Nottingham wins three golds at Lavino Relays; Hornets also bring home a champ

The Nottingham 4x400 team of Kernley Charles, Jalen Corbin, Emilio Selesnick and Shamali Whittle took a gold medal at the Lavino Relays and set a school record in the process.
The Nottingham 4×400 team of  Kernley Charles, Jalen Corbin, Emilio Selesnick and Shamali Whittle took a gold medal at the Lavino Relays and set a school record in the process. 

By Rich Fisher

Jan. 12: The Nottingham High winter boys track & field team is quickly serving notice that it will once again be a force with which to be reckoned this year.

The Northstars had a blistering performance in the Lavino Relays at the Lawrenceville School Jan. 11, winning three events and breaking a school record in the process.

The day was highlighted by the 4×400 team of Kernley Charles, Jalen Corbin, Shamali Whittle and Emilio Selesnick, who ran a first-place time of 3:28.33 to set a new Northstar standard. Louis Akpadago, Corbin, Selesnick and Dana Ridley also brought home the gold, winning the 4×200 in 1:31.34; and the 4×55 shuttle hurdle squad took first in 31.58 behind Charles, Cory Louis-Jean, Uche Ezeukwu and Whittle.

The Northstars got a third-place finish from Geordany Alexis, who threw the shot 45-4, while Louis-Jean was tied for 12th in the pole vault with a height of 11-6.  In the girls shot, Gloria Owusu was 8th with a 31-9-1/2

“The team did great,” coach Melissa “Shop ‘N Bag” Persichetti said. “Both boys and girl hit PRs and looked impressive in their relay teams. They are all working extremely hard to prepare for states and upcoming invites.”

Hamilton West also had a champion in Max Floreal, who tied for first in the high jump with three other competitors at a height of 6-0.

West got a 10th-place finish from Valentin Augustin in the long jump (20-feet, 1-1/2 inches) while Jacquel Jupiter was 13th (19-6). The Hornets also showed well in the girls high jump, as Abigail Pfaff tied for fourth in 5-0 and Lauren Peterson and Malama Toure tied for 12th at 4-8.  

Jacob Darby (41-6) and Davidson Barthelemy 40-8-1/2) were 6th and 8th in the shot, while Gloria Owusu took 8th in the girls shot competition with a 31-9-1/2. 

About The Author

Rich Fisher has been around the Hamilton Township sports scene for so long that he actually got Rich Giallella’s autograph when Giallella was still a player! Proud product of Hamilton YMCA and Lou Gehrig baseball leagues and former teammate of Jim Maher on a very average Barton & Cooney rec basketball team, Fish graduated from Nottingham Junior High and Steinert High school and has covered township sports since 1980. His goal in life is to convince Maria Prato that Jersey tomatoes are at least 100 times better than California tomatoes.

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