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Jun 09, 2022

Colts Neck Runners and Throwers Win Big at the Monmouth County Championship

By Tim Morris

A new face has emerged in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles: Colts Neck’s Kylie Jacoutot. In just her second time running the demanding race, the junior won the Monmouth County Championship – but that’s not all. Her 1:04.48 clocking was not only a school record, but one of the 25 fastest times run in the country this spring.

Jim Schlentz, one of the Cougars coaches, noted that while Jacoutot started out as a 100-, 200- and 400-meter runner, she didn’t have the raw speed of top sprinters. Strength was her calling card, and no race demands strength like the 400 hurdles.

With a personal best of 58.36 for 400 meters, Jacoutot had the flat speed to run a fast time over the hurdles and with strength her edge, that school record figures to fall more than once before the season concludes.

Jacoutot also ran the 400 at the Monmouth County Championship and placed fifth (58.54).

Colts Neck’s girls picked up a pair of championships in the field. Catherine Vota won the discus throw (119-0) and Katherine Taylor the javelin (117-4). Both marks are the 25th best in the state. Taylor continued her remarkable reliability this spring, consistently throwing the javelin 116 to 120 feet. The win and distance was a breakout for Vota, who also took fourth in the shot put (33-0). 

Other scorers for the Cougars were Ava Wilmot, fifth in the 1,600 (5:09.78) and the 800 (2:20.82); Elizabeth Scarpa, fifth in the 3,200 (11:29.80); Elizabeth Yodakis, third in the shot put (33-11 ½); Julianna Coniglio, sixth in the javelin (97-3); Issabella Marcinkiewicz, sixth in the 200 (27.25); Julianna Gibson, sixth in the discus (107-11); and Sophie Myerson, Christy Mossaad, Ava Suhocki and Iyu Franklyn, sixth in the 4×400 relay (4:24.60).

Standouts for the boys were Ryan Johnson and the 4×800 relay team. Johnson was second in both the 1,600 (4:20.16) and 3,200 (9:20.49). Both were personal bests for the Cougar and top 25 times in the state. Johnson also ran a leg on the 4×800 relay team that placed second (8:18.58) behind that of Christian Brothers Academy (8:14.50). Joe Allegro, Hunter Celkupa and Leo Kurtz were the other runners on the relay.

Also scoring for the boys were John Lalli, fifth in the discus (127-8); Eric Lavin, sixth in the javelin (131-11); and Michael Friscia, Sam Nubile, Gavin Dupay and Gavin Proscia, third in the 4×100 rely (454.43).

Colts Neck’s girls (55) and boys (33) finished fourth at the championships. Howell captured the girls’ team title (92.67) and Christian Brothers Academy won on the boys’ side (155.5).