Irvington HS girls’ track and field gives good efforts; looks to be competitive at Bulldog Relays and Penn Relays

Irvington High’s Berline Julien leads the pack in a race during the home meet against Nutley and Barringer. Photo by Steve Ellmore.
Vicky Molokwu, attempting a jump during the home meet vs. Nutley and Barringer, has been a top point-scorer for Irvington. Photo by Steve Ellmore

IRVINGTON, NJ – The Irvington High School girls’ track and field team is off to a fair start this season.  They rebounded from two dual meet loses against Nutley and West Essex by defeating Barringer and Orange to move to a 2-2 record this spring.

The Blue Knights are led by several individuals who have been the top point- scorers for the team in the dual meets. Senior Vicky Molokwu is the top scorer in the following events: 100-meter hurdles, 100- and 200-meter dashes, and the long jump.

Junior Andrea Jackson is the second-leading scorer, competing in the 100 and 400 hurdles and triple jump. In the distance events, the  top scorers are sophomore Adijat Oyekele (1,600 and 3,200 meters) and junior Cathiana Jean (800 meters).

The field team is led by junior Rayna Smith (shot put, discus and javelin).

The team also has received top performances from sophomore Taliyah Hayes (400) and newcomer senior Joanna Gonsalves (400 hurdles).  

“Along with these girls and a host of others you’ll be hearing about throughout the season, the team will be very competitive with many victories,” said IHS girls’ head coach Barnes Reid.

For the first team in five years, the girls will competing in the annual Penn Relay Carnivals at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa., along with the IHS boys’ team, April 26-28.

“This coming weekend at the Bulldogs Relays, we look to do very well with a strong squad,” said Barnes of the meet at Shabazz in Newark on April 21.  “It will serve as a tune-up for the Penn Relays and we will be competitive in all events entered.”

This is Barnes’ 39th year coaching track at IHS.