Nottingham’s Louis Abpadogo sprints down the track in the Meet of Champions. Photo by Michael A. Sabo
By Rich Fisher
June 11: The good news for Hamilton Township is that four athletes from all three public schools placed in the NJSIAA Meet of Champions boys competition at Northern Burlington this past Saturday.
The better news is every one of them will be back next year.
Nottingham led the way with two medals, both from sophomores. Louis Abpadogo took 4th place in the 100 meters with a time of 10.91, while Dana Ridley was 6th in the 200 in 21.90. Abpadogo was seeded ninth entering the event, while Ridley was the 13th seed.
Hamilton West junior Richmond Sasha finished 4th in the triple jump with a mark of 46-05.25 after being seeded 2nd at 48-3.25 entering the race. Sasha also competed in the long jump and out-jumped his No. 19 seed by finishing 12th with a leap of 22-1/2.
Steinert’s medal winner was Terris Burton, who took 5th in the 400 hurdles in a personal best time of 54.03. Burton held serve, as he was seeded fifth.
The township’s best chance for a girls’ medalist was Steinert’s Ashley Navarro. Unfortunately, the Monmouth-bound senior dealt with leg issues during her 800 race and finished eighth (two spots from a medal) in 2:15.11. Navarro entered the event with a seeded time of 2:12.70.
Other Steinert boys to compete were junior Matt Coulanges (12th, triple jump, 43-6) and senior Keon Cooper (21st, javelin, 164-0).
Also competing for the Hamilton boys were senior Barry Ndeh (17th, high jump, 6-4), Javon Porter(18th, 100, 11.20) and the 4×100 team of Porter, Bryon Hearst, Kevin Boswell and Brandon Muir (13th, 43.01).
Running for the Nottingham boys were junior Alix Oge (12th, 110 hurdles, 14.55) and senior Jonathan Torres (13th, 3200, 9:31.72).
The remainder of the girls competitors were both in the triple jump with Hamilton junior Isjae Wright taking 21st (35-2) and Steinert senior Tatiana Dorner finishing right behind in 22nd (35-1).