Our Lady of Sorrows track team gives good efforts at Union Catholic meet

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ –The Our Lady of Sorrows track team recently competed in the Union Catholic Track and Field Meet.

OLS opened the 2018 season with a two-year winning streak on the line. Unfortunately, there was no hat trick as the large, well-balanced team from Saint John the Apostle in Clark overwhelmed the field. OLS did manage to withstand Saint Cassian from Upper Montclair to take second.

This meet is unusual in that it combines track clubs as well as schools, so the school athletes are often competing with club athletes whose season is far longer.

OLS opened the scoring at the 3rd & 4th grades events with a second place in the 1,600 meters by Maudie Grace Lomuscio, followed by Isabel Sabneker’s third place in the 800. Maudie Grace then went on to win the TurboJav, followed by Isabel in third. Mary and Lori Kola then placed fourth and fifth. OLS closed out the scoring in the 3rd & 4th grades with a one-two finish by Lori Kola and Zenya Stewart-Mitchell.

Moving on to the 5th & 6th girls, Emma Torres successfully defended her 1,600 title for the third year in a row, just missing the 6th grade class record. Halle Jules, in her first race, finished sixth in the 400, while Alyma Karbownik and Caroline Schmidt placed fourth and fifth in the 800. Alyma earlier placed in the 200 and placed fourth in the Long Jump. Stephanie James finished the individual scoring with a fourth place in the 5th & 6th Girls Shot.

In her first competition, 7th-grader LaSata Jones ran the 100, took fifth in the shot and came back to help the boys relay.

The 3rd & 4th grade boys were especially effective. Kyle Dixon placed fourth in the 400 and fourth in the TurboJav. Joe Schmidt and Alfonso Dunmeyer placed second and fourth in the 800, while Fionn  Tynan and Christopher Schmidt placed third and fifth in the 1,600. Christopher is a 2nd grader! Joe Schmidt came back to place fifth in the TurboJav and fifth in the Shot.

Newcomer Will Spreeman fired up the 5th & 6th 800 with a thrilling second-place finish in his first race. Hamilton Parker blasted the 5th grade class record as well as the meet record with his 31′ 8″ throw.

OLS Track involved in the closest team battle in history of OLS meet!

In the 21 years of the OLS Invitational, there have a been a few close team scores that have been decided in the final relays. This year, after all events have been counted, Saint John the Apostle totaled 122.5 points, while Saint Cassian and OLS scored 120 points. A recount is underway. There were 15 schools involved.

Jared Edwards opened with a solid 1,600 meters win in the Boys 7th & 8th grade race and he was joined by Sergio Marian in fourth. Emma Torres continued her winning streak in the girls 5th & 6th race. The streak is now entering its second year. The 3rd & 4th graders continued the scoring, with Fionn Tynan’s 3rd and Christopher Schmidt’s 4th, and Maudie Grace Lomuscio placed 2nd in the girls’ race.

Oliver Karbonik was edged out in a thrilling 7th & 8th grades 800 race, but Will Spreeman dominated the 5th & 6th race in his first win. In the girls’ race, Alyma Karbpownik and Caroline Schmidt placed second and fourth. Joseph Schmidt and Isabel Sabnakar both placed third in the their 3rd & 4th races.

OLS had few competitors in the 400 meters, but Maxwell Ince ran a solid third in the 5th & 6th Grades race, as did Halle Jules in the girls’ race. Kyle Dixon was third in the Boys 3rd & 4th race. Then, in the 200 races, Oliver Karbownik took fourth in the 7th  & 8th grades race. Alyma Karbownik was the leader in the girls’ 5th & 6th. Finally, in the 100, LaSata Jones scored fifth in the 7th & 8th grades race.

Lori Kola and Zenya Stewart-Mitchell scored one-two in the 3rd & 4th Shot, while Brendan McKeon grabbed first in the boys’ division. Then Stephanie James placed fourth in the 5th & 6th division, while Parker Hamilton took the boys’ crown. OLS feasted on the TurboJav, with Parker scoring a second win in the Boys 5th & 6th division and Emma Torres placing third in the girls’ division. Kyle Dixon took secondin the 3rd & 4th, but the biggest surprise came when Lori Kola, Isabel Sabnekar, and Maudie Grace Lomuscio placed second, third and fourth in the girls’ competition.

There were other competitors for OLS, particularly in the relays. Alfonso and Rafael Dunmeyer, Bela Borde, Zayda Gordon, Lea Adams, Molly Donohue, Peter Dio, Mary Kola, Edlaine and Wadner Luberisse, Declan Tynan, Olivia Ince, Kennedy Moore, Sabina Meister, Sam O’Hara and Aryan Sabnekar all made important contributions.