TOMS RIVER – Southern Regional capped an impressive day at the Bennett Sports Complex in Toms River on Jan. 9 as they ran away with the Ocean County Indoor Track Championships.
Head coach Jason Church has a deep team from top to bottom that push each other in every practice and meet that led them to their victorious day. The Rams finished the day with 81 points for the championship. Brick Memorial finished in second with 36 points, and Toms River North took third with 31 points.
Southern Regional finished the championship with top-five finishers in seven events. The Rams took home the top three spots in the 400-meter dash with senior Caitlin Hambor taking first with a time of 1:00:87, Hailey Hochstrasser took second with a time of 1:01:33, and Karagan Bulger took home third place with a time of 1:01:38. Freshman Shannon Flaherty took home sixth with a time of 1:02:39.
Bulger, Hochstrasser, Flaherty and Hambor teamed up to take home first place in the 4x400 relay. Bulger also claimed another first-place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:27:60. Freshman Rachel Short took home fourth place with a time of 2:30:76 and junior Emily Furlong in fifth place with a time of 2:30:89.
Short added to her day with a third-place finish in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:27:72, with Furlong finishing in fifth place with a time of 5:32:65. Senior Gianna Citarella finished in second place in the 3200-meter with a time of 12:01:59, with junior Jaelyn D’Amelio finishing in fourth place with a time of 12:09:15.
Sophomore Maria Mezzo snagged a second-place finish in the pole vault with a height of 10 feet, 6 inches. Bailey Hradek took home sixth place in the high jump with a height of 4 feet 10 inches.