Barnegat Leader Winter Sports Previews

Barnegat Boys Indoor Track Crew Loaded With Prominent Speedsters

Dec 18, 2018
Photo by: David Biggy Junior sprinters Justin Gomez (left) and Ralph Cruz have experience and talent on their side, and they will be expected to score big points for the Barnegat boys indoor track team this winter.

While the indoor track and field season generally is used as a tuneup for the bigger spring season, Barnegat coach Joe Doviak has reason to believe this winter might be full of a bit more than the average buildup to April.

“We are excited about this upcoming season,” Doviak said. “Many of our athletes are eager to start competing on the track. We are young in some areas, but experienced and very talented in others.  Our strengths are sprints, relays and hurdles. We also have some key distance runners looking to make an impact in the upcoming winter and spring seasons.”

After the graduation of Nico Adorno, the squad took a bit of a hit in the speed department. However, the Bengals have plenty of speedsters left in the arsenal, and they definitely will be utilized to score points this winter.

Leading the way will be senior Aidan Tai, who last year zipped to the fifth spot in Ocean County in the 55-meter dash, then took fifth in the Shore Conference and sixth in NJSIAA South Jersey Group II. He also was 11th in the county in the 55-meter hurdles. Behind Tai in the hurdles is classmate Eugene Fleming, who swiped the 15th position in the section a year ago.

Beyond Tai and Fleming, Doviak expects bigger things this season from juniors Ralph Cruz, Justin Gomez and Ryan Fisher. Cruz was seventh in the county 55 dash, Fisher managed a 17th place in the 400-meter dash at the sectional meet last winter, and Gomez is coming off an impressive spring season. Juniors Lukas Torres and Anthony Irizarry add further depth to the returning crew of sprinters and hurdlers.

Meanwhile, the distance core likely will be led by sophomore Peter Dizon, who recently completed a fantastic cross-country season. From there, the experience drops off for the Bengals, and Doviak will be turning to a whole slew of newcomers for strong contributions in some of the bigger indoor meets this winter.

Among that group of promising newcomers are junior sprinters Dominique Dorphin and Sean Toner, junior sprinter/hurdler Jesse Omelczuk and junior distance runner Jacob Schleicher, as well as sophomores Davon Archer (sprints), Adonye Corbin (sprints/hurdles) and Daylan Carll (distance), and freshman distance guys Peter Craig and Gino DiGiovanni.

As for the girls, Doviak’s squad is light on experience, with only two seniors – Haley Kozemko (sprints/hurdles) and Neena Singh (sprints). Junior Kayla Carter likely will carry the most clout of the sprints crew, after last year scoring fourth-place points in the county 55 dash before taking ninth in the conference.

The remaining returning athletes include juniors Isabella Concepcion (sprints/distance) and Quamora Proctor (throws), and sophomores Jillian Jankowski (sprints/hurdles), who had a phenomenal spring season as a freshman, and Jadelyn Rodriguez (distance).

Where the Bengals definitely will pick up points where they hadn’t scored many in recent years is in the distance events, particularly the 3,200-meter run, as freshman Lillian Sarno, who quickly became one of the county’s best cross-country runners this past fall, likely will take the lead role in the longer runs.

Otherwise, Doviak is looking to newcomers and juniors Kiersten Glonek and Maddie Schleicher, better known for her prowess on the hockey and lacrosse fields, to bolster the Bengals a bit, specifically in the sprints and distance events.

David Biggy

biggy@thesandpaper.net

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