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Outdoor Track

Three teams take sections

RANDOLPH _ Announcements made late in the school day inform Pope John athletes which games and events will be postponed and which practices won't be held. No matter what the conditions outside, track isn't one of them.

VW's McGurn keeps improving

DENVILLE _ Grace McGurn dominated the softball throw as a fifth grader at St. Agnes School in Arlington, Va. McGurn, now a junior at Villa Walsh, would rear back and unleash monster throws at elementary school track meets, outdistancing the rest of the field by several yards.

Mendham sweeps relays titles

DENVILLE _ As a teacher of sophomore history, Roy Hamblem instructs students on the events that shaped the United States. On Saturday, May 4, Hamblen watched as Mendham made history, claiming the girls championship at the Morris County Relays at Morris Knolls High School. The boys squad won for the first time, too, making it a sweep.

Lakers' Richter breaks own record

RANDOLPH _ While waiting to compete in the final of the 100-meter hurdles at the sectional meet, Boonton's Nicki Georgia heard the names of winners of other events announced. Georgia listened and imagined what it would be like to have her name bellowed over the loudspeaker system.

Sparta strong at East Coast Relays

RANDOLPH _ Sparta won the sprint medley and the 4x400-meter relay at the East Coast Relays on Monday, May 21. Running for the Spartans, who took first with a time of 4:04.20, were Claire Incantalupo, Lindsey Cappetta, Jen Silvestri and Claudia DiSomma.

Marauders nab first team MCTC title

BOONTON _ Mount Olive coach Vanessa Benfatti isn't the type to do extensive planning before a track meet. For the last week and a half, though, Benfatti was up late, mapping out ways to maximize her athletes' talents with an eye on winning the Morris County Track Championships.

New approach works for Mendham's Papili

BOONTON _ Laura Papili did the usual, choosing a window seat in the middle of the bus that would transport her and her Mendham teammates to the Morris County Track Championships. Normally, Papili, a junior, listens to her iPod and "zones out."