Track and field: County meets are today
Familiar faces highlight the boys meet at the Atlantic County Track and Field Championships today at 4 p.m. at Buena Regional High School. Defending champions in all but two events return.
Reggie Morton and Darnell Charles were both double winners to lead Oakcrest to the boys championship last spring. The Falcons, ranked No. 1 in The Press Elite 11, are the favorites again today.
The Cape May, Cumberland and Ocean county championships are also today.
The Atlantic County girls meet could be one of the most interesting. Defending champion Egg Harbor Township, No. 11 in the Elite 11, will clash with No. 10 Buena Regional. The Eagles (6-0) won their first county title in 20 years last spring and will ride the momentum of Tuesday's huge dual-meet win over No. 2 Millville.
Here is a preview of each county meet:
When/where: 4 p.m. today at Buena Regional
Defending champions: Oakcrest boys, Egg Harbor Township girls
Individual winners returning: Boys-Fabian Santiago, Oakcrest (100); Reggie Morton, Oakcrest (200, long jump); Darnell Charles, Oakcrest (400, triple jump); Isaac Clark, Pleasantville (800); Jacob Clark, Pleasantville (1,600); Tom McLaughlin, Egg Harbor Township (3,200); Steve Adkisson, Oakcrest (110 hurdles); Akmed Muhammad, Oakcrest (400 hurdles); Jared Dalponte, Oakcrest (high jump); Dontaye Rivera, Pleasantville (shot put, discus). Girls-Katie Champion, EHT (400), Bridget Flynn, Holy Spirit (800, 1,600); Christin Bettis, Hammonton (3,200); Helena Leyrer, Buena (100 hurdles, 400 hurdles); Mone't Gist, Atlantic City (long jump); Lola Agabalogun, EHT (shot put), Tracey Masterson, Mainland (pole vault).
Notes: In the boys meet, watch out for Egg Harbor Township. The Eagles, No. 4 in the Elite 11, are the only team that has gotten close to Oakcrest this spring. The Falcons beat EHT by 14 points (77-63) in a dual meet. The Eagles' strengths are in their throwers, led by Kofi Yamoah and Curtis Fitzpatrick.
Cape May County
When/where: 4 p.m. today at Lower Cape May Regional
Defending champions: Ocean City boys and girls
Individual winners returning: Boys-Brian Jackson, Lower Cape May (100, 200); Simba Hampton, Lower Cape May (400); Kevin Scott, Ocean City (800); Dan Murray, Ocean City (3,200); Chris Turner, Ocean City (triple jump). Boys-Yvonne Wolef, Middle Township (100, 200, long jump, triple jump); Francesca Babore, Ocean City (400, high jump); Kelly Williamson (800, 1,600); Sammy Geisinger, Middle Township (100 hurdles); Maryanna Oberg, Ocean City (pole vault).
Notes: The Ocean City boys, led perenially by their distance runners, will try for their fifth straight championship. The Red Raiders took the top three spots in the 1,600 and 3,200 last spring. O.C. may be troubled by a tough Middle Township squad. ... Lower returnees Jackson and Hampton swept the sprints last year. ... Can any team take the county title from the Ocean City girls? The Red Raiders have won every championship in the meet's 32-year existence. ... Middle's Wolef attempts a three-time sweep of the 100, 200, triple jump and long jump.
When/where: 4 p.m. today at Bridgeton
Defending champions: Bridgeton boys, Millville girls
Individual winners returning: Boys-Jerome Scurry, Bridgeton (800); Leaquan James, Vineland (1,600); Braheme Days Jr., Bridgeton (shot put, discus); Tamar Jackson, Bridgeton (javelin). Girls-Jovan Childers, Bridgeton (100, 200, triple jump); Lauren Whelan, Cumberland Regional (high jump); Ariana Stokes, Vineland (long jump); Maria Jimenez, Vineland (javelin).
Notes: The Bridgeton boys and Millville girls are favorites to repeat. The Vineland boys and Bridgeton girls also should be in the mix. ... The meet features two of the state's top throwers in Bridgeton's Days and Vineland's Jimenez. Days set meet records last spring in the shot put (62 feet, 71/2 inches) and discus (179-4). ... The Millville girls, No. 2 in the Elite 11, utilized their depth to win a county title last spring despite winning just four events. This year should be no different as coach Raffael Craig called this squad the deepest he's had at Millville.
When/where: 4 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Saturday at Jackson Liberty
Defending champions: Jackson Liberty boys, Southern Regional girls
Individual winners returning: Boys-Matthew Nelson, Barnegat (1,600, 3,200); Ryan North, Southern (long jump). Girls-Danielle Leavitt, Lacey Township (800).
Notes: The Southern Regional girls have the depth to score in every event. The Rams, No. 1 in the Elite 11, are a contender to repeat as champions.
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