Wayne athletes advance to Group Championships

ORADELL – Kristina Langan and Kyle Brackett of Wayne Hills each won state sectional track and field championships this past weekend, while Wayne Valley’s Olivia Pantale also took gold in the shot put in North 1, Section 3 at River Dell High School in Oradell.

In North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4, Passaic County Tech’s Angel Rowe won the triple jump while Zaire Weaver was first overall in the long jump. The Bulldogs also prevailed in the girls 4 x 100 relay.

UP AND AWAY - Wayne Hills' senior Kristina Langan captured the state sectional pole vault title this past weekend and advanced to this weekend's Group championships.

At the North, Non-Public A championships, DePaul’s Michael Dwumfour captured gold in the shot put.

Overall, there were some outstanding performances by Wayne-based athletes at the state sectionals. Those who finished in the top six of a specific event will move on to the group championships this weekend. A top six finish at the groups will move an athlete on to the Meet of Champions, set for June 3 in South Plainfield.

For the girls in North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3, Wayne Valley finished 10th as a team, while Wayne Hills was 14th. Langan, who has been dominant all season long after a tremendous winter campaign, won the pole vault with a vault of 11’6″.

Wayne Hills coach Greg Gregg Rehberger feels Langan will be in the mix this spring to excel in the groups and possibly the Meet of Champions.

Langan wont the MOC championship in the pole vault during the winter season. The Patriots were without the services of senior Nicole Gignac, who suffered a serious hamstring injury and will miss the rest of the season. Gignac was a very versatile track athlete and won the Big North championship this spring in the 100, 200 and 400 meters, as well as the high jump.

Wayne Valley senior Molly Besso cleared nine feet in the pole vault.

Pantale, a junior, was tremendous last weekend, ultimately qualifying in three events for the group championships. Pantale won the javelin with a throw of 124’4″. She was also fifth in the discus, (110′) and fourth in the shot put, (32′ 11 1/4″).

Brackett, a senior, continued his magical spring campaign by winning the javelin with a throw of 174’4″. PCT’s Weaver, also a senior, won the long jump with a leap of 22’7 3/4″. His teammate, Rowe, a junior, won the girls triple jump in 35’10 3/4″ and the PCT girls 4 x 100 relay team was victorious in 49:44 , led by Cheyenne Allen, Rowe, Aaniyah Robinson and Alexes Washington.

Dwumfour, a junior at DePaul Catholic, won the shot put with a magnificent throw of 51′ 2 1./4″. DePaul got good efforts in the javelin from Aubyn Bryan II, a sophomore, who threw 137’1″ while senior teammate Andrew Failace finished with a throw of 130’11”.

Anthony Palmisano of DePaul placed fourth in the 400 meters, running 51.19. He also did a good job in the 200 meters, with a time of 23.55.

The DePaul girls were paced by Melissa McGourty, who was third in the 400 meter hurdles in a time of 1:08.44, Jamira Watkins, who was fifth in the shot put (31’9″). Alisa Scivetti, a third place finisher in the javelin (108’5″) and Jackie McDonald, who was fifth in the discus (87’2″). McGourty, a junior, also ran well in the 100 meter hurdles, finishing seventh in 18.00.

The Wayne Valley boys also had a good day at the sectionals. The 4 x 800 relay team of Chris Funge, Michael Germinario, Vincent Falato and Louis Ihle took sixth in 8:23.44. Van Stay placed fourth in the high jump (5’10”) while Michael Sorce cleared 11 feet in the pole vault. Ron Westervelt qualified for the Group 3 championship in the discus, with a throw of 140’1″ and Jordan Montero had a tremendous day in the javelin, taking third with a throw of 167’6″.

Wayne Valley senior Tabansi Collins finished second in the boys’ 100-meter dash, crossing the finish line in a blazing 10.96. Collins also took second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.60.




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