Photo courtesy MHS Track and Field team

by Andrew Garda

garda@montclairlocal.news

The Montclair High School track and field teams continued a great 2017 season Monday night as both the boys and girls teams performed well during the Super Essex County Conference Championships.

The girls were the big story, as they won the American Division League Championship with 154 points — almost 50 points higher than the second-place team, Columbia. Their point total was the second highest team total for the day, with West Essex’s 166 in the Liberty Division just a little higher.

The boys squad finished sixth in the American Division with 40 points.

“We are proud of the performances on Monday and impressed with the poise, passion and execution athletes had in their respective events,” coach Sophia Wallace said in an email Tuesday. “Championship season is now here and we have work to do and I’m confident that the team is prepared to work hard and perform to the best of their ability.”

Among the notable performances for the Mounties was Meghan Hessler’s win in 1600-meter with a time of 5:16.65. Matilda Ferguson placed third in that race with a time of 5:30.57. Ferguson won the 3200-meter race with a time of 11:45.90 with teammate Amelia Lufrano coming in second with a 12:05.13 time.

Nyjah Young Bey won three races — the 100-meter (12.61 time), 200-meter (25.98) and 400-meter (57.57). Elizabeth Cummings won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:23.59.

The Mounties also took home wins in the discus throw and shot put. Jane Carino won the discus event with a throw of 116-05, with Shelby Bigsby coming in second with a throw of 115-11.

Bigsby went on to win the shot put with a meet record throw of 45-05.

Now the Mounties head into the county championships.

Those take place this weekend on Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May 20, at Woodman Field. Friday’s events start at 4 p.m. and include girls and boys 400-meter hurdles finals, 100-meter dash trials, 1600-meter run finals and 400-meter dash finals. In addition, boys field events will be the triple jump, discus and high jump and girls events will be the long jump, javelin and shot put.

Saturday’s events will start at 11 a.m. The girls track events will be the 100-meter high hurdles trials and finals, the 800-meter run final, the 100-meter high hurdles final, 100-meter dash final, 200-meter dash final, 3200-meter run final, and the 1600-meter relay final. The field events will be girls discus, high jump and triple jump.

The boys track events will be the 110-meter high hurdles trials and finals, 800-meter final, 100-meter dash final, 200-meter dash finals, 3200-meter run final and 1600-meter relay final. The field events will be the long jump, pole vault, javelin and shot put.