kam Coleman 43-3 ¾ for the win. Both jumps were among the top 25 in the state that year.

It was another day in the CBA office as the Colts trotted out to the county championships, more than doubling runner-up Freehold Township’s score of 155.5 to 51. Middletown North hosted the May 11-13 meeting.

Individually on the track, sophomore Jack Falkowski won the 1,600 in 4:19.66 while Coleman cleared the 110 hurdles in 14.97. Falkowski’s time has been one of the 10 fastest runs in New Jersey to date.

CBA’s fielders had one field day and won four events. Tyler Mayerhoff won the discus throw with a throw of 175-3 while Jack Ostrowski threw the javelin 161-7 to secure his title. The long jump was hotly contested with 20 jumpers over 20 feet. It was CBA’s Jaidin Hayes who traveled the furthest, making his mark 22-5 ½ from the board. Chris Brown rounded out the field winners for the Colts, clearing in the high jump 6-4.

In the relays, CBA dominated, winning the 4×100, 4×400 and 4×800. Tyler Straley, Aidan Kane, Declan Picadio and William Feddeler carried the baton around the take in 45.11 to win the 4×100. Ben Skrincosky, Picadio, Aidan MacManus and Joe Silvestri conquered the 4×400 in 3:25.82. The team of Jason Gentile, Zach Shroba, John Holovach and Matt Herman won the 4×800 in 8:14.50 for the Colts.

Holmdel’s Zach Rabkin was also county champion. The Hornet scales 12-6 to win the pole vault.

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