By BRIAN CUNNIFF
There were two double winners and three other first-place finishers from Cape May County at the Cape-Atlantic League track and field championships Thursday afternoon at Bridgeton High School.
Two Wildwood Catholic seniors were double winners at the meet. Rakim Coyle took first place in the long jump with a leap of 22-7 ¼ and also won the triple jump at a distance of 43-5 ½. Teammate Charles Fields took the two sprint events, winning the 100 meters in 10.81 seconds and the 200 meters in 21.76 seconds.
Other Cape May County winners from the boys meet included Middle Township’s Gary Nagle, who broke his own school record at a height of 13 feet in the pole vault, and Lower Cape May’s Will Berger, who won the 1,600 meters in 4:32.76.
On the girls side, Middle Township’s Abri Bostard won the pole vault at a height of 9-0.
Several other athletes from Cape May County enjoyed top-three finishes at the meet.
In boys competition, Ocean City’s Kevin King was second in the 100 hurdles, Ocean City’s Jaden Tocci-Rodgers placed third in the high jump and Wildwood Catholic’s Caleb Fields was third in the long jump. In relay competition, Ocean City’s Lou Conte, Sean Zellers, Matt Zelinski and Liam Bergman were second in the 4×400 relay.
In girls competition, Ocean City’s Alexa Palmieri placed second in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races, Middle Township’s Kate Herlihy finished second in the 400 hurdles and Ocean City’s Sophia Greshman was third in the long jump.
Ocean City also had a pair of top-three finishes in girls relay events. Brooke Farr, Emma Sardy, Kesley White and Nicole Rhodes were second in the 4×800 and Mackenzie Matura, Sophia Gresham, Amanda Schmid and Allison Whiltshire placed third in the 4×100 relay.