Boosted by Strong Performances in Relays, PHS Track to Have Good Presence at MOC
Excelling in group efforts, the Princeton High track team made its mark in relay events as it competed in the Group 3 state championship meet last weekend in South Plainfield.
The boys’ 4×800 team of sophomore Patrick O’Connell, sophomore Alex Roth, junior Noah Chen, and sophomore Cy Watsky took fourth in 8:00.17 to book their spot in the Meet of Champions (MOC) on June 3 as a top-six finisher. The quartet took a step closer to their goal of beating the 34-year old school record of 7:57.1.
On the girls’ side, the 4×800 team of senior Paige Metzheiser, junior Lou Mialhe, senior Julie Bond, and sophomore Annefleur Hartmanshenn took sixth in 9:40.40 to earn its way to the MOC, which is being held in South Plainfield.
Another relay, the girls’ 4×400, also advanced to the Meet of Champions as a wildcard based on time. Junior Maia Hauschild, freshman Jackie Patterson, junior Jordan Vine, and Metzheiser combined to break 4 minutes for the first time, running 3:59.46 in placing seventh at the group meet. Three of the girls had sub-60 second splits.
Also advancing to the MOC as individual wildcards were Roth in the 3,200 after taking eighth in 9:28.45, and sophomore Noa Levy, the eighth-place finisher in the high jump with a mark of 5’0.