Belmont sets two meet marks in leading Old Bridge girls to GMC track title

TOMS RIVER — Despite not running a 3,200-meter race in nearly a year, Old Bridge High School’s Rachel Belmont scored a meet-record 11:06.83, then added to the accomplishment with a meet-record run of 5:13.17 in the 1,600 to help the Knights capture the Greater Middlesex Conference team title Saturday at the Bennett Center.

Old Bridge edged Piscataway 46-44 for first place, with South Brunswick just three points behind.

“I was so happy with the 3,200; the goal today was to do enough to win the 1,600, but save enough energy to win the 3,200,” Belmont said. “I knew that would need that extra boost to hold off Rachel Suss (of Metuchen) in the two-mile race. It was such a fun race, having a great runner push me to be my best. I haven’t run a two-mile in almost a year, so I didn’t know where I’d be. But I feel like that was what I needed to get a personal record and both of these meet records.”

Belmont, who set course records during the fall cross country season, said that being part of a championship team during her senior season was even more rewarding than earning a pair of meet records.

“Honestly, it’s amazing to be part of another team champion team,” she said. “We’re all working towards the same goal and as a senior, it’s great. Individual wins are great, but team wins are even better. It’s surreal. Everyone has to come together and that certainly happened today.”

Oksana Sokolova became a three-time GMC champion at the high jump, clearing 5-4, to boost the Knights past Piscataway and South Brunswick.

“For Oksana to win her third in a row is great,” Old Bridge girls coach Steve Gajewski said. “We talked about her being a two-time champion and defending it and it was a pressure event and she did a great job.”

Piscataway made it a close race for the team title in the 4×400 relay, the meet’s final event, winning by three seconds over Woodbridge. The quartet of Nia Dipuche, Jazmine Elleston, Chanel Smith, Brionna Pettus crossed the finish line in 4:04.25. Pettus also took home a gold medal in the 400-meter race, winning in 58.96.

Aspen McMillan won the 55-meter hurdles for the second straight year in 8.47 and Nicole Cavett was one of only four girls to clear the pole vault, winning the event by going over 9-0.

Vikings triumph

On the boys side, South Brunswick ran away from Old Bridge, 74-47, to give first-year head coach Chris Ruskie a GMC title. Elijah Suggs (55 dash), Juan Baxter (55 hurdles), Morgan Murray (800) and Nicholas Neville (1,600) all won events for the Vikings.

“This is great; we’re very excited. This is our third straight major championship victory and we want to keep this momentum going into sectionals,” Ruskie said. “But we knew it would be close with Old Bridge again, but our guys were prepared; they did what we told them. Not too many mistakes today and having Elijah Suggs winning was a nice surprise. We thought he could place, but winning was a huge bonus.”

Old Bridge received a strong performance from Hazem Miawad, who won the 400 in 49.92 and was part of the 4×400 relay team that edged South Brunswick by 2.5 seconds.

Miawad, along with Marcus Hernandez, Alex Leto and Jayson Gilbert ran the relay in 3:27.84.

James Hampsey of Metuchen took home gold in the 1,600 with a come-from-behind victory, edging Trent Brinofski of Bishop Ahr 9:39.67-9:41.90.

BOYS RESULTS

TEAM SCORES: 1. South Brunswick 74; 2. Old Bridge 47; 3. Perth Amboy 23; 4. J.P. Stevens 22; 5. Metuchen 21; 6. St. Joseph 20; 7. Bishop Ahr 16; 7. Sayreville 16; 9. J.F. Kennedy 11; 9. East Brunswick 11; 11. Woodbridge 6; 12. Monroe 4; 12. Piscataway 4; 14. Spotswood 2; 14 Colonia 2.

55 DASH: 1. Elijah Suggs (South Brunswick) 6.71; 2. Ivan Gulyeav (Metuchen) 6.72; 3. Shaun Abubakar (Sayreville) 6.77; 4. Brandon Phillip (East Brunswick) 6.80; 5. Gadimi Porielean (Colonia) 6.81; 6. Jorge Vasquez (Perth Amboy) 6.88.

