2014 Girls’ Winter Season Report


Recap of Girls’ Winter Season 2013-2014

The Lady Indians’ track and field program continued to excel this indoor season, under the tutelage of head coach Ed Baynes (’03), and assistants Joe Chiarello and Jim Drackwicz (’07).  The season was highlight by sophomore Alexsus Vuocolo’s return to the NJSIAA Meet of Champions, where she battled her way to a 23rd place finish in the 3200m in 11:20.85.  To get there, Alexsus broke Molly Applegate’s 1 year old school record of 11:34.93 by 0.03 to finish 6th in South Jersey Group 3, and then shattered the mark with a 7th place 11:18.60 at the Group 3 Meet.  For her efforts, Alexsus was award the team’s MVP award.  Other highlights from the season included:

 Senior Brianna Wynn – Long Jump – 14’4 (School Record); 55m – 7.69 (#7 AT)

Junior Destiny Kearney – 200m – 26.80 (School Record); 55H – 8.91 (#4 AT)

Sophomore Alyssa Wamsley – 400m 59.91 (School Record)

Freshman Madison Meise – 55H – 9.38 (#13 AT); High Jump – 4’8 (#11 AT)

4 x 200m – 1:51.78 (#2 AT) – (Wamsley, Wynn, Meise, Kearney)

4 x 400m – 4:11.32 (#2 AT) – (Wamsley, Meise, Kearney, Smith)

DMR – 12:47.30 (#2 AT) – (Smith, Wamsley, Toner, Vuocolo)

Alumni Report

South Alumni also had strong seasons this past fall and winter.  Molly Applegate (’13) qualified for the ECAC Championships in the 5000m with a 17:26.61.  She also ran a personal best in the 3000m (10:16.81) in the early part of the indoor season and split a 2:16.x on William and Mary’s DMR to help the team to a 2nd place finish at the ECAC Championships.  Kimberley Alfaro (’12) earned her first ODAC championship in the women’s shot put and also finished a strong second in the weight throw for Lynchburg College.  Elly Wardle (’12) earned big Patriot league points for Lehigh in both the pentathlon and the high jump. Brianna Piazza (’13) had a good freshman indoor season at Monmouth University, opening her college career with an 8.29 60m as well as a 44.98 300m.  Kelsey Thompson (’13) helped Castleton to a strong showing during the cross country season.

Dana Knoetig (’12) helped the OCC Vikings to the 2013 NJCAA Division 3 National Team Championship.  Raymond Newman (’11) was 18th on the men’s side helping the Vikings to 2nd place showing behind Harper College.

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Alumni Results – Tom Sippie (’11), a National Champion


It has been a very long since our last post on our alumni’s success on the track or on the roads.  We continue to need your support in helping us find these results as so many people are scattered all over the country.

We have to start with Tom Sippie (’11), who is in his sophomore year at Lynchburg College.  Going into the National Championship meet, Sippie was accepted as the 9th fastest qualifier in a time of 49.11 for the 400 meters.  In the prelims, he shaved over a full second off this personal best to run 47.93 to earn him the top qualifier going into the final.  The next day, Sippie went wire to wire in the final to win going away in a time of 47.86.  A link to his race is here.

Sippie is a great example of how hard work and dedication can get you so far in this sport.  From an above average high school sprinter to an All-American and National Champion in just a couple of years.

Tom Sippie ('11) in the center of the picture as he earned the gold medal at the Indoor Division III National Championships in the 400 meters

Tom Sippie (’11) in the center of the picture as he earned the gold medal at the Indoor Division III National Championships in the 400 meters

Sippie led his team to the ODAC Conference Championships this Indoor Season, winning the 400 meters (49.11) and 4X400 meters.  He also was second in the 200 meters (22.25).

Next up is arguably the best runner to ever wear the TRS singlet:  Chris Marco (’13).  In his first year with Notre Dame, Marco red-shirted his cross country season and there were only a couple results we could find.  At the Notre Dame Invitational, he was 35th place in

Chris Marco ('13)

Chris Marco (’13)

the JV race in a time of 26:57 (5 miles). In November, Marco did an interview with the Notre Dame website which can be found at this link: http://www.und.com/sports/c-track/spec-rel/111213aaa.html There was also a pretty cool Flotrack video of the Notre Dame XC team that Marco was in: http://www.flotrack.org/coverage/250896-Cross-Country-Season-on-Flotrack-2013/video/720407-ND-Fighting-Irish-6-x-95-Mile-Relay) The transition from high school to college training and racing is very difficult for a freshman, especially for Division I competition.  This indoor season should be considered a success for Marco as he ran 1:54 for the 800 meters, 2:26 for the 1000 meters, and 4:10 for the mile.  He also got his first ACC title with his relay win in the distance medley relay.

