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Feb 04, 2022

RFH and CBA Capture Wins at Monmouth County Indoor Relay Championship

By Tim Morris

Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School indoor track and field coach Tim McLoone has a tried-and-true formula for success during the relay season. He explained, “The secret is to have quality on all the relay legs and score in all six relays – that and score some points in the field.”

That “secret” has helped RFH thrive in relays over the years, and it made the difference at the Monmouth County Relays recently held at the Bennett Indoor Complex in Toms River. Rumson’s girls scored in all six track relay events, winning two, and picked up a win in the pole vault to capture the county championship. The girls held off Colts Neck and Howell, two schools that tied for second, 52-38.

“We had quality legs on every relay. We just kept coming at teams,” said McLoone.

The boys put together their finest showing, finishing behind only state power Christian Brothers Academy, 81-60. The Bulldogs won two relay championships and the pole vault.

“This is the best boys’ team we’ve ever had,” noted McLoone. Both Rumson teams have a bevy of quality distance runners and sprinters who compete in the 200-, 400- and 800-meter races, which makes it easy to put a top athlete on every leg of a relay. 

Jackie Braceland, Sarah Butler, Logan Rettino and Julia Shanes teamed up to win the 4×800 in 10:13.82 for Rumson’s girls. Katie Hennen, Clemmie Lilley, Megan Burns and Chloe Dotts ran away with the 4×200 (1:48.82) for the Bulldogs. Mackenzie Sullivan and Ellie Applegate both cleared 7-0 in the pole vault to capture that relay for the Bulldogs and earn 10 points.

Patrick Simpson, Jack McBarron, Quinn Padovan and Thomas Shore out-ran CBA to win the 4×800 relay (8:23.34) for Rumson’s boys. It was Alec Cady, John Connors, Harrison Rosen and Owen Saad who won the 4×200 in 1:36.23. Gabe Stypul soared over the pole vault bar at 11-6, and teammate Leonard Izzo did 11-0 to win the relay with a combine clearance of 22-6.

CBA’s throwers Robert Manse III and Tyler Mayhoff uncorked two of the best shot put tosses in the country this winter. Their combined distance of 115-5 won the relay by nearing 30 feet. Manse III edged his teammate 57-10 to 57-5.

CBA was able to out-score Rumson by winning three events on the track and two in the field, scoring in all nine events. CBA’s relay championships teams were: Aidan MacManus, Matt Herman, Declan Picadio and Ben Skrincosky in the 4×400 (3:36.17); Kam Coleman, Herman, Tyler Straley and Skrincosky in the 4×55 Shuttle Hurdles (33.35); and Herman, Picadio, Stephen Makin and Skrincosky in the Sprint Medley (3:45.22). Coleman (5-8) and Tyler Straley (5-4) shared the high jump championship with Middletown North’s Trevor Reid (5-8) and Matthew Rufo (5-4).

Middletown North’s girls also captured a county relay championship. Ashley Cunningham, Hailey Guerrieri, Kathleen Mayhew and Kaitlyn Pedersen edged Howell in the 4×51.5 Shuttle Hurdles (34.69) for the Lions.