55 HURDLES: 1. Juan Baxter (South Brunswick) 7.82; 2. Jaashir Morris (J.P. Stevens) 7.86; 3. Shaun Abubakar (Sayreville) 7.93; 4. Christopher Wong (Monroe) 8.05; 5. Josh Franklin (Old Bridge) 8.05; 6. Mark Cooke (J.P. Stevens) 8.06.

400: 1. Hazem Miawad (Old Bridge) 49.92; 2. Alex Leto (Old Bridge) 49.94; 3. Mark Cooke (J.P. Stevens) 50.67; 4. Marcus Hernandez (Old Bridge) 51.02; 5. Jaashir Morris (J.P. Stevens) 51.10; 6. Ivan Gulyeav (Metuchen) 51.37.

800: 1. Morgan Murray (South Brunswick) 1:57.97; 2. Matthew Tamasi (South Brunswick) 2:00.03: 3. Luiliam Teixeira (Perth Amboy) 2:02.46; 4. Daniel Torres (Sayreville) 2:02.48; 5. Nick Garifalos (Spotswood) 2:03.13; 6. Christian Garrido (South Brunswick) 2:03.83.

1600: 1. Nicholas Neville (South Brunswick) 4:34.38; 2. Gerard D’Ambrosio (Old Bridge) 4:34.96; 3. Tyler Sanders (South Brunswick) 4:37.20; 4. Jason Rivera (Perth Amboy) 4:39.73; 5. Joseph Weber (South Brunswick) 4:43.80; 6. Aaron John (J.P. Stevens) 4:43.80.

3200: 1. James Hampsey (Metuchen) 9:39.67; 2. Trent Brinofski (Bishop Ahr) 9:41.90; 3. Brandon D’Souza (St. Joseph) 9:47.55; 4. Panth Patel (J.P. Stevens) 9:47.94; 5. Matthew Zamorski (South Brunswick) 9:48.57; 6. Kyle McCann (South Brunswick) 10:00.51.

HIGH JUMP: 1. Joseph Egri (J.F. Kennedy) 5-10; 2. Chris Minick (Bishop Ahr) 5-8; 3. Percy Martin-Oguike (Woodbridge) 5-8; 4. Tyler Hopman (Old Bridge) 5-8; 5. Trevor Firgau (Metuchen) 5-6; 6. Kevin Thomson (East Brunswick) 5-6.

SHOT PUT: 1. Anibal Hernandez (Perth Amboy) 49-5.50; 2. Alexander Borowick (St. Joseph) 47-7.00; 3. Erich Kaiser (South Brunswick) 47-6.00; 4. Patrick Conlon (St. Joseph) 47-4.00; 5. Nicholas Krute (St. Joseph) 46-5.50; 6. Chris Simone (Old Bridge) 45-3.00.

POLE VAULT: 1. Ayman Saleh (East Brunswick) 13-0; 2. Jeremy Rodriguez (South Brunswick) 13-0; 3. Nick Carbone (South Brunswick) 12-6; 4. Kevin Wainczak (South Brunswick) 12-0; 5. Ryan Koonjan (J.F. Kennedy) 11-6; 6. Joseph Egri (J.F. Kennedy) 11-0.

4×400: 1. Old Bridge (Marcus Hernandez, Alex Leto, Jayson Gilbert, Hazem Miawad) 3:27.84; 2. South Brunswick 3:30.47; 3. East Brunswick 3:34.12; 4. Piscataway 3:34.98; 5. Perth Amboy 3:38.27; 6. J.F. Kennedy 3:39.72.

GIRLS RESULTS

TEAM SCORES: 1. Old Bridge 46; 2. Piscataway 44; 3. South Brunswick 43; 4. Woodbridge 35; 5. North Brunswick 25; 6. Spotswood 22; 7. East Brunswick 21; 8. Bishop Ahr 18; 9. Metuchen 17; 10. Sayreville 7; 11. South Plainfield 6; 12. Edison 3.

