Two former Cape May County high school athletes have earned conference honors for their performances in spring track and field recently.
Middle Township graduate Josh Moore was recognized as the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week while Ocean City graduate Steven Jernee was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Week.
Moore, a freshman at Bridgewater State, captured top honors in the javelin and finished 11th in the long jump at the season-opening Tufts Snowflake Classic. Moore tossed the javelin 179 feet, 9 inches, and posted a distance of 20 feet, 3.75 inches, in the long jump.
Moore’s javelin distance qualified him for the Division III New England championships later this spring.
Moore won the state Group II javelin title as a senior at Middle Township last year.
Jernee, a freshman at Stockton University, set a school record throw of 62.29 meters in the javelin toss in his first career outdoor meet for the Ospreys at the Stockton Invitational last Saturday.
Jernee broke the previous record of 61.94 meters set by another Ocean City graduate, Jack Stephenson, in 2013.
Jernee’s toss was the sixth-best in NCAA Division III through the first three weeks of the outdoor track season.
Jernee placed third in the jeavelin at both the state Group III championships and the Meet of Champions and was a Cape May County champion in the javelin, discus and shot put for Ocean City last spring.
— Brian Cunniff