There was lots to be proud of on Saturday at Neptune HS, but Southern Regional coach Brian Zatorski was mostly pleased with the balance his team showed in winning its sixth straight Shore Conference championship.
Southern scored in nine of 16 events and boasted of four gold medal-winners: Chelsea Vaughan in the pole vault, Mikaela Hammel in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, Jillian Smith in the 3,200, and Dana Ohlson in the long jump.
Southern nearly doubled the point total of the runner-up, Jackson Liberty, 81 1/4 to 48.
Vaughan, a senior headed for Cincinnati, won the pole vault with a season-best 12-0. The record mauy belong to Vaughan but it also still belongs to the school. Southern’s Ashley Furlong set the record at 11-6 in 2007. Vaughan’s career and outdoor best is 12-6.
Dana Ohlson, a senior bound for Tulane, won the long jump at 18-3 1/2. It was the fourth time in as many competitions this spring that Ohlson (with a career-best 18-10) reached the 18-foot mark, and Zatorski said he believes she is ready to start hitting 19 feet with the same consistency.
By Rich Bevensee