Tuckerton Leader

Javelin Throwers Lead Way for Pinelands Regional Track Teams

Spring Sports Preview
Apr 06, 2018

Pinelands Regional High School would have been quite the power back in the days when battles were fought using spears and swords. OK, we don’t know how well the Wildcats would have done with swords – Pinelands, same as all of Southern Ocean County’s high schools, does not have a fencing team. But it does have both girls and boys track and field teams, which means it has javelin throwers, and if they are any indication, Pinelands would have given the Romans a tough time on the field of battle.

The 2018 girls track and field team at Pinelands is headed by senior Carly Jannsch, who had quite the campaign competing in javelin last year, despite its being the first year she had joined the team. Jannsch is the defending New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association South Jersey Group III champ in the javelin. She also finished second in the State Group III Championships, second in the Ocean County Meet, fourth in the Shore Conference Championships and qualified for both the New Balance Outdoor Nationals and the NJSIAA Meet of Champions (where she had an unusually bad day and finished 16th with a throw of 114 feet, 6 inches as compared to her toss of 126 feet, 9 inches in the South Jersey meet).

Imagine what Jannsch – better known for leading her volleyball team to both South B and Shore Conference titles can do now that she’s had some experience.

The Pinelands girls team has a strong field contingent beyond Jannsch. Sophomore Liz Makar took fourth-place honors in the shot put at the SJ Group III Championships last year as a mere freshman. She has a second-place finish in the same event in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group II Indoor Championships under her belt as well. Junior Teresa Jaeckel finished third in the high jump in this year’s NJSIAA SJ Group II Indoor Championships.

Meanwhile, sophomore Sara Keady seems to be the team’s leader on the track, thanks to her sixth-place finishes in the 400 meters in both the last Ocean County and SJ Group II Indoor Championships.

Toss in a number of experienced competitors, such as seniors Rachel Stanio (sprints/pole vault), Jackie Peschko (distance) and Susie Grelak (jumps); and juniors Rachel Papernik (hurdles), Cayln Conway (hurdles/jumps), Jaycee DeMaria (throws/jumps) and Bianca Trice (throws); and talented newcomers such as junior Alex Hanna (sprints), sophomore Cathy Hanna (distance) and freshmen Marlee Tharp (distance) and Sunni DiElmo (sprints), and it is easy to see why head coach Matthew Fuller is optimistic about his team’s 2018 prospects.

He’s predicting a 5-2 dual meet record and expects to compete for the B South title, with Jackson Liberty and Donovan Catholic providing the toughest competition.

The Pinelands boys track and field team, too, is led by a javelin athlete. Senior Brennan Richardson finished fourth in last spring’s NJSIAA South Jersey Group III Championships.

Richardson also teamed up with now-junior Evan Burton, along with the graduated pair of Jarred Rheiner and Sean Casiao, to take sixth in the 4x100-meter relay in that same SJ Group III meet, so the boys team would seem to have some sprinting talent.

— Rick Mellerup

rickmellerup@thesandpaper.net

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