Andrew Pozo ('11) competing for Rider University

Andrew Pozo (’11) competing for Rider University

At Rider University, Andrew Pozo (’11) is having a great junior year for the Bronc’s weight team.  His biggest throws came at the biggest meet of the season where he tossed 16.46m (54’0″) in the weight throw to finish 7th and 13.92m (45’8″) in the shot put to finish 12th at the MAAC Track and Field Championships.  Looking forward to the outdoor season, Pozo’s best event might be the hammer throw, along with the discuss and shot put.

Adam Morgan ('09) competing for NJIT

Adam Morgan (’09) competing for NJIT

Adam Morgan (’09) is in his senior year at NJIT.  He was a key member of the team who won the CTC Championships as he finished 1st in the 500 meters (1:07).  He PRed in three sprint events for the indoor season:  7:25 (60 meters); 23.54 (200 meters); 50.30 (400 meters).

Jason Klophaus ('96) at the Kearny Relays

Jason Klophaus (’96) at the Kearny Relays

A legend in his time, Jason Klophaus (’96) had put away the racing shoes for a long time, instead focusing on mountain climbing, hiking and skiing in the the beautiful state of Utah, where he now resides.  But recently, Klop decided to run a half marathon with very little training.  Not surprisingly, he crushed it running 1hour and 22minutes (6:17/mile) for 15th place and 1st in his age group (Results: http://results.authentictiming.com/eventid/82/2013/half-overall.html ).

Steve Fromm ('86) competing in the Louisville Ironman

Steve Fromm (’86) competing in the Louisville Ironman

It has been an incredible year for Steve Fromm (’86) who has literally traveled the world to experience and compete in different athletic endeavors.  Recently, Fromm ran the Kilmanjaro Half Marathon in Tanzania (Africa).  At altitude, Fromm ran 2 hours and 55 minutes for 1935th place.  Steve also climbed to the highest point on Mt. Kilmanjaro.  We would love to hear this story when you have time Steve!  He also ran the Dopey Challenge Marathon in Disney world in January and last summer finished the Louisville Ironman.

Matt Malta ('86) in the 800 meter Alumni Race at South in 2009

Matt Malta (’86) in the 800 meter Alumni Race at South in 2009

Matt Malta (’86) ran the Annapolis Ten Mile Run this past summer in a time of 1 hour and 17 minutes for 367th place.

Michael Perlberg ('01) on the bike

Michael Perlberg (’01) on the bike

Michael Perlberg (’01) has switched to road and off-road cycling.  We know he is a part of a team (Kissena Cycling Club) and winning races, but we need more details from him so we can find out more about the success he has had on the bike.

Souhail Kandil (’11) ran his first marathon last year in Cape May.  At just 19 years of age, Kandil finished 32nd in a time of 3 hours and 16 minutes at the Ocean Drive Marathon.

Other guys who are probably competing in races that we need more information on include Carl Leunig (’05), Jeff Gauthier (’87), Steve Geiger (’95), Scott Sarno (’86).  We are no doubt missing more results from you guys out there.  Please send them in for our next post.

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1974 2-Mile Relay Team to be Inducted into the TR Sports Hall of Fame


Congratulations to the 1974 2-Mile relay team of John Flood (’75) – Robert Douglas (’74) – John Bankston (’74) – Don Grow (’74) who will be inducted into the Toms River Sports Hall of Fame on May 2nd, 2014.  An amazing honor for a team that had an incredible Indoor and Outdoor season in 1974.

