Mone't Gist calls herself "blessed." The Atlantic City High School senior will attend ASA College in Brooklyn on a track and field scholarship. ASA is a Division I junior college.

"I'm a very blessed individual," she said. "A lot of people are not in my position. I'm very grateful for the offer."

Gist won the South Jersey Group IV triple jump title and also finished first in the 100-meter dash, the triple jump and long jump at the Atlantic County championships.

"When I went to visit (ASA), I liked how they were family oriented," Gist said. "They were warm. The coaches look out for you. They have a lot to offer."

Gist also liked the Brooklyn connection.

"I was a little worried because it's New York – big city," she said. "But I'm far away and close enough where I'll be able to (get back to Atlantic City)."

Michael McGarry