Spring Sports Preview: Track

Alyssa Penn, who has already impressed with her performance as a sophomore, leaps over a hurdle in a meet last spring.


            Heading into the spring season, the track athletes have set their eyes on many lofty goals. They plan to earn as many victories as they can for the program while pushing to set new personal and school records. 

            The girls 4×800 team enters the season hot off a first-place finish in the GMC Championships this winter. “I anticipate having another successful season with the 4×800 again and maybe even bring home a few more wins!” freshman Victoria Botte said. 

            The athletes hope to continue to represent Old Bridge well by putting forward the best team performances possible “I hope to accomplish records and [personal records], but the most important thing of course is to bring home a trophy/championship for the team and town of Old Bridge,” senior Byron Forson said. “We’re going to have to work harder if we want to get better results.” 

            All members of the team have put the time and effort into improving since last spring by working through the off-season and the winter. “Myself and the entire team work very hard to become better competitors and all that work should pay off with some big performances,” junior thrower Connor Csordos explained. “My technique has changed drastically leading to farther throws and better performances.” 

Senior Nigel Boboli, running the 4×400 earlier this year, runs with his baton in hand.

            “I’m looking forward to racing competitively and continuing to pr in my events,” declared senior Malia Cuffe, who also wants to make the most of her senior season. “I’m going to definitely make the fullest of this last year and push to get the best results.” 

            Senior Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah also plans to leave his own mark in his senior year. “I hope to accomplish beating the school spring triple jump record,” Owusu-Ansah explained. “I’m currently 3 inches short, so I know I can do it.” 

            David Keefe, another senior, has set specific goals to carry him through the entire competition season. “This season, I plan to make it to Meet of Champions and Nationals in the 800m and run a time of 1:56 or faster. I also want to run low 4:20s to under 4:20 in the 1600m,” explained Keefe. “Finally, I want to run under 50 in the 400m and make it to Meet of Champions and Nationals in the 4×400.” 

Senior Malia Cuffie, who hopes to make the most of the final year of her COVID-shortened high school career, rises over a hurdle at a meet last spring.

            The journey starts tomorrow, April 8, at Howell Relays and continues through the month of April with multiple local meets in East Brunswick and Monroe where you can come out to support these athletes. 

Posted on 4/7/23

Photos by Ritee Karmacharya and LORS Photography

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