Barnegat Boys Indoor Track Scoring Points, Tuning Up for Spring
Like many indoor track teams, Barnegat High School’s boys squad is using the winter season as a tune-up for the coming outdoor meets.
“As always, we’re using the winter season as a base-builder for the spring,” said coach Joe Doviak as the season got under way. “But we’re going to rely heavily on the experience of several athletes who had really good spring seasons last year.”
And such has been the case thus far, with the Bengals taking on a somewhat limited schedule as a number of athletes hone the techniques and skills they will utilize to score big points in April and May. On Jan. 11 at the Ocean County Championships, Doviak received a small glimpse of what the future may hold when the weather warms up, as his Bengals finished seventh in the team standings with 19 points.
Leading the effort was one of Barnegat’s premier athletes, Nico Adorno, who was right on the heels of several other sprinters en route to top-three spots in both the 55-meter and 400-meter dashes. After qualifying third, Adorno raced to second in the 55-meter with a time of 6.74 seconds, just 0.19 behind Toms River North’s Bryce Watts. In the 400-meter, Adorno took third in 52.93 seconds, only 0.14 behind North’s Abdolahe Diawara and 0.01 behind Jackson Memorial’s Brendan Sweet.
Adding to the points total were Gunnar Pearson, who placed sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:06.21; and Nick Kovaly, who was fourth in the high jump at a height of 5 feet, 8 inches. Kirston Beaucicault just missed adding points when he placed eighth in the 55 dash, while Kyle Sarno took 15th in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:52.33.
The Bengals also had a solid day during the Ocean County Relays on Jan. 3, finishing sixth with 24 points.
The big winners, scoring 10 points, were Adorno, Ralph Cruz, Kovaly and Pearson, who combined for a first-place finish in the 1,600-meter sprint medley with a time of 3:50.45. In the 4x200-meter relay, the team of Adorno, Ramone Davis Jr., Beaucicault and Dewight Smith-Fernandez scored six third-place points with a time of 1:37.51.
The high jump duo of Kovaly and Jacques Picault combined for eight points as Kovaly cleared the bar at 5 feet, 8 inches and Picault cleared 5 feet, 6 inches. The distance medley foursome of Kovaly, Pearson, Sarno and Joe Scioscio just missed scoring points, with an eighth-place finish.
With the girls squad, a light number of competing athletes hasn’t garnered big results against the county’s elite indoor track teams, but the Bengals have seen a few bright moments during recent weeks.
Alexis Pangilinan missed qualifying for the 55-meter dash final by 0.08 and ended up 12th with a time of 7.86 seconds, while Sara Wells took on a tough field in the shot put and placed 16th with a throw of 29 feet, 4¾ inches.
During the Ocean County Relays, the crew of Kayla Carter, Valerie Glonek, Rebekah Santos and Pangilinan took a ninth-place finish in the 4x200-meter relay in 1:56.69.
— David Biggy