Irvington HS boys’ shuttle hurdle relay team finishes 17th at New Balance Nationals; Blue Knights enjoy fine spring season

Members of IHS shuttle hurdle relay team poses at the New Balance Nationals. From left: Brian Fisher, Tavaughn Whyte, alternate Michael Veltz, Cordell Litus, and Dwight Henry.

IRVINGTON, NJ – The Irvington High School boys’ shuttle hurdle relay team placed 17th at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals held at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C. on June 16.

The relay team clocked 1:02.8.

Sophomore Dwight Henry split 15.0; senior Brian Fisher split 16.1; junior Cordell Litus split 16.79 and senior Tavaughn Whyte split 14.6.

This spring season, the Blue Knights, under head coach Marvin Hawkins, finished with an 8-3 record, including 6-2 in the Super Essex Conference-Liberty Division.

Henry won the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash at the SEC-Liberty Division Championship meet.

The 4×400-meter relay team of Michael Veltz, Keano Fearon, Desmond Marfo and Devin Seward won its heat at the Penn Relays held at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa.

The 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams qualified for the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Group 3 State Championships. The 4×100 relay did so for the first time.

Fearon, a senior competing in his first track season, placed second in the 400 dash with a time of 49.92 at the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group 3 Championships.

Athletes competing in college next year:

Michael Veltz, Post University, full scholarship

Kyle Morley, Rutgers University-Newark

Keano Fearon, Union County College

Shamar Fraser, Union County College

Brian Fisher, Rutgers University-Camden

Coaches notes: Overall, the Blue Knights had a very good season with several individuals and relay teams ranking in the top 25 of the state.