Remembering Joe Gardell (Class of 1991)

Joe Gardell, class of 1991, passed away on Sunday, May 29th.  The details for the memorial service can be found here:

According to O’Leary, Heff, and many of his teammates, Joe was a “great one”.  He had some really impressive range, including running on the varsity XC team and excelling in the High Hurdles, Intermediate Hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump, and Triple Jump. Here is just a quick bio of Joe during his career at South:

Outdoor Track and Field

1991 MVP

1991 Team Captain

1990 Mr. Versatility

1988 Freshmen School Record Holder in 110 Meter HH – 15.7

3rd All-time in HH – 14.1

6th All-time in 400 M Intermediate Hurdles – 55.66

3rd All-time in Shuttle Hurdle Relays – 1:02.1

3rd All-time in Intermediate Hurdle Relay – 2:52.9

Indoor Track and Field

Triple Jump School Record Holder – 41’3.5″

Shuttle Hurdle 180 Meter Relay Record Holder – 27.58

Sophomore School Recorder Holder in 300 yard dash – 36.6

2nd All-time in 55m HH – 7.72

5th All-time in 600 yard dash – 1:20.4

10th All-time in HJ – 6’0″

3rd All-time in LJ – 20’4.5″

2nd All-time in Shuttle Hurdle 240 yard – 32.0


Here are a couple photos with Joe and the team:

Please add any other pictures or memories you have of Joe.

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Meet of Champions Tomorrow!

The Meet of Champions will be held tomorrow (6/3) at Frank Jost Field in South Plainfield.  Address is 199 Michael St, South Plainfield, NJ 07080.  Both field and running events will start at 2:30pm.

Toms River South and Coach Eddie Baynes will have two athletes competing in the meet.  Senior Chelsea Smith is seeded 5th in the 800 meters in a time of 2:12.70 and Junior Alexsus Vuocolo is seeded 18th overall in the mile with a time of 5:02.74.

Hope to see some Indian alumni to give our support in the final meet of the season.

Girls performance list:

Boys performance list:



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2014 in review

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TRS Alumni Hosted Indoor Meets

Its that time of year again…..  We are hosting two meets this year at the Toms River indoor track to generate money for the The Mark O’Leary and Ed Heffernan Scholarship which is committed to helping student athletes at Toms River High School South pursue further education.  This scholarship was created after the retirement of O’Leary and Heffernan from coaching at Toms River High School South between 1973 and 2008 (more information can be found at the ‘Scholarship’ tab on the top of the homepage).

Your support is the reason we are able to run these meets each year and make enough money to give a significant scholarship to a TRS boy and girl track and field athlete.

We need help for the following dates at the bubble:

Thursday, January 8th

Thursday, January 22nd

Both meets start at 4:30pm.

Please let us know ASAP if you can make it and forward this to anyone that may be interested to do some volunteer work for a good cause.

Jon Dickinson ('01), O'Leary, Michael Perlberg ('01), Paul Applegate ('03), Scott Cullen ('01), Bobby Cannon ('01), Pat Clancy ('03), Heff at the NYC Armory

Jon Dickinson (’01), O’Leary, Michael Perlberg (’01), Paul Applegate (’03), Scott Cullen (’01), Bobby Cannon (’01), Pat Clancy (’03), Heff at the NYC Armory

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TRS Girls Winter Track Preview

Vuocolo 35th at XC Meet of Champs, Smith signs with Elon University

Winter track practice starts Monday, and the Lady Indians are looking forward to another successful track and field campaign.  It was an excellent fall for the girls cross country program, led by junior Alexsus Vuocolo and senior Chelsea Smith.  Vuocolo put in an excellent summer of work, including a solid with of training up in the Poconos at “XCamp Runs Wild” with teams Smith and sophomore Shannon Kearney.  Highlights for Lexi included: 7th at the Ocean County Championships (#2 all-time at OCP), 4th at the South Jersey Group 3 (#2 all-time at Delsea), 12th at the Group 3 (school record), and 35th at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions (school record, #2 runner from Ocean County, #8 runner in shore).  Looking forward, Lexi is excited for the upcoming track seasons where she’ll look to become the 3rd South runner in as many years to break the 5 minute mile mark.

Chelsea Smith built on her stellar spring track season by having the best cross country season of her career, while taking on the busy task of choosing her home for the next 4 years.  In the end, Chelsea decided to continue her track career at Elon University (North Carolina). Some of Chelsea’s highlights from the season include: 9th at Ocean County Championships, 25th at the Shore Conference (4th all-time at OCP), and 11th at South Jersey Group 3 just missing a bid to the group meet.  Another Indian made a name for herself this fall as freshman Kerri Kroon earned the title at the Ocean County Freshman Championship.

South returns an excellent young group this winter and should have strong showings at both the Ocean County and South Jersey Group 3 Championships.  In addition to Vuocolo and Smith in the distance races, South will look for big things from: Destiny Kearney, Alyssa Wamsley, Madison Meise, Lauren Baranyay, Delaney Huber, Shannon Sorrentino, and Nina Kenney.  The winter schedule for the girls is as follows; we hope to see you out at some meets:

Saturday, December 19 Demarest Invite 9am Bubble

Friday, January 2 Ocean County Relays 9am Bubble

Wednesday, January 7 Ocean County Champs 4pm Bubble

Thursday, January 8 Egg Relays 4:30pm Bubble

Saturday, January 10 Lavino Relays 9am Lawrenceville

Sunday, January 18 Group 3 Relays 9am Bubble

Thursday, January 22 Midwinter Classic 4:30pm Bubble

Friday, January 23 Shore Conference 4pm Bubble

Wednesday, January 28 Met Invite 4:30pm Armory

Thursday, January 29 Frosh/Novice Finale 4pm Bubble

Friday, February 6 South Jersey Group 3 4pm Bubble

Friday, February 13 Group 3 4pm Bubble

Saturday, February 21 Meet of Champions 10am Bubble

Tuesday, March 3 Eastern States 4:30pm Armory


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2014 Jingle Bells 5k Run – Alumni Team Challenge

We need as many TRS runners as possible:


Sunday,  December    7,     2014    at    3:30pm


Toms  River    Alumni    Team  Challenge    (5k):

  • Must  be    a    graduate    of    Toms    River    HS    East,    North    or    South. Graduates    of   the    original    Toms    River     High  School    are    eligible    to    participate    on    the    TR  South    team.
  • Must  register    for    the    5k    run.    Team    participants    are    eligible    for    overall      and    age    group    awards.
  • Must  provide    your    name,    rbib    number    and    high    school    alma    mater    to    the

Team    Challenge    table    at  race    headquarters    before    2:30pm    on    race    day.

  • Only  1    race    division.    Only    1    team    per    high    school.    Each    team    must    have    a    minimum    of    3     participants  to    be    eligible    for    an    award.    Each

team    may    have    an    unlimited    number    of     participants.  No    age

restrictions.    No    minimum    or    maximum    number    of    male    or    female

participants  per    team.

  • Scoring  will    be    based    upon    the    addition    of    the    clock    times    of    the    team


  • 1s  Place    award    to    the    team    with    the    fastest    total    time    of    the    team’s    top    3


  • Race  Director    reserves    the    right    to    cancel    the    event    or    change    the    rules    at    any    time.
  • For  more    information,    go    to    or
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South Boys 5th / Girls 8th at Counties

Led by Petey Bunonocore’s 5th place individual finish, the boys team finished 5th overall.

Video of race –

Boys Varsity Results –

Boys JV Results –

Boys Frosh Results –

Girls Varsity Results –

Girls JV Results –

Girls Frosh Results –

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