Here is the resume that was submitted for the nomination of the team:

Team: 1974 Two Mile Relay

High School:  Toms River South                               Year:  1974

Athletes:  John Flood (’75) – Robert Douglas (’74) – John Bankston (’74) – Don Grow (’74)

Coaches:  Mauro Altizio – Mark O’Leary – Walt Doherty – John Yacka – Wayne Gray

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Championships:

  1. Group IV State 2 Mile Relay Champions in a time of 8:06.8 (Indoors 1974)
  2. Eastern States 2 Mile Relay Champions (Indoors 1974)
    1. Winning time of 7:57.9 in yards was an indoor county and school record (both still records today)
    2. Splits (Flood – 2:01.1; Douglas – 2:00.4; Bankston – 1:59.9; Grow – 1:56.4)
    3. Time ranked 2nd in the nation at the end of 1974 Indoor Track and Field [Northside High School from Indiana ran 7:57.3] according to Track and Field News
    4. Holmdel Relays 2 Mile Relay Champions (Outdoors – 4/6/1974)
    5. Shore Relays 2 Mile Relay Champions (Outdoors – 4/13/1974)
      1. Winning time of 8:00.5 on a rainy day was an outdoor school record
      2. Same team won the 1 Mile Relay a few hours later
      3. Woodbury Relays 2 Mile Relay Champions (Outdoors – 4/20/1974)
        1. Winning time of 7:59.0 was a South Jersey and outdoor school record
        2. Splits (Flood – 2:01.0; Douglas – 1:59.2; Bankston – 2:00.3; Grow – 1:58.5)
        3. Penn Relays ‘Championship of America’ 2 Mile Relay Champions (Outdoors – 4/27/1974)
          1. First NJ high school to win since 1938
          2. Only Ocean County team to ever win this title
          3. Winning time of 7:50.0 was a Shore and outdoor school record
          4. Splits (Flood – 1:58; Douglas – 1:59; Bankston – 1:57; Grow – 1:54)
          5. Video of race:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Upvs3EqoidE
          6. Jersey Relays 2 Mile Relay Champions (Outdoors – 5/21/1974)
            1. Winning time of 7:46.6 in yards was a meet record, Shore record, and outdoor school record (note:  currently T-1st all-time with the 1979 team who ran 7:44.0 for the 4 X 800 meter relay)
            2. 2nd fastest high school time in the nation in 1974 Outdoor Track and Field [Lees Summit High School from Missouri ran 7:45.9] according to Track and Field News
            3. Splits (Flood – 1:57.7; Douglas – 1:58.9; Bankston – 1:57.6; Grow – 1:52.4)
            4. At the time, it was the 2nd fastest time ever run in NJ history.  Currently this time ranks 12th all-time in NJ history.

Other Information relating to the team:

  1. Cardinal Hayes Games 2 Mile Relay 4th place in a time of 8:13.3 (Indoors 1974)
    1. Splits (Flood – 2:07.2; Douglas – 2:03.3; Bankston – 2:02.2; Grow – 2:00.6)
    2. First race as a foursome
    3. Queens-Iona Relays 2 Mile Relay Runner-up (Outdoors – 4/19/1974)
      1. 2nd place time of 7:53.2 was a Shore record and outdoor school record
      2. Splits (Flood – 1:59.3; Douglas – 1:59.4; Bankston – 1:58.4; Grow – 1:55.9)
      3. All four guys ran 3:29.7 in the mile relay (Indoors 1974)
        1. Set the indoor school record
        2. Now 4th All-time on the TRS indoor mile relay list 1974
        3. All four guys led the 1st place team finish at the 1974 Outdoor Ocean County Championships
        4. All four guys led the 2nd place team finish at the 1974 Outdoor Shore Conference Championships
        5. All four guys led the 2nd place team finish at the 1974 Indoor Shore Conference Championships
        6. 1973 and 1974 Outdoor Track teams went 15-1 in dual meets
  2. Individual accomplishments for Don Grow (’74):
    1. TRS Outdoor Track and Field Most Valuable Performer (MVP) in 1973 and 1974
    2. Set outdoor school records in 1973 for the 440 yard dash (48.6) and 880 yard run (1:53.2)
    3. Set relay outdoor school records in 1973 for the 1 mile relay (3:24.2), 2 mile relay (8:03.9), and sprint medley relay (3:29.1 – Grow’s ½ mile split: 1:52.7)
    4. Outdoor Ocean County 880 yard run Champion (5/12/1973) [Set meet record in a time of 1:55.1]
      1. Outdoor Shore Conference 880 yard run Champion (5/19/1973) in 1:53.2

       (Shore and school record)

