The Toms River South girls’ track and field team has had quite the spring season, and it will end at Wednesday’s NJSIAA Meet of Champions when junior Chelsea Smith and senior Armani Brown compete against New Jersey’s finest.
Some of the early season highlights included a 6-1 record in class A-South, with victories over Jackson, Brick Memorial, TR East, Brick, Lacey, and TR North. The team then earned a 2nd place finish at the Ocean County Relays with 57 points and a 3rd place finish at the Ocean County Championships with 55 points.
Highlights of County Relays:
- Chelsea Smith, Madison Kenny, Delaney Savacool and Alexsus Vuocolo – 1st place – sprint medley (4:20.87)
- Alyssa Wamsley, Delaney Savacool, Madison Meise and Chelsea Smith – 1st place – 1600 meter relay (4:13.33)
- Madison Meise, Hannah Cooper, Delaney Huber and Destiny Kearney – 2nd place – shuttle hurdles (65.96 – varsity school record)
- Madison Meise, Lauren Baranyay, Hannah Cooper – 2nd place – high jump (13’8)
- Destiny Kearney – Triple Jump (35’3.25 – varsity school record)
Highlights from the Ocean County Championships:
- Destiny Kearney – 100 meter dash champion (12.69), 200 meter dash 2nd place (25.75), triple jump 3rd place (34’7), 100 meter hurdles 6th place (15.53)
- Chelsea Smith – 1600 meter run 2nd place (5:02.53), 800 meter run 2nd place (2:13.42 – varsity school record
- Madison Meise – 400 meter hurdles 3rd place (68.11)
- Alyssa Wamsley, Hannah Cooper, Madison Kenny and Chelsea Smith – 1600 meter relay 3rd place (4:05.76
South then continued its championship season with excellent performances at the Shore Conference
and South Jersey Group 3 State Championships. At the Shore Conference, South earned 19 points, 16 in the distance events, to finish 10th place. A week later, South showed tremendous depth, scoring 34 points at the South Jersey Group 3 State Championships to finish 4th place. In between, South’s youth made the future look promising, winning the freshman division of the Shore Frosh/Novice Meet with 72 points.
Highlights from the Shore Conference:
- Alexsus Vuocolo – 1600 meter run 2nd place (5:10.37)
- Chelsea Smith – 800 meter run 2nd place (2:16.07)
- Destiny Kearney – 200 meter run 6th place (26.26) and triple jump 6th place (35’4 – varsity school record)
- Madison Meise – 400 meter hurdle 6th place (66.99 – freshman school record)
Highlights from the Shore Frosh/Novice Championship:
o Madison Meise – 100 meter hurdles 1st place (16.29), triple jump 1st place (33’1), 200 meter dash 4th place (28.36)
o Lauren Baranyay – Long jump 2nd place (15’4.5) and 100meter hurdles 3rd place (17.82)
o Delaney Huber – 100 meter hurdles 2nd place (17.80) and long jump (15’4)
o Caroline Dudeck – Javelin 1st place (91’1)
o Kasey Cupo – Javelin 3rd place (84’4)
o Shannon Sorrentino – Shot put 4th place (30’4.5)
o Tenaya Marsh, Elizabeth Rosario, Destiny Everett and Delaney Huber – 1600 meter relay 4th place (4:26.15)
o Destiny Everett – Triple jump 6th place (28’7.5)
o Larissa Craig – Discus 6th place (83’0)
Highlights from the South Jersey Group 3 State Sectional
- Chelsea Smith – 1600 meter 4th place (5:03.63) and 800 meter 3rd place (2:14.40)
- Armani Brown – Shot put 2nd place (35’1.5) and discus 6th place (100’4)
- Destiny Kearney – 100 meter 4th place (12.64) and 200 meter 4th place (25.80)
- Alexsus Vuocolo – 1600 meter 6th place (5:04.76) and 3200 meter 5th place (11:26.61)
- Shannon Kearney, Madison Kenny, Hannah Cooper and Elizabeth Rosario – 3200 meter relay 5th place (10:05.24)
- Madison Kenny, Hannah Cooper, Madison Meise and Chelsea Smith – 1600 meter relay 5th place (4:05.53)
This past Saturday, the lady Indians traveled to South Plainfield High School for the Group 3 State Championship. South didn’t disappoint, competing well across the board. On the track, Chelsea Smith put herself in the stacked 1600 meter race and held on for a 9th place finish in 4:57.72, the fastest time in Toms River South (and possibly Toms River School’s) history. Chelsea’s splits were 71, 75, 76 and 74 for the race. She followed that performance on Friday with a 6th place finish in the 800 meter run in 2:14.88. That 800 marks the 4th weekend in a row that Chelsea has gone under the former school record of 2:16.1, set by Michele Kelty in 1981. Armani Brown also had a banner day in the shot put, throwing a 2 and ½ foot personal best in the shot put of 37’9.5, good for 6th place and a berth into the Meet of Champions. Armani’s worst throw of the day was 35’7, which was 3 inches further than her best ever, and showed she was ready for the breakthrough she had. She also earned 13th in the discus with a 101’3, 1 inch off her personal best from counties.
Additionally, South received solid performances from Alexsus Vuocolo, who doubled in 5:07 (1600m) and 11:22 (3200) for 13th and 15th respectively. Destiny Kearney ended what was the best season by a TR South sprinter ever with a 17th place mark in the 100m and a 14th place mark in the 200m. Destiny personal bests for the season in the 100m (12.1 – school record), 200m (25.75 – #2), 100 hurdles (15.28, #2), and triple jump (35’4 – school record) prove that she will be a force in New Jersey next spring, her senior year. Destiny will lead a well-rounded group next year, which hopes to continue the tradition of excellence that is Toms River South track and field.