The boy’s track and field team continued the program’s winning tradition in 2016 by securing another Patriot Division title, crowning a state champion and competing in three events at the Meet of Champions.
The Pirates went 5-0 during the dual meet season, defeating Holy Cross, Delran, Maple Shade, Bordentown and Pemberton.
“Every meet we seemed to have a good performance,” head coach Dan Fourney said. “One doesn’t jump out of me over another one.”
Cinnaminson also won the Patriot Division title at the annual BCSL meet on May 14.
The regular season performances and division title are nice, but the coaches stress being prepared for championship season come May and June.
Coach Fourney and his assistants have been at the helm of the boy’s track and field program for 12 seasons, building a tradition that continues to grow with each passing year.
“We talk a lot about tradition and upholding it,” Fourney said. “We’ve been together for 12 years so we know what to expect from each other and the kids.”
“Everyone kind of knows their role. We look ahead and if we are going to be weak in an area we try to prepare for it a year ahead. The continuity of it helps.”
The program welcomed a strong group of freshmen this year that added to the talent at the sophomore, junior and senior levels.
“We kind of had an idea through the middle school that we had some quality freshmen coming up, so it really wasn’t a surprise for any of them,” Fourney said.
“They can see what the coaches expect and just the hard work that’s involved. We want them to try to be the best possible.”
At the Burlington County Open, Mike Ungvarsky took home the county title in the 3200 and Steven Liu became the first county champion at Cinnaminson High School in the high jump.
The Pirates had one sectional title winner in Christian Neumann in the pole vault to qualify for the state meet. Eleven other athletes qualified in the state meet at sectionals, including Kamron Kobolak as the sectional runner-up in the shot put.
“Once Christian took care of his injury problems, his performance was incredible,” Fourney said. “Kamron, we knew he was going to be a good one, but he really took a step forward this year. The one meet he had a PR of three feet, which put him on a different level.”
The state meet saw Mike Ungvarsky win the Group 2 state title in the 3200, sending him to the Meet of Champions.
“The confidence he had,” Fourney said about how Ungvarsky ran the 3200 at the state meet. “He was running against some of the best runners in not only Group 2, but the whole state. There were probably five or six kids in that race who are going to run at Division I schools.”
Ungvarsky was the only Pirate athlete to earn a medal at the Meet of Champions, finishing 8th in the 3200.
“Once they see the success and have a little taste of it, they start making higher goals for themselves,” Fourney said. “It helps the kids have the motivation to move forward instead of being satisfied.”
Ungvarsky will race in the 5000m championships on Friday at the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina. The 4×800 team of Ungvarsky, Tom Long, Justin Arnold and Max Adams will also compete.
“We had some injury problems throughout the season. We would have done better had we stayed injury free,” Fourney said.
“We got bit by the injury bug a little bit. Our team as a whole could’ve been up on another level if we stayed healthy. I’m definitely looking forward to next year with all the young talent we have coming back.”
Tomorrow we will bring you the 2016 baseball season review as we continue our recap of the 2016 spring sports season at Cinnaminson High School.
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