Sophomore Anna Contini came into the SEC Championships knowing she was going to be very busy racing in four events and what turned out to be five races. She more than rose to the occasion, coming home with two gold medals, two silver medals, three PRs and a part of the school 4 x 400 relay record. Contini opened her day with a PR 13.02 in the 100 meter dash trials, then lowered it to 12.82 in the finals and claimed 2nd place. She then moved onto the 400 meters and powered her way to another PR 59.64 and another silver medal. In her third event, she claimed gold with a PR 26.66 in the 200 meter dash. In the final track event of the day, she stuck gold again and helped break the Nutley school record in the 4 x 400 relay anchoring the team with a 60.5 split. She teamed with her older sister Kate(60.8), Mia Eltzholtz(64.9) and Ava Tucker(60.8) to cross the line in 4:07.33 to claim gold and the school record.
The Raiders scored in all areas on their way to a 95 point team showing. In the sprints, the Raiders saw Kate Contini finish 5th in the 400 meters with a 1:01.25 PR, as well as Ava Tucker who scored with a 6th place finish in a 1:01.79 PR. Kaitlyn Gavidia was a double medalist finishing 4th in the 400 hurdles with a 1:16.49 and then came back with a PR 18.35 to claim the 6th place medal in the 100 meter hurdles. Shannon Granelli raced to a PR 18.17 in the 100 meter hurdles to claim the 5th place medal. Sabrina Kuo raced to a PR in the 100 meter hurdles with a 18.98 in the finals and just missed scoring.
The distance crew was lead by double medalists Tiffany Miruelo and Isabel Lopez. Miruelo raced to two PRs in the 1600 meters(5:38.27) to finish 2nd, then came back and dropped a PR 2:37.84 in the 800 meters to finish 4th. Lopez also dropped two PRs in her races and in the process claimed a pair of 4th place finishes. She finished 5th in the 1600 with a 5:54.90 PR and then came back and ran a 12:52.76 in the 3200 meters. Isabel Bernardo clocked a 14:27.74 to claim the 6th place medal in the 3200 meters.
In the jumps and vault, the Raiders saw sophomore Molly Herschell clear 6-0 in the pole vault to claim the silver medal. Sarah Cortese cleared 4-2 in the high jump to claim 5th place, while Abby Groeling, battling through injuries, also cleared 4-2 and claimed 6th.
In the throws the Raiders were lead by Danielle Lohf who uncorked a 109-1 throw to claim the title. Rachel Caruso tossed the spear 87-2 to claim 4th, while Maia Marucci threw 84-6 for 5th. Emily McIntyre flipped the platter out to 87-1 to claim 6th place.
Next up for the Raiders will be the Essex County Track and Field Championships on Thursday and Friday at West Orange HS.