June 15, 2013 |
Haddon Heights track star Dominique Irons searches through his black Nissan Maxima to show off his medals. About eight hang from the rearview mirror. More rest inside the beige center console, some even unopened, because Irons does not want to break the mirror. The muscular, 5-foot-8 senior struggles not to drop any medals while explaining the origin of each. He also lines his living room and bedroom door with awards he accumulated throughout high school. Just before searching through his car, Irons, The Inquirer's South Jersey boys' track athlete of the year, recalled when he did not even want to participate in his most successful event.
June 3, 2013 |
When the discus left Jess Woodard's hand, she said, the throw felt familiar. She just didn't realize how familiar. "A good throw is a good throw," said Woodard, a Cherokee senior. "It felt like a good throw. " For the second weekend in a row, Woodard uncorked the second-longest throw in New Jersey high school girls' history. But the twist on Saturday at the track and field state championships at Egg Harbor Township was that Woodard's winning throw was exactly the same as her throw the previous Saturday at the sectional meet.
June 1, 2013 |
At some point in the middle of the jump, floating in midair, Dominique Irons felt what was coming. "It actually felt like I was sailing while I was jumping," he said. "From my first jump, I just felt good. I knew I could build to that 50-foot mark. " In Friday's Group 1, Group 4, and Non-Public B state track and field championships at Egg Harbor Township, Irons, a Haddon Heights senior, stole the spotlight with a triple jump of 50 feet, 63/4 inches. The jump was a state record, and it was the fourth-best in the country this season.
May 26, 2013 |
Jess Woodard's teammates were bundled up and spectating, watching her compete in the final event of the afternoon. It was the team's fourth hour in the miserable, unseasonable weather. "They were out here supporting me," Woodard said. "But I think even they were ready to get back on the bus at that point. " It was a spectacle to see so many so bundled up in late May. But Woodard's game plan for the weather stood out just as much. Through sideways rain; strong winds; and bitter, cold temperatures, the Cherokee senior never stopped moving - running in place, jogging, stretching, shuffling back and forth.
May 16, 2013 |
Diamond Hodge continued her dominance in the long jump and triple jump Wednesday afternoon as the Girls High senior captured both events at Germantown on the first day of the PIAA District 12 Track and Field Championships. Hodge set a meet record with a 38-foot, 7-inch mark in the Class AAA triple jump. She won the long jump at 18-1. It was eight inches ahead of second place. Hodge won both events last week in the Public League championship meet. Ke'Von Lumb of Bishop McDevitt won the Class AA girls' long jump at 18-11/2, just a quarter of an inch ahead of second-place Tehya Noell of Engineering and Science.
May 13, 2013 |
For Kayla Coley and Ciara Leonard, Saturday afternoon at Plymouth Whitemarsh must have felt just like practice. There was Coley, Cheltenham's Texas Tech-bound hurdler, capturing the 100-meter girls' hurdles at the Suburban One American Conference Championships. And near her side, just two-tenths of a second behind, was sophomore teammate Leonard. "We put them next to each other every day on the hurdling drills," coach Kelly Jensen said. "They work tremendously together and are competitive, but collegial.
May 9, 2013 |
Diamond Hodge of Girls High turned in a standout performance in the field, and Masterman's Julian Degroot-Lutzner used a late charge to win on the track Wednesday as the Public League wrapped up the second day of its three-day track and field championships at Germantown. Hodge won the girls' triple jump with a mark of 37 feet, 5 inches and captured the long jump with a mark of 17-91/2. Tanise Edwards of Northeast captured the high jump, and Lucy Van Kleunen won the 3,200 meters as Central swept the first three places.
April 24, 2013
Here are athletes who have qualified to compete in individual events at this week's Penn Relays. Boys Shot put: Braheme Days Jr., Bridgeton (No. 1 seed); Kofi Yamoah, Egg Harbor Township; Nick Pulli, West Deptford. Discus: Josh Awotunde, Delsea (No. 2 seed); Will Cioffi, Pitman; James Plummer, Egg Harbor Township. Javelin: Curtis Thompson, Florence (No. 1 seed); Chris Marabelli, Holy Cross. 3,000 meters: Jimmy Daniels, Sterling; Lou Corgliano, Hammonton. Triple jump: Dominique Irons, Haddon Heights.
April 7, 2013 |
Coatesville's Shaquille Thomas sprinted to a first-place finish in the 100 meters and helped his team control the field events, sparking the Red Raiders to the team title at the Bruce Dallas Invitational on Saturday at Cumberland Valley. Thomas finished in 11.16 seconds and placed third in the long jump. Elizae McDonald won the high jump with a mark of 6-4, and William Royal recorded a 44-2 to win the triple jump. Darrik Muroski finished third in the shot put and discus, and Rahjeir Miles was third in the javelin.
March 31, 2013 |
Haddon Heights senior Dominique Irons likes to stand out. Sporting thick-rimmed, nonprescription glasses and what he described as a "Run D.M.C.-era haircut," featuring a thin line shaved into an otherwise thick head of hair, Irons looks the part. On the track, he also acts it. Irons won the indoor 55-meter dash in the Meet of Champions in January, but he and his coaches talk about his ability in the triple jump. Those talents earned him a Meet of Champions title in 2011; they also set him apart.