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Jul 12, 2022

Middletown North’s Guerrieri Captures State Hurdle Title

By Les Pierce

Hailey Guerrieri (center) wins the 100-meter hurdles title over Allentown’s Hannah Swale (left) and Emme Hoarle (right) of Somerville.

Middletown High School North hurdler Hailey Guerrieri captured the Central Jersey Group 3 100-meter hurdle championship by the narrowest of margins. She edged Allentown’s Hannah Swale by just three one-hundredths of a second to take the crown with a 15.86 clocking.

The two leaders touched down after the final hurdle in unison, but a late surge and good lean by Guerrieri was the difference. Emme Hoarle of Somerville finished third, timed at 16.61.

Guerrieri, a Monmouth University-bound senior, came off a spectacular indoor campaign over the winter, posting an undefeated string of five championships. She started with a win at the SCTA Season Opener on Dec. 21. This was followed by victories at the Monmouth County Championships on Jan. 21, Shore Conference Championships on Jan. 27, Central Jersey Group 3 Sectional Championships on Feb. 19 and the NJSIAA Group 3 Championships on Feb. 26.  

Her most recent win is the ninth major meet championship of her career. The versatile athlete has also won and medaled numerous times in field events, specifically the long jump, triple jump and high jump.  

“Hailey has been an absolute pleasure to coach over the last four years,” Middletown North Coach Raymond Convey said.  “She is one of the best track athletes to come through Middletown North. She is only the third girl in the history of Middletown North girls track and field to ever win an indoor Group Championship. Previously in this outdoor season, she has won the Monmouth County Championship in the 100 hurdles and long jump. She works so hard and is a great leader within our program. We have been very fortunate to have her in the program these last four years.”