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 their seventh Morris County Relays championship in 10 years, amassed 98 points, 33 more than second-place Roxbury. Mendham was third with 47 points while West Morris had 43 in the event held at Randolph High School.
"This is crazy," Kranis said. "We get so excited. Our coach told us we could win the relays, counties and conference. We want to keep improving. I think we're in a good spot to do it."
Kranis and the Rams wound up in a slower heat in the shuttle hurdles after being disqualified but turned in an excellent effort in the finals.
"You're not supposed to move forward. You need to be set," Kranis explained. "I jump out sometimes. Coach Pietrewicz busted me about it all week. We practiced starts a lot."
Meghan O'Malley, a sophomore, ran the anchor leg of the shuttle hurdles and Savanna Brackelmanns-Puig and Karen Hull were second and third, respectively.
"Being disqualified didn't matter to us," O'Malley said. "We had to go against the time. It was 1:09."
O'Malley, Hull and Kranis combined to win the high jump with a 14-8. O'Malley, Hull and Julia Kohn teamed up for gold in the long jump with 48-0. The Rams' triple jump squad consisted of O'Malley, Kohn and Stephany Heiberger. In the pole vault, Randolph came out on top led by the efforts of Kranis, Paige Zangara and Savanna Brackelmanns-Puig.
Abby Loveys, Meredith Finley, Courtney Darakjy and Brooke Olsen were members of the winning 4x800 and 4x1,600 teams. The Rams also were tops in the distance medley. Loveys, Olsen, Darakjy and Emily Takow comprised that unit.
"We're so diverse," Hull said. "We've got a good spread of everything. When Coach Pietrewicz said we could win three titles, I just thought that he wanted us to succeed. Now I see it's a dream we can catch. If we keep practicing hard and working hard, we're going to get there."
Hull, Tatko and Emily Swayze, all ninth graders, have been outstanding this spring.
"They're serious when they need to be," O'Malley said. "They've been very positive."
Roxbury, sparked by Jess Cammarata, was at the head of the pack in three events - 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400. Alexis Smith, Bridget Doherty and Jordan Morris ran in two of those races. Aliyah Goldberry, Chloe Bryan and Karly Forker played roles in those races, too.
Mendham captured the intermediate hurdles in 3:26.8. Jefferson prevailed in the shot put. Whippany Park was No. 1 in the discus and javelin.
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