Steinert’s boys 4×400 strikes gold in the SJTFCA Relays in Toms River

Terris Burton
Senior Terris Burton was part of Steinert’s first-place 4×400 and second-place 4×200 at Monday’s SJTFCA Relays (Photo from twitter). 

By Rich Fisher

Jan. 8: The Steinert indoor track & field teams had what coach Chelsea Pitonyak would describe “as our best team effort all around this season for both the boys and the girls teams.”

The Spartans competed in the South Jersey Track & Field Coaches Association Relays at the Bennett Center in Toms River on Jan. 7 and the event was highlighted by the boys 4×200 and 4×400 teams.

In the 4×400, seniors Terris Burton, Robert Huegal and Miles Smith and junior Josh Klingele combined for a first-place finish, while in the 4×200, Smith, Huegal, Burton and senior Matt Coulanges took second.

“The edge these boys have is their versatility on the track and chemistry off of it,” Pitoynak said. “They know each other’s strengths and use their experience and years running and training together to their advantage.”

The first-year coach added there were plenty of other highlights, as “Lots of underclassmen achieved their PRs (personal best times).”

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.