Millville’s Aaliyah Ellis jumps 16 feet, 10 inches during the long jump competition at the Cape-Atlantic League track and field championships on Thursday at Egg Harbor Township High School. Ellis won the event.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Andrea Olsen ran faster than she ever had before at the Cape-Atlantic League track and field championships Thursday.

The Buena Regional High School senior couldn't afford to slow down between events either.

Olsen won the 200-meter dash and the 100 and 400 hurdles at Egg Harbor Township. She also ran on Buena's 4x400 relay team. Athletes at the CAL championships rarely compete in four races because there is so little time between events. Olsen set personal bests in all three events.

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"My coach (Stephanie Winkler) is crazy," Olsen said with a laugh. "But she knows I can do it. Her believing in me makes me believe in myself."

In addition to Olsen, Casey Sturts of Buena and Bridget Flynn of Ocean City also won multiple individual events. Twins Isaac and Jacob Clark of Pleasantville showed why they are two of the nation's best scholastic middle-distance runners. After a chilly spring, Thursday's warm temperatures brought out the best in many competitors.

The meet is limited to the CAL's top track and field athletes. That means fewer entries and that translates into less time between events. The meet began at 4 p.m. and the running races were completed by 7:10 p.m. A normal meet would last two hours longer.

Winkler said she thought long and hard about entering Olsen in four events, but the senior is so talented it's tough to limit her. Olsen said she drank a lot of water and got her friends to massage her legs between events.

"I got tired, but I could handle it," she said.

Olsen first won the 400 hurdles in 1 minute, 2.42 seconds. She ran that time despite miscounting her steps and having to almost come to a complete stop in front of a hurdle down the stretch.

Olsen then won the 100 hurdles in 14.36 seconds. Her most impressive came in the 200 where she pulled away from the field in the final 50 meters and won in 24.76, breaking the school record of 24.96 set by Katrina Sye in 1996. A pair of Oakcrest sprinters - Nijgia Snapp (24.92 in 2009) and Nichole Hill (24.23 in 1997) - are the only two CAL girls to run the 200 faster than Olsen.

"The 200 was the cherry on top of my day," Olsen said.

Olsen wasn't the only Buena athlete to perform better than she ever had before.

Sturts won the pole vault with a personal-best vault of 11 feet, She also cleared 5-0 to win the high jump.

"It's a beautiful day," Sturts said. "Finally, we had a warm day. We had a meet against Middle on Monday, and I was really close to 11 (feet). Today, I was confident I could get it."


Flynn's coaches wanted her to choose an event Thursday.

She couldn't make up her mind, so she ran and won them both. The Ocean City junior finished first in the 800 and 1,600 runs.

"I can't decide between them," Flynn said of the two races.

Flynn won the 800 and 1,600 at this meet as a freshmen and a sophomore. She attended Holy Spirit then before transferring to Ocean City.

"It's my goal every season to come here and win (the 800 and 1,600)," she said. "Once I did it as a freshman, I told myself I wanted to do it every year."


Lola Agabalogun celebrated the warm weather with a personal best.

The Egg Harbor Township senior won the shot put with a personal-best and school record put of 44-9.

"I think it was just having good weather for once," Agabalogun said. "Every other meet has been in bad conditions. There was nothing to worry about with rain or wet conditions."


Twins Isaac and Jacob Clark of Pleasantville crossed the finish line of the 800 run practically together.

Both twins set personal bests. Isaac won in 1:50.27 and Jacob ran 1:50.30 to finish second. Those times are No. 1 and No. 2 in the state this spring, respectively, according to NJ.milesplit.com.

Isaac's time is No. 4 in the country, while Jacob's is tied for fifth, according to the same website.

Neither twin made an effort to pull away from the other as they came down the stretch.

"We took this seriously because we're trying to get ready for the (South Jersey) and state championships," Isaac said. "We wanted to come out here and get good times."


Anthony Forrest of Buena Regional may have been the day's most unexpected winner.

The junior won the 200 dash from lane eight in 21.96 seconds - the first time he had ever broken 22 seconds. It is rare to see a sprinter win from lane eight. The fast runners are placed in lanes four and five.

Forrest's previous best was 22.89. He did not run at last week's Atlantic County championships because he was sick.

Forrest said he simply stretched, trained and took care of himself this week. Forrest said he first believed he could win with 50 meters left when he didn't hear or see anybody near him.

"I wasn't expecting this," he said. "This is amazing. I feel great."

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100 dash – 1. Curtis Fitzpatrick, EHT, 10.80; 2. Rahim Harris, Holy Spirit, 10.86; 3. Ryquell Armstead, Millville, 10.90

200 dash – 1. Anthony Forrest, Buena, 21.96; 2. Rahim Harris, Holy Spirit, 22.12; 3. Ryquell Armstead, Millville, 22.20

400 dash – 1. Ishmael Muhammad, Oakcrest, 49.70; 2. Mils Pease, St. Joe, 50.35; 3. Justin Grant, Hammonton, 50.61

800 run – 1. Isaac Clark, Pville, 1:50.27; 2. Jacob Clark, Pville, 1:50.30; 3. Leaquan James, Jr., Vineland, 1:54.77

1,600 run – 1. Louis Corgliano, HAM, 4:26.77; 2. Kevin Scott, OC, 4:29.55; 3. Edwards Keenan, OC, 4:35.83

3,200 run – 1. Salman Khalid, Absegami, 9:48.03; 2. John Peacock, St. Augustine, 10:01.38; 3. Shawn Bryant, EHT, 10:02.46

