Barnegat Leader

Expect Adorno to Excel as Barnegat Indoor Track Squads Open Season

Dec 15, 2017

After sustaining a shoulder injury that required surgery and ended his football season before the first game, Nico Adorno spent most of September and October itching to get onto the next thing, one that likely will lead to multiple collegiate offers as the new year gets under way: the track.

This winter, the senior sprinter not only will look to lead the Barnegat High School boys indoor track squad reach new heights as a team, but will also continue building on the success of last season as an individual.

“He’s had a lot of success going into this year,” said coach Joe Doviak. “He has big expectations, and he’s looking to go to the Meet of Champions in the 55-meter dash.”

Without question, Barnegat’s top sprinter has plenty in the tank and a lot of fuel to burn after not taking a pounding during football season. Other than rehabilitating his shoulder for the past couple of months, Adorno’s legs are fresh and should be ready to go this weekend in the Shore Track Coaches Association Season Opener meet in Toms River.

But the Bengals have a bunch of other athletes expected to rise to new heights as well, starting with senior jumper and distance runner Nick Kovaly, whose primary events are the high jump, 800-meter and 1,600-meter runs; senior Joe Herod, primarily a hurdler and high jumper; and sophomore sprinters Ralph Cruz, Justin Gomez and Dewight Smith-Fernandez. Several newcomers who may make an immediate impact include junior hurdlers Eugene Fleming and Aidan Tai, as well as freshman distance guy Peter Dizon.

The rest of the indoor track crew – scheduled to compete in the Ocean County Championships on Jan. 10 and the Shore Conference Championships on Jan. 26 – includes seniors Abdoulaye Diagne and Elijah Chesney; juniors Anthony Irizarry, Richard Norman and Liam Lynch-Bell; sophomores Gino DiGiovanni, Michael Erwin, Ryan Fisher, Max Gomez, Liam Kreudl, Sebastian Nicolay, Jacob Schleicher, Sean Toner and Lukas Torres; and freshmen Anthony Bucca, Nicholas Guarino, Adonye Corbin and Jeremiah Salomia.

As for the girls, they don’t have quite the depth to challenge for any team titles, but Doviak is confident in one athlete’s ability to make a larger impact across the county, conference and state this winter.

“Sara Wells improved greatly last spring in both the shot put and the discus, largely due to her work ethic and commitment to getting better every day,” he said. “Last winter, she had a personal best of 32-11 in the shot put to take 14th in the state Group II Championships; and improved that mark to 33-3¼ in the spring.”

With former Donovan Catholic powerhouse Alyssa Wilson now in college, Wells may end up a contender for a county title this season. Of course, in the bigger meets a few inches either way makes a big difference. Still, Doviak expects big things from the senior.

He’s also expecting some bigger performances out of sophomore Kayla Carter, who he says “should be one of the area’s top sprinters this season.” Thus far, Carter’s personal-best in the 55-meter dash is 7.69 seconds.

As for the rest of the squad, Doviak said the team needs further improvement from its athletes as the Bengals try to rise higher as a unit. Among those he’ll be relying on are seniors Kayln Kellner (sprints/distance), Haley Soccadato (distance), Lindsey Shugar (distance) and Rebekah Santos (sprints), as well as junior Neena Singh (sprints) and sophomore Isabella Concepcion-Sagarate (sprints/distance).

Several newcomers who may provide an immediate impact include junior sprinter Haley Kozemko, junior thrower Karina Santiago and freshman distance runner Aerianna Godwin.

“We’re excited about using this season to build strength and a solid work ethic to prepare for the spring,” Doviak said. “Many of our athletes are eager to start competing.”

— David Biggy


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