Track & Field Team Hits its Stride

By Alice Roche Cody

Last week marked a host of successes for our spring Track & Field team, with Joe Licata '22, Michaela Kroon '22, and Samantha Leo '24 all clinching first place at the Skyland Conference Championships and Joe being named the Overall Champion. In addition, Joe placed first in shot put and discus at the Somerset County Championships and ranks third in New Jersey and first for Non-Public B schools for shot put. (Please see all results and standings listed below).

Then, on May 27, the Knights hosted its first annual "Relays for Warriors," a fundraiser that drew $5,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project, collected by athletes through donations and pledges.

"Our team ran a series of relay races to honor the spirit of teamwork, cooperation, and dedication, as reflected by our service Veterans and their families," said Head Coach Steve Leo. "We appreciate all the gifts that supported the life-changing programs that empower, employ, and engage America's injured veterans." With the team's goal set at running 10 miles, relay runners showed their dedication to the cause by logging 14 miles.

Next, the team will compete in the NJSIAA Non-Public B Group State Championships June 11 and 12, 2021, in Neptune, NJ. "We are hoping to pick up more medals and have some qualifiers for the Meet of Champions," said Mr. Leo. "The top six in each event advance to Meet of Champions."

Skyland Conference Championships Summary:

  • Joe Licata
    • 1st in Shot Put and 1st in Discus Mountain Division and Overall Champion
  • Michaela Kroon
    • 1st in 3200M and 3rd in 1600M Mountain Division
  • Samantha Leo
    • 1st in Long Jump, 6th in 100M, and 4th 200M Mountain Division
  • Alex Tulenko
    • 6th in Long Jump, 4th in 110 Hurdles Mountain Division
  • Wiil Strong
    • 4th 1600M Mountain Division
  • Sohan De Silva
    • 4th in 100M, 3rd in 200M Mountain Division
  • Aniyah Boston
    • 3rd in 100M Mountain Division
  • Brian Young
    • 5th in 110 Hurdles Mountain Division
  • Ava Escousse
    • 2nd in 400M, 5th in 200M Mountain Division
  • Ansh Patel
    • 5th in 800M Mountain Division
  • Tyler Tellalian
    • 6th In 800M Mountain Division
  • Andrew Young
    • 6th in 3200M Mountain Division

Somerset County Championships

  • Joe Licata 1st in Shot Put and Discus Overall
  • Michaela Kroon 3rd in 1600M
  • Ava Escousse 9th in 400M

Skylands Freshman/Sophomore Championships

Freshman Division

  • Samantha Leo
    • 2nd in Long Jump out of 20 jumpers
    • 3rd in 200M out of 47 runners
    • 4th in 100M out of 50 runners

Sophomore Division

  • Aniyah Boston
    • 8th in 100M out if 40 runners
    • 8th in 200M

Current NJ State Rankings:

Joe Licata:

  • 3rd in Shot Put NJ, 1st in Non-Public B
  • 7th in Discus, 1st in Non-Public B

Sohan De Silva

  • 12th in 400M Non-Public B
  • 14th in 200M Non-Public B

Alex Tulenko

  • 5th 110 Hurdles Non-Public B
  • 15th in Long Jump Non-Public B

Brian Young

  • 13 in 110 Hurdles
  • 16th Long Jump Non-Public B

Ava Escousse

  • 6th 400M Non-Public B

Aniyah Boston

  • 14th 100M Non-Public B

Michaela Kroon

  • 17th 1600M Non-Public B
  • 8th 3200M Non-Public B

Samantha Leo

  • 6th Long Jump Non-Public B
  • 20th 100M Non-Public B
  • 20th 200M Non-Public B

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