The Pleasantville High School boys track and field team ran over to coach Alan Laws with the meet program after almost every event at the state Group I indoor track and field relay championships today in Toms River.
The Greyhounds were simply showing their coach that they had just made history.
Senior twins Isaac and Jacob Clark led Pleasantville to its second straight team championship as the Greyhounds outscored second-place Metuchen 38-26 at the Bennett Center. Pleasantville set group meet records in the distance medley, 4x800-meter relay and the 4x400 relay.
“I was just excited to watch them win,” Laws said. “I didn’t even know they were meet records until the kids showed me in the book.”
The Clark twins and Dagoberto Arias ran on all three record relay teams.
“This means a lot,” Isaac Clark said. “I can look back at my times when I’m in college and say I did this and that. It’s good because I set a goal for myself to progress and get better.”
The Greyhounds won even though several of their runners did not feel well. Jacob Clark almost didn’t run.
“I woke up this morning and I was coughing a lot,” Jacob said. “But even though I’m sick, I’m still going to run.”
Pleasantville didn’t wait long to begin setting records. The foursome of Arias, Noah Prevard, Isaac Clark and Jacob Clark won the first event, the distance medley, in 10 minutes, 35.68 seconds, breaking the mark of 10.37:17 set by Haddonfield in 2010.
Isaac ran a 1:54.9 on the 800 leg, while Jacob anchored the 1,600 leg in 4:24.9.
The Greyhounds then dominated the 4x800 relay, winning by more than 20 seconds. Arias, Isaac Clark, Radcliffe Narinensingh and Jacob Clark won in 8:06.41, breaking the record 8:14.32 set by Haddonfield in 2010. Isaac Clark gave the Greyhounds a big lead with a 1:55.4 in the second leg.
Laws said it means even more to break meet records set by Haddonfield.
“We’ve always respected Haddonfield as a distance powerhouse,” Laws said. “We’ve never been known as a distance team. To be mentioned with Haddonfield is big for us.”
The Greyhounds clinched the meet by winning the 4x400. Nicholas McBean, Jacob Clark, Arias and Isaac Clark won in 3:30.71, breaking the mark of 3:31.73 set by Newark Science in 1998.
Pleasantville’s other points came in high jump as Tyreke Adams and Wanya Alexander combined to finish second. Adams cleared 6 feet.
The victory makes the Greyhounds a team to watch the rest of this winter.
“This feels good because it’s putting it out there that we can be known as one of the best,” Jacob said.
Buena, Bridgeton winners
The Buena Regional boys won the shuttle hurdles race at the Group I relay championships.
Rayshawn Scott, Kaeshan Deal, Michael Torre and Nate Niederhofer won in 32.45 seconds. Haddonfield finished second in 33.03 seconds.
In the Group II competition Sunday night, Braheme Days and Derrick McCall of Bridgeton combined to win the shot put with a distance of 96 feet, 9 inches. Days’ put measured 58-7.
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