110 hurdles – 1. Chase Toliver, Oakcrest, 14.37; 2. Steven Morgan, EHT, 14.47; 3. Christian Castro, Vineland, 14.57

400 hurdles – 1. Brandon Babcock, Ham, 54.26; 2. Geoffry Ely, Ocean City, 55.98; 3. Nathaniel Henry, EHT, 56.38

4x100 relay – 1. EHT, 43.03; 2. Millville, 43.44; 3. St. Augustine, 44.04

4x400 – 1. Vineland (Lamar Finney, Christian Castro, Jeremiah Atoki, Leaquan james, Jr) 3:24.03; 2. Oakcrest, 3:24.53; 3. EHT, 3:28.38

4x800 – 1. Pleasantville (Noah Prevard, Radcliffe Narinensingh, Alvaro Perdomo, Dagoberto Arias) 8:18.13; 2. Absegami 8:18.26; 3. Millville, 8:45.44

Long jump – 1. Gary Melton, Cedar Creek, 22-4.50; 2. Justyce Pollitt, St. Augustine, 21-9.50; 3. Quasheem Taylor, Bridgeton, 21-2

High jump – 1. Tyriq Adams, Pville, 6-2; 2. Shane Bush, Oakcrest, 6-2; 3. Rayshawn Scott, Buena, 6-0

Triple Jump – 1. LaDarrell Dixon, Oakcrest, 45-9.50; 2. Ishmael Muhammad, Oakcrest, 45-7; 3. Chase Toliver, Oakcrest, 44-5

Shot put – 1. Kofi Yamoah, EHT, 58-9.50; 2. James Plummer, EHT, 55-7; 3. Curtis Fitzpatrick, EHT, 53-700

Javelin – 1. Rashon Sorrell, Millville, 169-8; 2. Kelvin Tully, Millville, 168-9; 3. Gary Scola, Hammonton, 165-1

Discus – 1. James Plummer, EHT, 184-5; 2. John Moore, Middle Township, 147-10; 3. Kofgi Yamoah, EHT, 141-05

Pole vault – 1. Aidan Skelly, Hammonton, 13-6; 2. Ray Rodriguez, Hammonton, 13-0; 3. William Poley, Millville, 12-6


100 dash – 1,. Nabyia Garrett, EHT, 12.445 ; 2. Mone't Gist, AC, 12.449; 3. Jamiera McCormick, Pleasantville, 12.47

200 dash – 1. Andrea Olsen, Buena, 24.76; 2. Lamera Rhett, Millville, 25.69; 3. Nabyia Garrett, EHT, 25.84

400 dash – 1. Antoniette Isekenegbe, Vineland, 58.15; 2. Ashley Gerald, EHT, 59.25; 3. Cassidy Treanor, EHT, 59.59

800 run – 1. Bridget Flynn, OC, 2:17.04; 2. Juliann Brand, EHT, 2:20.22; 3. Rachel Stremme, OC, 2:23.53

1,600 run – 1. Bridget Flynn, Ocean City, 5:17.85; 2. Mary Kate Brelsford, OC, 5:22.12; 3. Kristin Siegle, Buena, 5:33.17 3, 200 – 1. Abigail Shafer, EHT, 11:28.99; 2. Devon Grisbaum, Ocean City, 11:33.93; 3. Mary Kate Brelsford, OC, 12:05.74

100 hurdles – 1. Andrea Olsen, Buena, 14.36; 2. Mone't Gist, AC, 14.96; 3. Rachell Armstead, Millville, 15.34

400 hurdles – 1. Andrea Olsen, Buena, 1:02.42; 2. Victoria Thaler, Millville, 1:03.17; 3. MyAngel Davis, Millville, 1:03.96

4x400 relay – 1. EHT (Ashley Gerald, Zahara James, , Juliann Brand, Cassidy Treanor) 4:00.03; 2. Millville, 4:00.69; 3. Ocean City, 4:03.83

4x800 – 1. EHT (Abigail Shafer, Morgan Shick, Julianna Catania, Juliann Brand) 9:36.49; 2. Millville, 9:49.31; 3. Buena, 9:52.48

4x100 – 1. Bridgeton, 49.84; 2. Vineland, 50.38; 3. Atlantic City, 50.51

Triple jump – 1. Mone't Gist, AC, 36-8; 2. Bernadette Bain, Vineland, 34-2.50; 3. Zahara James, EHT, 33-9.75

Long jump – 1. Aaliyah Ellis, Millville, 16-10; 2. Zahaara James, EHT, 15-10; 3. Leah Evans, Pville, 15-9

High jump – 1. Casey Sturts, Buena, 5-0; 2. Aaliyah Harris, Millville, and Mariah Hubbard, Absegami, 4-10; 3. Natalie Cowan, Hammonton, 4-10

Discus – 1. Ashli Weems, Millville, 135-10; 2. Christian Donall, Mainland, 124-4; 3. Nyla Noble, EHT, 121-0

Shot put – 1. Lola Agabalogun, EHT, 44-9; 2. Samone Jones, Bridgeton, 38-08.50; 3. Nya Noble, EHT, 38-1.50

Javelin – 1. Shatina Squair, Pville, 124-7; 2. Adalys Lopez, EHT, 121-11; 3. Taylor Bates, Absegami, 120-0

Pole Vault – 1. Casey Sturts, Buena, 11-0; 2. Maryanna Oberg, OC, 10-0; 3. Kaitlyn Derman, Millville, 9-6

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