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Pleasantville, EHT boys win state indoor track titles

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The Pleasantville High School and Egg Harbor Township High School boys indoor track and field teams each won NJSIAA championships at the John Bennett Athletic Complex in Toms River on Saturday, Feb. 16.

The Pleasantville boys, led by twin brothers Jacob and Isaac Clark, won their second straight Group I indoor title with a team total of 54 points, 34 ahead of second-place Hanover Park.

The EHT boys captured the Group IV championship with 34 points, edging out Trenton by two points for the first state title in school history by any sport.

James Plummer, Kofi Yamoah and Curtis Fitzpatrick swept the shot put, with Plummer winning the event with a throw of 58 feet, 10 inches. Fitzpatrick was second at 56-11, and Yamoah placed third at 56-9.

Fitzpatrick also won the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.51 seconds.

"It's remarkable," said EHT coach Kevin Stetser. "They're all great students and great athletes, they work hard and they give back to the community. They like to compete against each other but they like to see each other win. They feed off each other and they get the team concept, which is important. They're amazing."

In Group I, Pleasantville’s Jacob Clark set a meet record in the 800-meter run with a time of 1 minute, 55.25 seconds, and also won the 1,600 in 4:18.22.

Isaac Clark placed second in the 400-meter run (49.67) and second behind his brother in the 800, and Tyriq Adams of Pleasantville was third in the high jump at 6-feet even. Pleasantville also placed second in the 1,600 relay with a strong kick by anchor Isaac Clark.

It was an impressive day for Atlantic County’s high school track programs.

EHT's Lola Agabalogun won the Group IV girls shot put with a throw of 40 feet, seven and three-quarter inches, and the Pleasantville girls finished fourth in the Group I 1,600-meter relay.

Absegami’s Salman Khalid finished third in the Group IV boys 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:32.09.

The top boys and girls performers will next compete for the individual state championships, also known as the Meet of Champions, on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Bennett Center.

 

 


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