55 DASH: 1. Essence Harris (North Brunswick) 7.25; 2. Aspen McMillan (South Brunswick) 7.28; 3. Brionna Pettus (Piscataway) 7.38; 4. Chanel Smith (Piscataway) 7.47; 5. Ellie Yepez (Woodbridge) 7.56; 6. Desirae Osley (South Brunswick) 7.58.

55 HURDLES: 1. Aspen McMillan (South Brunswick) 8.47; 2. Jazmine Elleston (Piscataway) 8.55; 3. Amber Edwards (Sayreville) 8.92; 4. Gianna Thompson (Piscataway) 8.95; 5. Julia Lekht (South Brunswick) 8.99; 6. Mackenzie Revano (Metuchen) 9.15.

400: 1. Brionna Pettus (Piscataway) 58.96; 2. Brittany Gasser (Woodbridge) 59.87; 3. Ellie Yepez (Woodbridge) 1:00.36; 4. Desirae Osley (South Brunswick) 1:00.89; 5. Amanda Cucarese (Old Bridge) 1:01.37; 6. Rachel Huang (East Brunswick) 1:01.85.

800: 1. Brittany Gasser (Woodbridge) 2:20.26; 2. Jasmine Jerman (East Brunswick) 2:24.58; 3. Alexandria Coghlan (Spotswood) 2:25.34; 4. Chasity Doctuer (North Brunswick) 2:25.45; 5. Katie Wasserman (Spotswood) 2:25.47; 6. Miaomi McGarrell (Edison) 2:26.87.

1600: 1. Rachel Belmont (Old Bridge) 5:13.57; 2. Katie Wasserman (Spotswood) 5:25.90; 3. Alexandria Coghlan (Spotswood) 5:28.10; 4. Sarah Frost (East Brunswick) 5:28.40; 5. Dianne Ferraro (South Plainfield) 5:29.17; 6. Alyssa Kramer (Old Bridge) 5:33.67.

3200: 1 Rachel Belmont (Old Bridge) 11:06.83; 2. Rachel Suss (Metuchen) 11:07.53; 3. Cassidy Flynn-Rozanski (Old Bridge) 12:00.40; 4. Dianne Ferraro (South Plainfield) 12:04.22; 5. Alyssa Kramer (Old Bridge) 12:11.19; 6. Sarah Frost (East Brunswick) 12:18.98.

HIGH JUMP: 1. Oksana Sokolova (Old Bridge) 5-4; 2. Nnenna Ibe (North Brunswick) 5-2; 3. Jada-Rae Poku (South Brunswick) 4-10; 4. Leyna Abrahams (East Brunswick) 4-8; 4. Bonayza Lunn (North Brunswick) 4-8; 6. Sydney Contrino (East Brunswick) 4-8.

SHOT PUT: 1. Amanda Julve (Bishop Ahr) 34-8.75; 2. Bernadette Maligranda (Bishop Ahr) 34-6.75; 3. Denise Porter (South Brunswick) 33-6.75; 4. Rachel Michalski (Metuchen) 32-9.75; 5. Karllanar Weekes (Piscataway) 32-6.75; 6. Brianna Baldassano (Woodbridge) 32-6.50.

POLE VAULT: 1. Nicole Cavett (South Brunswick) 9-0; 2. Danielle Hecht (South Brunswick) 8-6; 3. Claudia Reyes (J.F. Kennedy) 7-6; 4. Alexa Novoczynski (J.F. Kennedy) 7-0.

4×400: 1. Piscataway (Nia Dipuche, Jazmine Elleston, Chanel Smith, Brionna Pettus) 4:04.25; 2. Woodbridge 4:07.76; 3. South Brunswick 4:10.01; 4. Old Bridge 4:11.28; 5. Metuchen 4:15.06; 6. East Brunswick 4:17.25.

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