Top 5 Winter Track Meets of 2015-2016

Top 5 Winter Track Meets of 2015-2016

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We conclude our Top 5 series today for the winter sports season as we take a look at the Top 5 Winter Track Meets of 2015-2016.

Winter track competed multiple times at the Bennett Center in Toms River, took part in the Ocean Breeze Holiday Festival and sent eight athletes in nine events to the Group 2 State Meet following the Group 2 Sectional Meet.

We begin our look at the top 5 winter track meets with number five:

#5: Cinnaminson at Ocean Breeze Holiday Festival

At the annual Ocean Breeze Holiday Festival the Pirates competed against hundreds of athletes from across the Northeast. The boys and girls had multiple top-ten finishers as girl’s 4×55 meter shuttle hurdle finished 7th overall, Taylor Clark finished 2nd in the pole vault, the girl’s 1600 sprint medley relay finished 7th, the boy’s 4×55 meter hurdle relay finished 7th, Steve Liu finished 6th in the long jump and the boy’s 1600 sprint medley relay finished 9th.

#4: Cinnaminson at Group 2 Sectional Championships

The Group 2 Sectional Championships were held on January 30 and the Pirates cleaned up. Athletes who finished in the top six of their event qualified for the Group 2 State Meet. When the dust settled at the Group 2 Sectional, there were eight athletes moving onto the state meet in nine events. Those eight athletes were Olivia Rocks (1600), Rashad Raymond (High Jump), Taylor Clark (Pole Vault), Prisca Blamon (Shot Put), Mike Ungvarsky (1600 and 3200), Andrea Benites (800), Kam Kobolak (Shot Put), Christian Neuman (Pole Vault) and Tom Long (800).

#3: Cinnaminson at Group 2 State Championships

On February 20, the Pirates winter track program sent eight athletes across nine events to the Group 2 State Championship Meet at the Bennett Center. Of the eight athletes, two of them advanced to the Meet of Champions. Mike Ungvarsky qualified for the MOC with a time of 9:31.11 in the 3200, finishing second. Tom Long qualified for the MOC with a time of 1:59.28 in the 800, finishing third.

#2: Cinnaminson at the Meet of Champions

In the second-to-last meet of the winter track season the Pirates sent two athletes to the Meet of Champions. Ungvarsky and Long advanced to the MOC following their showing at the Group 2 State Championships. Both athletes finished in the top five of their events, Ungvarsky second in the 3200 and Long third in the 800 to get to the MOC. At the MOC, Ungvarsky finished 14th out of 36 in the 3200 and Long finished 19th out of 32 in the 800. Ungvarsky went 9:30.03 and Long went 2:01.65.

#1: Cinnaminson at Eastern States

To cap off the winter track 2015-2016 season, the Pirates sent three athletes to Eastern States at the New York Armory. Ungvarsky ran in the 3200 at a pace of 9:29.52, which is a school record, finishing in 4th place. It was the third time in 10 days that he set the school record in the 3200. Long ran in the 800 at a pace of 1:57.60, also a school record, finishing in 6th place. Liu competed in the triple jump, finishing in 10th place with a jump of 43’03.25.

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Jim is the creator and editor of Cinn City Sports. He also created At the Dish, Life With Tony and Enzo and is the owner of JAVFreelancing. He coached baseball for five years, three at his former high school (Holy Cross in Delran, NJ) and two at prominent Division III program Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He has worked for the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, NJ; Metro Networks in Bala Cynwyd, PA; and was the play-by-play announcer for the Camden Riversharks of the Independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for two seasons (2007-2008) on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM, the student-run radio station at Rowan University. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and minor in Journalism from Rowan University in 2008. While in school he was the Assistant Sports Director at WGLS for two years and the Sports Director for one year. He also covered the football, baseball, softball and both basketball teams for the school newspaper 'The Whit.' He is the former Sports Editor for the Cinnaminson and Moorestown Patch websites. Jim lives in New Jersey with his wife Nicole, sons Tony and Enzo and dog Phoebe. He can be reached at jimvassallo@cinncitynews.com