Shasha wins two of five gold medals earned by Hamilton Township at Group III championships

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Hamilton’ Richmond Shasha was unstoppable at this past weekend’s Group III meet as the senior won gold medals in both the triple and long jumps. 

By Rich Fisher

June 3: When it comes to the NJSIAA Group III Track & Field Championships, Hamilton West was not only jumping for joy, it was jumping for gold.

The Hornets Richmond Shasha advanced to this week’s Meet of Champions by winning the Group III boys long jump (23-feet, 3 inches) and triple jump (48-8), while Isjae Wright won gold in the girls triple jump (38-3.25) in Bayville this past Friday and Saturday. Shasha’s triple jump mark is the best in New Jersey this year heading into the MOC.

Other Hornet boys to advance were Augustin Valentin in the 110 hurdles (4th, 14.76), Ahmad White in the high jump (5th, 36-2) and DeAngelo Hill in the triple jump (3rd, 45-8).  

Nottingham earned one gold medal when the 4×100 relay team of Javon Jenkins, Jaier Nelson, Judeson Mirac and Dana Ridley took first in 42.16. Ridley and Alix Oge also advanced to the MOC individually, as Ridley took second in the 200 (21.42) and the 100 (10.82) and Oge was second in the 110 hurdles (14.16)

Steinert also gave Hamilton Township a gold medal winner, as Terris Burton won the 400 hurdles (53.27). The Spartans got two others through, with Matt Coulanges grabbing fifth in the triple jump (44-10-1/2) and Savion Cooper taking sixth in discus (149-11).

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.