By Rich Fisher
May 20: If the Hopewell Valley-Steinert Spartan Freshman Track & Field meet is any indication, the future looks good for Hamilton Township schools.
Hamilton West took four gold medals, three silvers and two bronzes in the event, which saw township schools get a total of nine golds, nine silvers and nine bronzes this past Saturday. Steinert garnered three golds, four silvers and five bronzes, while Nottingham nabbed two golds, two silvers and two bronzes.
In the freshman meet, the Hornets’ Mikayla Hall won the long jump in 15-10, while taking third were Nadeen-Abdel-Gleil in the 400 and Krystania Gauthier (long jump).
Steinert champions were Duvel Joasil (discus 107-2) and Nolan Riddell (110 hurdles, 17.56), while runners-up were Alexander Friedrich (high jump) and Kailey Conner (400). Taking third were Ciani White (100 hurdles), Riley Yorke (pole vault), Tyler Kostin (3200), Liam MacDonald (110 hurdles) and Joasil (shot).
Nottingham’s Shamali Whittle won the 100 meters in a time of 10.88 (his only 100 of the season) and anchored the winning 4×400 team (3:44.30). The Stars B 4×400 team was third, while Ameer Muse took second in the javelin.
In the sophomore meet, Hamilton’s Abigail Pfaff won the high jump with a mark of 5-0, James Dean took the 800 (2:03.63) and Krishi Jadoo claimed the pole vault (10-6). Second-place finishers were Dean (1600), Kevin Boswell (100, 200) and Davidson Barthelemy (shot).
The Spartans Myles Pulley won the 400 (51.44); the 4×400 relay team and Isabella Kaufman (3200) took second, while Pulley (high jump) and Matt Plumeri (200) were third.
Nottingham’s Jalen Corbin took second in 400 and Uche Ezeukwu was third in the 110 hurdles.