Toms River – On February 7, in Toms River, the Rumson Fair Haven High School girls’ indoor track team won, for the first time in school history, the NJSIAA Indoor Sectionals CJ Group 2 title.
Scoring 60 points, the team finished in front of thirteen other teams including local teams Matawan, Holmdel, and Monmouth Regional.
Junior Rachel Christ, led the team with 20 points winning the 1600-meter run (5.09.59) and setting a meet record. In addition, Christ won 3200-meter event (11.24.37). Senior Shannon McCarthy scored 16 points winning the 800-meter run (2:21.61) and finishing third in the 1600 meter run (5:11.03). Scoring 8 points, the 4×400 meter relay team, composed of senior Kate Kostecky, freshman Meagan McGurl, senior Elizabeth Bellin and junior Emily Geiger, finished second in 4:13.37.
Also scoring points for the RFH girls’ team in the 800-meter run were senior Molly Hellman (2:26:47) and sophomore Courtney Howley (2:27.83). Geiger scored 2 points for her 5th place finish in the 400 meter dash (1:01.51), junior Michaella Irvine scored 2 points for her 5th place finish in the 1600 meter run (5:20.91) and freshman Fini Satzke scored 2 points for her 5th place finish in the 3200 meter run (11:58.41).
Tim McLoone, one of the coaches of the RFH indoor track team commented, “We are peaking at just the right time and all of the team members who have trained so hard to this point should be very proud to be part of RFH’s athletic history.”
The RFH boys’ indoor track team finished in sixth place beating out eight other teams.
“It was rough night for the boys overall but there were certainly some highlights like Sam Gottuso’s excellent double,” said McLoone.
Scoring 18 points for his team, Gottuso, a senior, finished first in the 800 meter run (2:02.48) and second in the 1600 meter run (4:37.54).
Gottuso and the ten girl runners mentioned above will advance to the NJSIAA Group 2 Championship, which will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the John Bennett Indoor Sports Complex in Toms River, NJ.