May 4, 2014 at 12:36 AM
DENVILLE NJ- For the third time in five years, the Randolph boys and girls track and field teams collectively ran, jumped, and threw their way to the Morris County Relay title, besting 21 other towns from around the county. The Rams have swept the title six times over the past 20 years, something no other town has done more than twice.
The girls used a come from behind effort to edge out Mendham by a close 75-70 margin. They had two key gold medals that helped make that happen. One was the 3,200 meter relay team of Liz Wellman, Margaret Thomson, Carole Harsch, and Nora May McSorley, finishing in 9:32.08. Their other gold came in the distance medley, with a team of Carole Harsch, Marley Bracklemanns-Puig, Marianne Loeken, and anchor Liz Wellman finishing in 12:19.93
On the boys’ side, the Rams ran away with the title in a landslide, finishing with 96 points to second place Mendham’s distant 64. The highlight was the long jump team of Anthony Zarro, Carlo Zarro, and Greg Stickle whose long anticipated jump into the record books finally came to fruition. With jumps of 23-0 for Anthony, 20-11 for Carlo, and 22-6 for Stickle, their total of 66-5 crushed the county record which stood at 63-9.
Another record breaking performance for Randolph came in the 1,600 meter relay, as the boys took gold and in the process broke a 27 year old meet record. The team of Stephan Nalbach, Dan Leanza, Collin McAlmont, and Greg Stickle finished with a time of 3:20.63.
The other first placed finishes were the 800 meter relay ( James Leinhardt, Collin McAlmont, Nick Ciccaglione and Dan Leanza ) the sprint medley ( James Leinhardt, Nick Ciccaglione, Stephen Nalbach, Greg Stickle ) and the team high jump ( Anthony and Carlo Zarro, Connor Logoyda ).
In day one of the event on Friday, the boys 3x400 hurdles also broke a county record as Colin McAlmont, Stephen Nalbach, and Dan Leanza combined to finish at 2:48.43, besting the county record by a half second.