The Verona High School girls track team had a very successful night at the North Jersey Championship Meet at Fairleigh Dickinson University on Friday, January 20. The FDU facility prohibits the use of metal spikes, which makes it very difficult for athletes to get their best results. The Verona girls achieved a second place overall finish in the small schools division.
Kate Ashley won the 600m race with a time of 1:46 in a field of 54 girls. Maggie Ashley came in third in the 300m sprint at 44.3 in a field of more than 90 girls. Giuliana Frizzi, Julia Cambreleng, Chelsea Gruskin, Colette Quattrocchi and Carolyn Feeley also competed in the 300m sprint.
Tycjana Konopka got sixth place in the 1600m run with a time of 6:02.
In the last event of the night, the Verona girls 4 x 400m relay captured second place in a time of 4:28. The team included Maggie Ashley, Chelsea Gruskin, Kathleen Nagy and Kate Ashley.
Julia DiGeronimo made it to the semi-finals in the 55m high hurdle race and later ran the 1600 and the 4 x 800m, along with Rebecca Seubert, Jordan Warner and Tycjana Konopka.
Carli Lavoie and Carolyn Feeley competed in the 55m high hurdles, while Giuliana Frizzi, Zoie Petronzo, Chelsea Gruskin and Kathleen Nagy all ran the 55m dash.
The girls’ next meet is the Essex County Track & Field Championships at the Jersey City Armory on Sunday, January 29. The meet has a 9 a.m. start.