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Jul 19, 2022

Holmdel Track and Field Athletes Put on a Show at NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II Championship

By Tim Morris

Holmdel High School’s girls put the field back into track and field.

The Hornets finished fourth at the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II Championship with 65 of their 66 points coming from the field events. Holmdel had two individual champions in Katie O’Brien and Justine Prophete.

“We have been very fortunate this season to have a combination of talented seniors and relatively new athletes on our team,” said Tom Herman, Holmdel’s field coach. “Our seniors set the tone for the season by consistently having personal best performances each week.”

O’Brien continued Holmdel’s long tradition in the javelin throw which dates to the late Bob Roggy; the Holmdel grad set an American record in the event, 314-4, and was the world’s top thrower in 1982. O’Brien won the javelin with a 104-9 throw. Her teammate Sophia Laudi finished fourth (98-11).

The Hornets collected 20 points in the high jump with Prophete taking the win, clearing 5-2. Teammates Maya Lapinski and Melissa Mitjans each jumped 5-0 and were third and fourth.

The Hornets exceled in the triple jump, getting 16 points via 2-3-5 finishes. Alexa DiNardo was runner-up, traveling 34-6. Sara Trinchello left her mark in the sand at 33-0 for third, and Julia Koechley was fifth at 32-3 ½. Trinchello (16-4) and DiNardo (16-1 ¾) were third and sixth in the long jump.

Julia Saporito closed out the field scoring, taking second in the discus (113-8).

The busy Trinchello and DiNardo teamed up with Moniayo Mabogunje and Brielle McClemon for a sixth-place finish in the 4×100-meter relay (52.72).

Holmdel’s boys placed 12th overall with 15 points.

Dan Vesely whirled the platter 136-0 to finish second in the discus.

The Hornets placed in two relays. Holmdel’s sprinters placed fifth in the 4×400. Jack Conte, Sunny Chung, Alec Mihalenko and Justin Harrison posted a 3:45.15. Mihalenko and Conte came back for the 4×800 with Haroon Shaikh and Luke Schneider for a fifth-place finish (8:42.40).

Also scoring for the Hornets were Harrison, fifth in the triple jump (40-7 ½), and Zach Rabkin, sixth in the pole vault (11-6).

All of Holmdel’s scorers advanced to the Group II State Championships where three medals were won. Vesely set a personal best 145-7 in discus, taking fifth at the state meet. O’Brien was sixth in the javelin (104-2) as was Rabkin in the pole vault (11-6).

Christian Brothers Academy had a quartet of individual champions at the Non-Public A championships, all in the field. Ryan Jack won the javelin throw at 177-0; Chris Brown leaped 6-6 to take the high jump; Kam Coleman hopped, skipped and jumped 47-0 ½ to win the triple jump; and Ben Skrincosky catapulted over the bar at 12-0 to capture the pole vault.