Lancer Track Team Wins Medals, Break School Records at Essex Relays

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The Livingston High School boys’ varsity track and field team was back on the track at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island on January 2 to compete against the fastest teams in Essex County. The Lancers came home with two medals and a new school record, and the Lancers, noted coach Nancy Petryna, “continued to show improvement in their speed, strength and endurance as they entered the championship portion of the season.”

The first medal for the LHS squad came in the distance medley. Leading off for the Lancers was junior Sean Miller, running 1,200 meters to establish a presence on the track. The baton next went to sprinter Jacob Kogut, who was lending his speed to the distance runners with a quick split in the 400-meter leg before passing off to senior co-captain Jonathan Chen. Chen, who, said his coach, “is typically a miler who has gained speed and poise each year as a Lancer,” finished the 800 meter leg of the race with the Lancers in about the middle of the pack of 15 racers. The baton next went to Philmon Mehari, who, said the coach, “set his focus on methodically passing the racers in front of him one by one, and finished the race with a sprint that stunned many of the other runners and placed the LHS squad firmly in second place with a time of 11:08.64.”

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