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The goal going into the 2016 season for the girl’s track and field team at Cinnaminson High School was to win the Patriot Division title outright.
“Our depth was big this year,” head coach Derek Moore said. “We had some injuries throughout the year, but our depth helped us stay strong. We broke a couple of school records with a makeshift squad because of injuries.”
The Pirates accomplished the feat, but it required a bit of a wait due to inclement weather.
Cinnaminson went 5-0 in dual meets this year and sent athletes to compete at the Group 2 Sectionals and Group 2 State meets.
The girl’s squad picked up dual meet wins over Pemberton, Maple Shade, Holy Cross, Delran and Bordentown en route to their 5-0 record.
“With the hard work comes results,” Moore said. “I know we can do even better because I’m sure we have some areas where we can work harder and improve. We’ve got a lot of areas where we can improve and they’re only going to get stronger.”
The meet with Delran, which began on April 26, was finally completed on May 17. The Pirates were well out in front of Delran in scoring when the meet was suspended due to lightning on April 26.
It was a matter of securing a handful of points (9) to earn the victory once the meet resumed in May.
“We knew we were in good shape, we just had to wait for it,” Moore said. “The second day it started to rain again, but we got through it.”
The Pirates easily won the meet, 89-51, to secure the Patriot title outright after sharing the title in 2015 due to a tie with Delran in their dual meet.
“The Delran meet is always the biggest of the season. We had a lot of girls step up that day,” Moore said. “Prisca Blamon threw two PRs that day in the shot put and the discus. She took first in the shot put.”
“High jump and the 4×400 we did well. Taylor Clark won the pole vault. It took two separate days, but overall that was the meet where we came together and did everything well. It was fun. We showed our true colors.”
At the BCSL meet, the girl’s track and field team won the Patriot Division contest. Then, at the BC Open, Alex Keck finished 7th in the 100 meter hurdles.
The Pirates had a host of athletes compete at the Group 2 Sectional meet. Cinnaminson qualified for the state meet in five events at the sectionals.
Taylor Clark won the sectional title in the pole vault and Prisca Blamon finished as the runner-up in the shot put. Other qualifiers for states were the 4×800 team, the 4×100 team and Haley Adams in the 3200.
“Taylor finished second last year at sectionals. In the winter time she goes to a clinic coach who gets her up in the air,” Moore said. “Her and Coach Steven Gill gelled and he does a good job getting her prepared.”
“She only competes in the pole vault during the season, but she does all the sprint workouts, which I think helps her immensely. She has made big steps in a year and a half.”
No athletes qualified for the Meet of Champions at the Group 2 State meet.
“I would hope that them being there and qualifying, especially the younger girls, gives them the competitive fire to do better,” Moore said. “It shows their potential and how good they can be and that goes for everybody.”
Tomorrow we complete the season reviews for spring 2016 as we bring you the boy’s lacrosse season review. Monday begins our Top Five Games series for all nine spring programs.
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