Southern Regional’s Miele, Bulger and Relay Set for Indoor Track Meet of Champions

Feb 21, 2018

When the NJSIAA Meet of Champions rolls around, in either the winter or spring, Southern Regional track and field athletes have made it a habit of being among the state’s best. And that will be the case again on Feb. 24, when a pair of individuals and a relay are slated to culminate the indoor season.

After capturing the South Jersey Group IV title with a throw of more than 51 feet a week earlier, the Rams’ Joe Miele had a rough time in the Group IV meet on Feb. 9, finishing 11th overall with a top distance of 48 feet, 7¾ inches. Still, the senior earned a position in the Meet of Champions as one of the wild-card entries, due to his throw being among the highest 10 after those who gained automatic bids by finishing amid the top six in their respective groups.

In the same vein, sophomore Karagan Bulger will be among those competing in the girls’ Meet of Champions after she placed ninth overall in the Group IV 1,600-meter run and her time of 5:15.60 gave her a wild-card spot. She also anchored the Rams’ 4x400-meter relay, also comprised of Caitlin Hambor, Maria Mezzo and Brookelle Kline, which finished eighth in 4:10.10.

As for those who didn’t quite reach the Meet of Champions, all of the local athletes competing in group championship meets finished 15th or higher, including Southern’s David Springstead, who cleared 12 feet in the Group IV pole vault to finish 14th.

In Group II, Barnegat thrower Sara Wells topped the local girls’ performances by throwing a personal-best 34 feet, 5 inches in the shot put, finishing ninth, while Pinelands’ Elizabeth Makar tossed the shot 33 feet, 10 inches to take 12th. The Wildcats’ Teresa Jaeckel also finished 12th in the high jump after clearing 4 feet, 10 inches, and teammate Sarah Keady ran a 1:01.85 to take 13th amid a loaded field in the 400-meter dash. For the boys, Barnegat’s Nick Kovaly was ninth in the high jump at 5 feet, 8 inches, while teammate Aiden Tai took 11th in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.81 seconds, and Pinelands’ Jonathan Makar was 12th in the shot put with a throw of 46 feet, 6¾ inches. —D.B.

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