    5. Outdoor South Jersey Group IV State Sectional 880 yard run Champion (5/26/1973) (South Jersey record)
    6. Outdoor Ocean County long jump Champion (5/11/1974)
    7. Outdoor Ocean County 880 yard run Champion (5/11/1974) [New meet record]
    8. Still holds the school record for the 880 yard/800 meter run for Indoor Track and Field (1:57.0yards)
    9. 8th place at the Outdoor International Prep Invitational in Chicago in 1:55.1 in 1974
    10. Indoor All-Group 880 yard run Champion in 1:57.9 in 1973
    11. Indoor Group IV 880 yard run Champion in 1:59.4 in 1974
    12. Indoor All-Group 880 yard run Runner-up in 1:57.0 in 1974
    13. 7th all-time on the TRS list for the indoor 400 meter dash  – 52.2 yards in 1974
    14. 3rd all-time on the TRS list for the outdoor 400 meter dash – 48.6 yards in 1973
    15. 13th all-time on the TRS list for the outdoor long jump – 21’2.50” in 1973
    16. Held the outdoor 800 meter record for 38 years – now 2nd all-time in 1:53.2 yards
    17. Ranked in the top 10 nationally his Junior/Senior year in the 880 yard run
  3. Individual accomplishments for Robert Douglas (’74):
    1. 4th place at the Outdoor Shore Conference 880 yard run in a time of 1:56.4 in 1973
    2. 3rd place at the Outdoor Shore Conference 880 yard run in 1:58.3 in 1974
    3. 8th all-time on the TRS list for the indoor 880 yard/800 meter run – 1:59.7 yards in 1974
    4. 9th all-time on the TRS list for the outdoor 880 yard/800 meter run – 1:56.4 yards in 1973
  4. Individual accomplishments for John Bankston (’74):
    1. 3rd place at the Outdoor South Jersey Group IV 440 yard run in 1974
    2. 2nd place at the Indoor Shore Conference 440 yard run in 1974 in a time of 52.8
    3. 15th all-time on the TRS list for the indoor 880 yard/800 meter run – 2:02.4 yards in 1974
    4. 8th all-time on the TRS list for the indoor 440 yard/400 meter dash – 52.7 yards I 1974
    5. 8th all-time on the TRS list for the outdoor 440 yard/400 meter dash – 49.4 yards in 1974
  5. Individual accomplishments for John Flood (’75):
    1. 1st place at the Outdoor Shore Conference 880 yard run in 1975
    2. 2nd place at the Outdoor Ocean County 880 yard run in a time of 1:58.1 in 1974
    3. 2nd place at the Outdoor Ocean County 880 yard run in a time of 1:58.6 in 1975
    4. 5th place at the Outdoor Shore Conference 880 yard run in 1:59.1 in 1974
    5. 5th place at the Outdoor Shore Conference long jump with 19’8 1/4” in 1975
    6. 5th place at the South Jersey Group IV 880 yard run in 1975
    7. 9th all-time on the TRS list for the indoor 880 yard/800 meter run – 1:59.8yards in 1975
    8. 10th all-time on the TRS list for the outdoor 880 yard/800 meter run – 1:56.8yards in 1974

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2 Mile Relay Team (left to right):  John Flood (’75); Don Grow (’74); Coach Mark O’Leary; John Bankston (’74), Bob Douglas (’74)

2 Mile Relay Team (left to right): John Flood (’75); Don Grow (’74); Coach Mark O’Leary; John Bankston (’74), Bob Douglas (’74)

Coaches (left to right):  Mauro Altizio; Mark O’Leary

Coaches (left to right): Mauro Altizio; Mark O’Leary

5/9/1974 article in the Daily Observer on the Penn Relays 2 Mile Relay Victory

5/9/1974 article in the Daily Observer on the Penn Relays 2 Mile Relay Victory

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5/29/1974 article in the Daily Observer on the Penn Relays 2 Mile Relay Victory

5/29/1974 article in the Daily Observer on the Penn Relays 2 Mile Relay Victory

1974 Indoor Track and Field

1974 Indoor Track and Field

3/28/1974 article in the Asbury Park Evening Press - Indoor Eastern States 2 Mile Relay Champions

3/28/1974 article in the Asbury Park Evening Press – Indoor Eastern States 2 Mile Relay Champions

5/22/1974 article in the Asbury Park Evening Press – Jersey Relays 2 Mile Relay Champions

5/22/1974 article in the Asbury Park Evening Press – Jersey Relays 2 Mile Relay Champions

1974 Penn Relays 2 Mile Relay Champions - article

1974 Penn Relays 2 Mile Relay Champions – article

1974 Penn Relays 2 Mile Relay Champions - article

1974 Penn Relays 2 Mile Relay Champions – article

1974 – Article on the early season 2 Mile relay victories and a preview of the Penn Relays matchup

