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Mtn. Lakes dominant at section meet

MADISON _ A meet record fell and several athletes garnered gold with first-place finishes when Mountain Lakes captured its second consecutive sectional title. Although senior Maggie Smith came in second in her event, the pole vault, at the North Jersey Section 2, Group II meet, her performance was just as significant. Smith, who began competing in pole vault last year, cleared 9 feet to set a school record. "It's so nice to have the school record," Smith said. "It's great. I give a lot of credit to my pole vault coach (Jim Murmane). I'm graduating but, with him still around, it'll be broken soon. He's…

Rams gain another title

BOONTON _ The outcome of the meet was already determined when the 3,200 meters commenced at the Morris County Track and Field Championships. No team would be able to catch Randolph, which had established a substantial lead on the first day of competition. The Rams, of course, still had an interest in the event because junior Brooke Olson was hoping to repeat. Olson, in front the entire race, collapsed 100 meters from the finish line yet got to her feet to salvage sixth place and another point for Randolph, the 2017 champion with 92 points, 40 more than runner-up Mountain…

Park takes gold on first day of MCC

BOONTON _ Afraid of heights and not at all fond of roller coasters, Irene Park made the unusual decision to join the track team and specialize in the pole vault. "I wanted to face my fears," said Park, the Pequannock sophomore who finished first by clearing 10 feet on the first day of the Morris County Track and Field Championships at Boonton High School on May 16. "I decided to commit to pole vault and I couldn't let anything restrict me." The 15-year-old Park initially found pole vaulting to be scary. It reminded her of roller coasters which made her…

Randolph dominates Morris Relays

RANDOLPH _ Each and every time Jordyn Kranis saw her coach, Len Pietrewicz, in the days leading up to the Morris County Relays, he was sure to point out her bad habit. Kranis, it seems, kept rolling into the start on the shuttle hurdles. The Randolph junior needed to pay better attention to the starter's gun and not move too early. On Thursday, May 4, Kranis led off the event to perfection, helping the Rams finish first in that event. Randolph also took gold in seven other events and it resulted in yet another Morris County Relays title. The Rams, who claimed…

Epps returns to Morristown

MORRISTOWN _ The questions from the third graders at Alexander Hamilton Elementary School came at Olympic triple jumper Christina Epps rapid fire. Do you have a gold medal? How old are you? What was your favorite subject in school? Did you meet Gabby Douglas? What about Simone Biles? Serena Williams? One of the students mentioned Michael Phelps and Epps, a 2009 graduate of Morristown High School, said she had met the world's most famous swimmer, too. Before Epps could elaborate, a curious boy inquired boldly and loudly "Are you together?" Epps laughed, of course, and as did the staff in the media center.…

Mount Olive's Orji ready for Rio

MOUNT OLIVE _ When Keturah Orji was two weeks old, she was pushing herself up - quite forcefully - on her mother's lap. Two days shy of seven months, Orji was walking. Stairs were next and the desire to go higher.

Seniors exceptional for Wildcats

BOONTON _ The fact that Whippany Park's track and turf field are still not completed perturbs Brad Callahan. Knowing what the Wildcats have accomplished in spite of that, however, makes Callahan extremely proud.

Mount Olive's Ojukwu prevails in 100

BOONTON _ The white athletic tape, Jen Ojukwu's visual aid, remained on the track in the fourth lane long after the 100-meter final had ended. Ojukwu, a Mount Olive High School senior, placed the tape three feet in front of the starting line to remind herself where her first step should be when she takes off running.