The indoor track season provided a glimpse of the potential for several track and field senior competitors heading into the spring outdoor season.
Many other competitors have already showcased what they are capable of with strong performances in the 2019 championship season.
Here are the senior boys track and field athletes we hope will be able to showcase their talents before the school year comes to a close:
JP Albright, Pope John: Indoor season continued to show what the NJIT-bound leaper is capable of. Took third in the high jump, clearing 6 feet to qualify for Meet of Champions. During last outdoor season, he finished in a tie for second in the high jump in Non-Public A by clearing that same height.
Kevin Armstrong, Wallkill Valley: Armstrong dedicated himself to training during the winter and added several throwing events to improve his main event -- the javelin. Last season, he took seventh in the state with a throw of 179 feet, 6 inches in that event. Head coach Jim Hamill said his “attention to detail and dedication” serve as inspiration to the Rangers’ underclassmen.
Ethan Billings, High Point: During last outdoor track season, the Herald Cross Country Runner of the Year took third in North 1, Group 2 in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:49.35. Proved his prowess in distance running in the fall, winning a North 1, Group 2 title with a time of 16:29.
Jake Calluccio, Sparta: Finished second in the high-jump finals at the North 1, Group 2 Indoor Track Championships, clearing 6 feet. During last spring, he took third in North 1, Group 3 with a jump of the same height to qualify for the Group 3 Championships. Was also third at HWS in the same event.
Ryan Kinkead, Sussex Tech: Last spring, he was third in the long jump during the NJAC Small Schools Championships with a leap of 19 feet, 11 inches. Qualified for the Group 2 championships in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.22 at sectionals. Took fifth in the 100-meter dash at the HWS Championships with a sprint of 11.7 seconds. Narrowly missed out on the North 1, Group 2 100-meter finals, taking ninth with 11.92 seconds.
Eric Libero, Pope John: Qualified for the Meet of Champions during the indoor season in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.84 seconds -- good for fourth in Non-Public A. He also qualified for MoC as a member of the 4x800 relay team and was top 10 in Non-Public A in both the 400- and 800-meter runs. Was sixth in Non-Public A in the 400 hurdles last spring.
Anthony Lombardo, Sparta: Finished in sixth in the sectional championship during the indoor season with a shot put throw of 44-9.25. Ended up 10th in Group 2. Last spring, the Spartans’ thrower tossed a PR of 45 feet, 10.5 inches to claim the HWS crown.
Alex Mastroianni, Wallkill Valley: Herald’s 2019 Track and Field Athlete of the Year won a state title in the javelin last year with a toss of 176-6 during the Group 1 Championships. Ended up second in the state in the event with a massive throw of 196-5.7. After tearing his ACL in the fall, he has worked his way back to try and win an MOC title this spring. As a junior, he was also a runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles in Group 1 with a time of 55.67.
Oluremi Makinde, Jefferson: Won the North 1, Group 2 55-meter dash title during the indoor season with a time of 6.69 seconds. Ended up finishing eighth in Group 2. Won another sectional title in the 100-meter dash last season, running a time of 11.41 seconds in the final. Also participated in jumping events.
Eoin McClain, Pope John: Finished in eighth in Non-Public A in the 3,200-meter run this winter, with a time of 9:51.55. Seeking to leap into the top 20 in Pope John history in the 2-miler this spring. Committed to continue competing at Oneonta.
Sidney Ohene, Hackettstown: Took third in the 400 at the HWS Championships with a time of 52.13 seconds last spring. He set a personal best with a 52.03 in the North 2, Group 2 meet, but was unable to advance to the Meet of Champions with a sixth-place finish. He’ll be looking to do that this season.
Jake Riley, North Warren: Improved on his strong cross country season with a North 1, Group 1 title in the 800-meter in a time of 2:03.51.. Qualified for the Meet of Champions with a fourth-place time of 2:01.87 at Group 1 championships. Was fifth in Group 1 in the 800 last spring with a time of 1:57.80.
Chris Ruiz, Vernon: Ran a strong time of 1:57.08 in the 800 meters at the Meet of Champions during the winter season, good for 14th in the state. Was third in Group 2 in the 800 (1:59.04) and second in North 1, Group 2 in the 1,600 with a time of (4:32.57) indoors. Last season, he finished as runner-up in both the 800 and sixth in the 1,600 at NJAC Small School Championships last season.
Jaheim Shannon, Newton: Finished second in the 55-meter hurdles in North 1, Group 1 during the indoor season with a time of 8.44 seconds.
Tyler Szabo, Sparta: Last spring, the Spartans athlete won an HWS title with a leap of 44.-2.75 in the triple jump and went on to take fifth in North 1, Group 3 and eighth in Group 3 in the same event.
Junior Thomas, High Point: Thomas made his mark for the Wildcats in the 200-meter dash last season. He took third in both the HWS and North 1, Group 2 races. His time of 22.82 seconds in the section was a personal high. Was 12th in Group 2 in the 200 with a time of 22.89 seconds.