Winter Track Gains Valuable Experience in Preparation for Spring

Winter Track Gains Valuable Experience in Preparation for Spring

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Our final winter sports season review for 2015-2016 has arrived as we take a look back at the year that was for the winter track program.

The Pirates made a strong showing at multiple SJTCA meets this year at the Bennett Center in Toms River with a handful of athletes qualifying for the state meet and the meet of champions.

A couple of other athletes qualified for the Eastern States meet.

Let’s take a look back at the winter track season and some of the best performances by the Pirates this year.

The season began on December 22 with an SJTCA Meet at the Bennett Center.

At the Ocean Breeze Holiday Festival, one of the largest meets in the area each year, the Pirates made a strong showing. Taylor Clark finished second in the pole vault at 9-00.00.

Steven Liu was the highest finisher on the boy’s side, placing sixth in the long jump at 18-11.00.

Cinnaminson had some excellent performances at the first SJTCA Novice Meet of the winter season. There were five top-five finishes and nine top-ten finishes for the Pirates.

The highest finisher for the boys was Pat Bearint, who placed first in the pole vault at 10-00.00. The highest finisher for the girls was Casey Koukoski, who placed fourth in the pole vault at 6-06.00.

At the second SJTCA Novice Meet the Pirates came home with 12 top-ten finishes. Pat Bearint finished second in both the high jump and the pole vault for the boys. Casey Koukoski finished third in the pole vault for the girls.

At the Group 2 Sectional Meet on January 16 the Pirates had eight athletes qualify for nine events at the Group 2 State Meet. The eight athletes (9 events) were as follows:

  • Olivia Rocks – 1600
  • Rashad Raymond – High Jump
  • Taylor Clark – Pole Vault
  • Prisca Blamon – Shot Put
  • Mike Ungvarsky – 1600 and 3200 (Ungvarsky’s first place time in 3200 also qualified for Eastern States)
  • Andrea Benites – 800
  • Kam Kobolak – Shot Put
  • Christian Neuman – Pole Vault
  • Tom Long – 800

At the Group 2 State Meet on February 20 the Pirates had two athletes qualify for the Meet of Champions in Ungvarsky and Tom Long. Ungvarsky qualified for the 3200 and Long for the 800. Long’s time of 1:59.28 also qualified him for the Eastern States Meet.

At the Meet of Champions Long finished 19th of 32 in the 800 and Ungvarsky finished 14th of 36 in the 3200.

To cap off the winter track 2015-2016 season Ungvarsky, Long and Liu took part in the Eastern States Meet. The finishes from Eastern States were as follows:

  • Mike Ungvarsky finishes 4th in 3200 with time of 9:29.52. School Record (3rd time in 10 days).
  • Tom Long finishes 6th in 800 with time of 1:57.60. School Record
  • Steven Liu finishes 10th in triple jump with 43’03.25.

Check Cinn City Sports later today for the Top 5 Winter Track Meets of 2015-2016. Saturday we will bring you the Top 10 Games of Winter 2015-2016 and Sunday we will have a handy link that puts all of our season recaps and top 5 lists in one place.

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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