The Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School girls’ track team had already established the 2022 season as a banner year when they captured the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group 2 State Sectional championship. Following that win, the squad moved on to the All State Group 2 championships, with the same result.
The Bulldogs topped a field of 48 schools with a high score of 64 points. Demarest (51) and Metuchen (46) were the closest competitors.
Clemmie Lilley led the squad, fully or partially accounting for 36 points. The freshman sprinter took first in the 400-meter dash with a 56.57 clocking. Following her across the finish line were teammate Chloee Dotts (57.60) and Ramsey’s Catriona McKeown (58.63). Lilley also placed third in the 800 meters. She jumped in the race just 20 minutes after competing in the 4×100 relay.
The depth of the RFH squad translated to success in the relay events.
A relay squad comprised of Tyler Argilagos, Megan Burns, Lilley and Dotts claimed the 4×100-meter relay championship, stopping the timer at 49.27.
The quartet of Burns, Argilagos, Lilley and Ryan Malone blazed to victory in the 4×400 relay. Their clocking of 4:02:45 was nearly five seconds better than their closest competitor, Hillside (4:07:38).
RFH claimed a bronze medal in the 4×800 relay. Staffing that unit were Malone, Hannah Nitka, Sarah Butler and Katie Murray.
In addition to her second-place finish in the 400 meters, Dotts took silver in the 200-meter dash and scored fifth place points in the 100-meter dash.
Also scoring for RFH were Murray (fifth 800 meters), and Julia Shanes (sixth 1,600 meters and sixth 3,200 meters).
The Bulldogs earned a pair of silver medals in the boys competition. John Connors cleared the high jump bar at 6-04.00, and Ryan McKay recorded a throw of 50-01.00 in the shot put competition.