By BRIAN CUNNIFF
OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City High School boys and girls track teams each took first place at a Cape May County Championship meet Friday at Carey Stadium that included several notable performances.
The Raider boys posted 163 points to beat second-place Middle Township (70), while the Raider girls recorded 181 points to finish ahead of second-place Middle (73).
Lower Cape May, Wildwood and Wildwood Catholic also participated in the meet.
Three male participants were multiple-event winners at the meet. Wildwood Catholic’s Charles Fields won the 100 in 11.15 seconds and the 200 in 22.39 seconds. Rakim Coyle set a new program recording in winning the triple jump at 46-6 and also tied classmate Caleb Fields for first place in the long jump at a distance of 21 feet, 2.5 inches.. And Lower Cape May’s Dennis Cluff claimed first in the discus toss at 119-3 and the javelin at 143-4.
Other boys winners included Ocean City’s P.J. Short (800), Korey Greene (1600), Jesse Schmeizer (3200), Kevin Kinhg (110 hurdles), Matt Zelinski (400 hurdles), Liam Bergman (high jump) and Jimmy Rice (shot put) and Middle Township’s Jalen Freeman (400) and Gary Nagle (pole vault).
Ocean City’s Bergman, Zelinski, Sean Zellers and Anthony Conte took first in the 4×400 relay.
Middle Township’s Caroline Gallagher was the star of the girls meet. The sophomore won the 100 in 12.99 seconds in her first-ever attempt at the race and also claimed first in the 200 in 26.34. She also anchored the winning 4×400 relay team, which also included Katie Herlihy, Dakota Ludman and Lindsey Pane. Herlihy also won the 400 hurdles.
Emma Sacco won a pair of events for Ocean City, taking the high jump at a height of 4-10 and the triple jump at a distance of 33-11.75.
Other individual girls winners included Ocean City’s Grace Burke (400), Michaela Baker (800), Alexa Palmieri (1600), Alexa Weber (3200), Mackenzie Matura (100 hurdles), Sophia Gresham (long jump) and Jade Phelps (shot put); Middle Township’s Myesha Sapp (discus) and Abri Bostard (pole vault); and Lower Cape May’s Christina Adams (javelin).