BOONTON _ Not once did Jefferson's Katie Hatler clip a hurdle.
Hatler's form was precise, her movement fluid.
Those elements combined to make Hatler, bound for Lehigh in the fall, the 100-meter hurdles titlist at the Morris County Track Championships which concluded on Wednesday, May 15 at Boonton High School.
"Sometimes my trail leg clips the hurdle," said Hatler, second in the hurdles as a sophomore and junior. "I didn't hit anything. I was very smooth. I crossed the finish line and there was no one there. It was all a blur."
Her time of 14.41 was a meet and personal record and helped the Falcons garner their first team title by edging Mendham, 67-66.
"I destroyed my personal record," said Hatler, the top hurdler at the 2011 Morris County Indoor Track Championships. "I wanted to win this and go out with a bang my senior year. To get the record and beat my PR is an amazing way to do it."
Hatler said she "took it slow" in the preliminaries and the semifinals.
"I wanted to keep my time in order to get a good spot but I wanted to make sure I saved energy," she said.
Immediately after finishing her jaunt over the hurdles, Hatler raced to find her parents, Mike and Pattie, and gave each of them a hug.
When Hatler arrived at the meet, it was raining and she feared it would hurt her performance.
"I was nervous. I don't like running in the rain," Hatler said. "It was warm, not hot. It turned out to be perfect weather."
Hatler had quite a meet, finishing second in the long jump and getting a bronze medal in the 100.
Other key performers for Mendham were Brandy Corsaro, who took gold in the javelin with a throw of 116-4 and Carrie Wasdyke, who took second in the shot put on with a throw of 44-4 3/4, a personal best. Wasdyke was third in the discus as well.
Villa Walsh's Megan Curham established a new record in the 3,200, finishing in 10:25.33, just ahead of Mendham's Mackenzie Barry. Curham had never beaten Barry. However, she did place better than her at cross country regionals and nationals.
"I'm so surprised Mackenzie wasn't with me at the end," said Curham, who will compete in cross country and indoor and outdoor track at Princeton. "I figured she'd pass me and she didn't. It's exciting to have the title. It means a lot. Morris County has the best distance runners in New Jersey. To win this really is special."
Curham worried she'd get burned by her fast start. She simply stuck to her plan, keeping her coach's splits in mind.
Randolph sophomore Liz Lansing was tops in the 800-meter run with a clocking of 2:13.84. A day earlier, Lansing was winner of the 1,600-meters in a record time of 4:51.53.
"This means a lot," Lansing said. "If you put in hard work and focus, the results will show. You have to set your mind to something and do it. Obstacles aren't obstacles anymore."
Lansing said her teammmates encourage and push her.
"We've upped the intensity at practices," Lansing said. "We're all positive and help each other. We lift each other up."
In the 200-meter dash, Parsippany's Bria Saunders had a 24.53 to tie her own mark. Saunders broke the meet record for the 100 on the first day of the meet.
Keturah Orji of Mount Olive broke her own meet record in the triple jump with a 40-1 1/2 and was first in the long jump. Claire Johnson of Morris Catholic was tops in high jump, leaping 5-2.
Leah Wis of Montville had a throw of 122-8 to win the discus. First in the 1,600-meter relay was Mendham with a 3:58.49. Whippany Park freshman Nikolette Dunbar also was a record setter on the opening day of the meet, heaving the shot 45-3 1/4 feet.
Emilie Cowan of St. Elizabeth prevailed in the 400-meter run in 57.47. Mendham's Laura Papili took gold in the 400 hurdles. The pole vault went to Marlena Paz of West Morris.
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