1974 – Article on the early season 2 Mile relay victories and a preview of the Penn Relays matchup

6/1974 - Chieftain’s Athletes of the Year for 1974

6/1974 – Chieftain’s Athletes of the Year for 1974

1974 Indoor Track and Field

1974 Indoor Track and Field

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They will join many other Toms River South track and field alumni that are part of the Hall of fame including:

Cleveland Gaiter (’26)

Joseph Citta (’26)

Bartholemew A. Ellis (’27)

Lewis Elverson (’31)

Jack Milne (’38)

Alfred Sica (’42)

Rick Clement (’42)

1951 Track Team

Carlton Hamilton (’52)

Randolph Harvey (’52)

Paul F. Dech (’52)

John Dalton (coach from 1930s to 1950s)

Richard D. Garretson (’54)

Ed Sonnenfeld (’63)

Pete Bush (’68)

Richard P. Longo (’70)

Miechelle O. Willis (’72)

Henry Menke (’76)

James P. Jackson (coached at Toms River High School for 5 years)

Ray Roncin (’78)

Michael Benson (’80)

We will send out more information closer to the date so that people can try to make it.

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Mark Geiger (’92) to Referee World Cup


Mark Geiger ('92)

Mark Geiger (’92)

Amazing story from Toms River South XC/T&F alumni Mark Geiger (’92) who was selected to referee at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/fifa-puts-world-cup-final-090544808–sow.html

This is incredibly difficult to get selected.   Hopefully we can get an interview from Mark at some point.

Congrats Mark.

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2014 Indoor Ocean County Relays Results


Last week, both teams started off their indoor campaigns with the Ocean County Relays.   The girl’s team finished 3rd overall with a score of 31.5 points, while the boys were 4th overall with 26 points.  Three relay teams took home gold medals:  boys 4X800, boys distance medley relay, and the girls 4X200.

Brett Michelini ('14)

Brett Michelini (’14)

Splits on the boys 4×800 that won in a time of 8:17.83:  Pete Bunonocore 2:09; Brett Michelini 2:03; Joe Govea 2:04; Kyle Kroon 1:59

Splits on the boys DMR that won in a time of 11:03.78:  Brett Michelini 3:28; Joe Govea 54; Pete Bunonocore 2:10; Kyle Kroon 4:29

Other scorers for the boys:

Shot Put Relay – 3rd place

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Other scorers for the girls:

Shuttle Hurdle Relay – 4th place in a time of 36.17

Distance Medley Relay – 4th place in a time of 13:29.77

High Jump Relay – 3rd place

Sprint Medley Relay – 3rd place in a time of 4:31.72

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Boys Results - http://nj.milesplit.com/meets/157243/results/279505

Girls Results - http://nj.milesplit.com/meets/157243/results/279504

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Obituary for James ‘Jimmy’ Cannon (’73)


James ‘Jimmy’ Cannon, Class of 1973, passed away on Saturday, December 28th.  There will be a memorial service from 2 to 5 p.m.  on Saturday, Jan. 4 at The Graycliff in Moonachie.  More information can be found here:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/app/obituary.aspx?pid=168841939

Here are a couple photos with Jimmy and the team:

1969 Freshmen XC Team - Left to Right: D. Knapp, D. Dickinson, G. Everett, J. Cannon, S. Moncrief, B. Reese

1969 Freshmen XC Team – Left to Right: D. Knapp, D. Dickinson, G. Everett, J. Cannon, S. Moncrief, B. Reese

1971 Track Team

Please feel free to share memories and pictures here.

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Kroon 4th at Meet of Champions


Kyle Kroon ('14)

Kyle Kroon (’14)

Our apologies for not posting this sooner…

There are some guys who just know how to run well in big races.  Kyle Kroon (’14) is definitely one of them.  At the Meet of Champions, Kroon smashed his own school record by running 15:37, which makes him the 23rd fastest runner to ever run on this course in NJ history.  He was just  1 second off the Ocean County Record held by Pete Hess of Toms River North

Results:  http://nj.milesplit.com/meets/153884/results/277739

Video of finish - http://videos.nj.com/star-ledger/index.html?category=High+School+Sports#video

It was another incredible year for Kyle.  The best cross country to ever run at Toms River South.  No doubt about it.  He also captained a team that made huge strides for the second straight year.

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