Seven Verona Athletes Advance To Meet Of Champions


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Rebecca Slotkin rose above the competition at Groups this weekend. Photo: Bo Kirby

The Verona Track Team had an impressive showing among the top athletes from about 40 schools in the Group championships this weekend in South Plainfield. Verona had two golds: Rebecca Slotkin, who won the pole vault with a height of 10-06 and Dave Oster, who won the Group title in the 3,200-Meter Run for third consecutive year with a time of 9:16.73, despite battling a sore hip. Ashlee Petroski took second place in the 400-Meter Hurdles with a time of 1:04.60 and Rebecca Lee took third in the Shot Put with a throw of 35:07.50.

Overall, seven Verona athletes placed in the top six in their events, and will be going to the Meet of Champions next weekend: Ashlee Petroski (400-Meter Hurdles), Kelly Scully (1,600-Meter Run), Rebecca Slotkin (Pole Vault), Kweku Sapara-Grant (Triple Jump), Rebecca Lee (Shot Put), and Dave Oster and Dave Lukas (3,200-Meter Run).

Here are the results:

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Kweku Sapara-Grant, 19th place, 400-Meter Hurdles,59.55

Ryan Thomas, 16th place, Shot Put, 43-03.00

Kweku Sapara-Grant, 9th place, High Jump, 5-10.00

Kweku Sapara-Grant, 10th place, 110-Meter Hurdles, 15.73.

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Dave Oster, 1st place, 3,200-Meter Run, 9:16.73

Dave Lukas, 5th place, 3,200-Meter Run, 9:53.63

Nick Lukas, 14th place, 3,200-Meter Run, 10:21.73

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Justin Bruso, 18th place, Discus, 101-10

Kweku Sapara-Grant, 5th place, Triple Jump, 43-06.00

Dave Oster, 2nd place, 1,600-Meter Run


Ashlee Petroski, 2nd place, 400-Meter Hurdles, 1:04.60

Erin Smythe, 11th place, 400-Meter Hurdles, 1:08.59

Marybeth Grund, 12th place, 400-Meter Hurdles, 1:08.70

Kelly Scully, 6th place, 1,600-Meter Run, 5:22.76

Heather Sweeney, 7th place, 5:24.48

Montana DelColle, 7th place, Discus, 99-05

Rebecca Slotkin, 11th place, Javelin, 99-0

Kelly Scully, 8th place, 3,200-Meter Run, 11:58.87

Heather Sweeney, 9th place, 3,200-Meter Run

Erin Smythe, Kelsey Attamante, Rebecca Conaway, Ashlee Petroski, 8th place, 4 x 400 Relay, 4:15.24

Rebecca Slotkin, 1st place, Pole Vault, 10-06.

Rebecca Lee, 3rd place, Shot Put, 35-07.50

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Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan moved to Verona in 1989. A long-time journalist, she has been on the staff of Money, Sports Illustrated, Bride’s and Redbook magazines. Her articles on health and parenting appear in a variety of national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Self and Family Circle. She and her husband Greg have three school-aged children, and are members of Our Lady of the Lake Church. You can reach Julia at [email protected]


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