Rockets dominate shot put at Jersey Shore Relays

first_img BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer Raritan’s girls seem poised to continue their throwing domination in track and field. Led by previous state champions Kelly Robinson and Amanda Harmata, the Rockets have been a powerhouse, winning numerous relay and individual crowns the last few years. It doesn’t looked like much has changed in Hazlet, if this year’s Jersey Shore Relays are any indication. Led by Ashley Gallo, the Rockets owned the girls shot put relay, placing five throwers in the top eight at the Atlantic Club in Manasquan on Dec. 28. Gallo finished first in the Small School competition with a throw of 32-6 1/2. That toss topped the winning mark of 32-3 from the Large School competition by Howell’s Anna DiPaolo. Val Carney was third overall at 26-8 1/2 for the Rockets, just ahead of teammate Courtney Settle (25-6). Jackie Wood (25-2) and Shannon Boyce (24-9) were seventh and eighth overall for Raritan. Not to be outdone, Raritan’s boys were just as impressive in the shot put relay. The Rockets’ Rick Jaeger finished first overall with a throw of 46-8 3/4 that was just a quarter-inch short of topping runner-up Paul Zarella of Asbury Park (41-9) by five feet. Like Gallo’s mark, it was the best of the competition, besting Large School winner Jeremy Gaudet of Brick Memorial, who reached 43-1 1/4. Starting with Colten Cloonar (31-7 1/2) in sixth place, it was all Raritan for the rest of the top 10. Ryan Campbell (31-1 3/4), Anthony Cascio (30-10), Pat Zibro (29-10) and Kevin Yorks (29-7 1/4) rounded out the top 10. In the Small School boys high jump relay, the Rockets’ Mike Bucceri had the best jump, 5-10. Raritan also won the girls 4×800 in 11:14.6. The Jersey Shore Relays were a tune-up for the Monmouth County Relay Championships that jump-start the New Year and the indoor track and field championship season. The county relays are Sunday at the Jersey City Armory starting at 10 a.m. The individual Monmouth County championships are also at the Jersey City Armory, on Jan. 15. — Tim Morris BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer last_img read more

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