Track and field: A quick look at local favorites at the state meets
The state high school group track and field championships begin today with New Jersey's top performers competing not only for titles but also for berths in next week's season-ending Meet of Champions.
Here are some of the local contenders (listed alphabetically):
Christin Bettis, Hammonton: She won her first sectional title last weekend in the 3,200-meter race at the South Jersey Group III meet.
Darnell Charles, Oakcrest: The senior likely will score points in each of his three individual events: the 100, 200 and the triple jump.
Isaac Clark, Pleasantville: The junior won the 400 dash at the South Jersey Group II meet and is the second seed in both the 400 and the 800.
Jacob Clark, Pleasantville: Clark won the 800 in a meet record 1 minute, 53.12 seconds last week. He also won the 1,600 and is the top seed in Group II for both events. He and Isaac are twins.
Braheme Days Jr., Bridgeton: Days easily won South Jersey titles in the shot put and discus and is a heavy favorite in both events at the state Group II level.
Syid Evans-White, Oakcrest: He is the top seed in the Group III 110 hurdles.
Curtis Fitzpatrick, Egg Harbor Township: The senior sprinter is the second seed in the 100 and 200. He also has a chance to qualify for the MOC in the shot put.
Emily Higbee, Holy Spirit: A throw of 123 feet, 10 inches in the South Jersey Non-Public A javelin earned Higbee the top seed in the state meet.
Maria Jimenez, Vineland: Jimenez set a state record in the javelin (160-8) at the Cape-Atlantic League championship. She won the South Jersey Group IV javelin last weekend and is looking for her first state championship.
Helena Leyrer, Buena Regional: Favored to win both the 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles for the second year in a row. The senior could also qualify for the MOC in the 400.
Tracey Masterson, Mainland Regional: She vaulted 11 feet to win the South Jersey pole vault last weekend.
Reggie Morton, Oakcrest: Morton won the long jump at last week's sectional Group III meet. He is seeded second in the 100 and third in the 200.
Dana Ohlson, Southern Regional: Ohlson was the only multiple-event winner for the Rams at the South Jersey Group IV meet. She won the long jump and high jump.
Fabian Santiago, Oakcrest: Santiago won the 100 (10.54) and 200 (21.0) each in personal-best times. The senior has potential to break meet records in each event.
Chelsea Vaughan, Southern Regional: The senior pole vaulter is the top seed in the event. Vaughan cleared 12-3 at the South Jersey Group IV meet.
Carl Watson, St. Joseph: Watson won the South Jersey Non-Public B 400 and is the top seed. He earned the No. 3 seed in the 100 and 200.
Yvonne Wolef, Middle Township: Despite a knee injury, the senior won the long jump (18-1) in the South Jersey Group II sectional meet and is the top seed in the state meet.
Brianna Young, Barnegat: The defending state Group II champion in the discus won the sectional discus last week with a 131-6 throw. She hopes to throw around 136 feet this time around.
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