June 15, 2016 |
For the longest time, Martin Booker Jr. didn't want to try to fill the large shoes or trace the rapid steps of his famous father. "I wanted to go my own way," Booker said. "I was more into football than track. I thought that would be my main sport. " Booker, a junior at Pennsauken, still plays football. But he also has embraced his legacy as the son of one of South Jersey's most accomplished track and field athletes and has come to create his own identity in the sport. Booker is the Inquirer's South Jersey athlete of the year in boys' track and field after a sensational season in which he led Pennsauken to the Group 3 state title and finished with a flourish at the Meet of Champions.
June 11, 2016 |
BAYVILLE, N.J. - Jon Taylor is a football player, first and foremost. The Salem High School junior certainly looks the part. At 6-foot and a muscular 211 pounds, he stood apart from many of the lithe and lean athletes at the Meet of Champions for track and field on Wednesday night. When the gun sounded for the finals of the 100-meter dash, Taylor separated himself again. "It's not something I expected," Taylor said after winning the race at Central Regional High School in 10.61 seconds.
June 1, 2015 |
B.J. Mitchell regards himself as a basketball player who also participates in track and field. His track and field coach has another perspective. "I tease him all the time," St. Joseph coach Noel Vadino said. "He tells me he's a basketball player who does track. I tell him he's a track guy who plays basketball from November to March. " The 6-foot-2 Mitchell scored 1,369 points in four seasons at St. Joseph. He averaged 18.9 points as a senior. He plans to play basketball next year at Camden County College, with hopes of transferring to a four-year school to continue his career on the hardwood.
May 30, 2015 |
Jack Pierce and his wife were "cringing. " They wanted their son Sterling to return to the sport of track and field. They knew it was "in his blood. " They knew he could flourish. They also knew it had to be his decision. "It has to be something you do with joy, from your heart," said Jack Pierce, a bronze medalist in the 110-meter hurdles at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Sterling Pierce knew his father and mother, Marva, wanted to see him on the track. He knew they were "dropping hints" without pushing too hard.
April 25, 2015 |
Track isn't necessarily Marissa Topolski's best sport. In fact, this is only the Lenape High senior's second season of track and field, and she was called upon Thursday to run an anchor leg at the Penn Relays. Perhaps that's why Topolski, also a soccer star, couldn't quite keep still before the 4x400-meter relay in the South Jersey Large Schools race. "I jump up and down a lot," she said, smiling. "I stretch, I crack my knuckles and I talk a lot, and really fast. " "Lots of stretching," said teammate Shannon Storms, laughing.
July 3, 2014 |
Frank E. Greenberg, 81, formerly of Penn Valley, a Philadelphia lawyer and standout track and field official, died Sunday, June 29, at an assisted-living facility in Palm Harbor, Fla., of complications associated with Alzheimer's disease. He had been ill for several years, said his friend Stuart Gellman. Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from Overbrook High School in 1950, and earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and a degree from Penn's Law School.
June 12, 2014 |
Curtis Thompson's two Meet of Champions javelin medals hang next to each other in his room. The Florence senior earned his first last year when he finished fourth. This year, Thompson took home a first-place medal after setting a state record of 224 feet, 10 inches at the Meet of Champs. When he looks at the two medals, he just thinks "progress. " Thompson, The Inquirer's 2014 South Jersey boys' track and field athlete of the year, had the longest throw in the country for the second straight year, but this year's accomplishment was different.
April 24, 2014 |
Year after year, the Penn Relays and the Drake Relays are conducted on the same late April weekend, one in a huge Eastern metropolis, the other in a relatively quiet Midwestern burg, two cities about 1,000 miles apart. Track aficionados annually check out the results from both Penn and Drake to compare times and to check which meet has the most star athletes. Many like to think that the two meets compete for teams, athletes, and attention. However, if you listen to the directors of the two meets, they only want to see track and field thrive.
May 31, 2013
Here is a look at the state track and field championships: Groups 4, 1, and A At Egg Harbor Township, Friday at 3:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. Group 4 boys' team to watch: Host Egg Harbor has depth in field events led by Kofi Yamoah. Group 4 boys' athlete to watch: Lenape's Mike Williams won the 400-meter hurdles (54.47 seconds) and 400 (50.02) at the sectional meet. Group 4 girls' team to watch: Led by Jess Woodard and Courtney Foster, Cherokee won the sectional title.
May 27, 2013
The Results Team Scoring Class AA girls: 1 Swenson, 77; 2, Brookville Area, 42; 3, Villa Joseph Marie, 22; 4 (tie) Elk County Catholic and Washington, 20; 6, Central Columbia, 19; 7 (tie) Montoursville Area, Springdale, Villa Maria Academy and Saint Mary's Area, 18. Class AAA girls: 1 Hempfield Area, 53.5; 2 Cheltenham, 27; 3 (tie) Central Bucks South and Central Bucks West, 26; 5 Greater Latrobe, 21; 6 (tie) Penn Wood, Quakertown and Chambersburg, 20; 9 Cumberland Valley, 17; 10 North Penn, 15. Class AA boys: 1 West Middlesex, 60; 2 Trinity, 48; 3 Schuylkill Valley, 37; 4 Annville-Cleona, 28; 5 Wilmington, 24; 6 Washington, 23.5; 7 (tie)