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Pinelands Indoor Track Squads Expect Big Individual Effort This Winter

Dec 01, 2017

With several weeks to go before they get a new indoor track season under way, the Pinelands Regional boys and girls squads are working hard toward fulfilling their goals as they prepare for the outdoor season in the spring.

“All of the guys back this year are working hard and improving, and that’s what we need,” said boys coach Don Angelini, whose crew recently began practices and are moving along despite a wacky schedule due to temporary split sessions in the district. “I’m expecting some good things from many of our guys this winter, and it should carry into the spring.”

Angelini’s optimism starts with his throwers. Despite losing former top gun Ryan McAndrew to graduation, the Wildcats have plenty of firepower in the tank ready to reach new marks this season.

“We have a whole slew of throwers and they’re all pretty good,” he said. “The weight team is probably going to carry us. The hurdlers and distance guys are looking pretty good, too.”

The throwing crew’s promise starts with a pair of juniors: Jacob Lucas and Jonathan Makar. Lucas broke onto the scene last season as a 10th-grader and was solid, placing 10th in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group II meet with a shot put of 39 feet, 7¼ inches. That throw was preceded by a toss of 40 feet, 9¾ inches for an 11th-place finish at the Ocean County Championships. In the same meets, Makar heaved the shot put 38 feet, 3½ inches and 38 feet, 9¼ inches, respectively. Adding depth behind them will be seniors Paul Lund, Drew Camacho, David Kohler and Mike Weber.

Leading the hurdlers this winter will be senior Zack Reeves, while sophomore Tyler Demmerle adds some speed to the event. Demmerle also should fare well in the sprint events, along with classmates Tim Samura and Matt Johnson.

The distance group expected to lead the charge consists of juniors Justin Schlattman – who was 21st in the SJ2 3,200-meter run and 22nd in Ocean County a year ago – Tristan Pharo and Patrick Princiotti; sophomore Nolan Rollison; and freshmen Mart Villanueva and Jacob Santillanes.

As for coach Matt Fuller’s girls, several athletes are expecting to fare well individually. After an incredible debut season, sophomore thrower Elizabeth Makar should be one of the better shot putters in Ocean County this winter. Makar a year ago placed 11th in South Jersey Group II with a throw of 29 feet, 3 inches, and then regularly threw into the mid-30s during the spring.

“Liz probably is going to be up there this year,” Fuller said. “She improved a lot during the spring and she’s getting stronger. She’s going to score points for us, for sure.”

Junior Teresa Jaeckel also is expected to amass some points in the high jump, as she regularly cleared the bar at 5 feet throughout last season and placed ninth in SJ2. Senior Susan Grelak should be one of the better sprinters for the Wildcats, and sophomore Emily English and freshman Marlee Tharp could be on the rise in the 3,200 and 1,600, respectively.

David Biggy

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