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Jun 27, 2017

RFH Girls’ Track Squads Capture Relay Titles

By Les Pierce

The Rumson-Fair Haven girls’ track team brought home titles in two different events at the Monmouth County Relay Championships on May 4 in Long Branch.

The RFH 3 by 400 hurdle relay squad. Left to right: Alina Arko, Campbell Devlin, Olivia Turi

The Bulldogs were victorious in one of the most exciting events of the day, the 4 by 200 meter relay, a race that requires precision exchanges at high speeds. Sophomore Maddie Orr led off and passed the baton to Kaitlyn MacGillis for the second leg.  Emily Burns took the handoff for the third leg 15 meters behind the leader, but closed the gap to just five meters when she passed to anchor Grace Hofferber, who accelerated to the front down the straightaway and pulled away for the win in the school record-breaking time of 1:47.18.  Hofferber’s split of 25:71 enabled RFH to defeat runnerup Red Bank Catholic by eight tenths of a second, with that squad clocking at 1:48.01. Neptune held up for the bronze at 1:48.45.

Coach Tim McLoone put a contingent of sophomores on the track for the 400 meter hurdle relay and the youthful squad responded with a clear victory. The key to the win was Campbell Devlin’s 1:06.39 clocking, the fastest recorded that day. Teaming with Devlin to turn away closest competitors Middletown North and Middletown South for the win were Alina Arko and Olivia Turi. RFH also finished third in the four by 1600 relay. Collecting bronze medals were Melissa Rowland, Ryanne Mulligan, Claudia Satzke, and Julia Tambaro.