As Big Blue readies itself for the fall season, it hopes to improve upon its record last season, during which the team took third in the Metropolitan Independent Football League.
A soggy track was no match for the sheer speed of Pingry girls at Saturday's Somerset County Relays. Not only did the sprint medley relay team of Kierstyn Brown '20, Lauren Taylor '20, Ryan Davi '21, and Nicole Vanasse '20 win the event, they set a meet record of 4:07.66, clinched a new state-best time this spring, and qualified for the New Balance Nationals Outdoor in June. Finishing almost 11 seconds ahead of Ridge, their feat was remarkable for a single race.
Not long after that event, Alina Irvine '21 joined Kierstyn, Ryan, and Nicole in the distance medley relay, nailing another win (12:48.82).
In field events, Carol Ann Perry '20—tied as the seventh-best pole vaulter in the state—took gold by six inches, clearing 10'6". Grace O'Mara '19 posted her third consecutive win in the discus (114'8"), after taking first at both the Rebel Relays on April 6 and the Skyland Conference Relays on April 13. Partnering with Jennifer Ryan '20, who placed seventh (87'09") and Solape Fakorede '19, in 22nd (69'11"), Grace and her teammates places second overall in the event.
Big Blue girls finished fourth overall at the meet, behind Ridge, Hillsborough, and Montgomery.
Congratulations, Girls' Varsity Track & Field!
Read reactions from Nicole and Ryan after winning the sprint medley relay, and check out NJ.com's Top 12 performances from the meet, three of which were earned by Pingry girls. Full results can be found here.
Photo of Kierstyn Brown '20 from the 2018 Somerset County Relays; by Bruce Morrison.
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