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Warrior Track And Field: State Championship, Qualify For Meet Of Champions

Franklin’s Jasmine Jackson (No. 2) led off for the girls in the 4×400 relay May 31 during the NJSIAA Group Championships.

May 31 and June 1 were big days for Franklin High School track and field: the boys’ team narrowly won the Group IV state championship, while a number of athletes from the boys’ and girls’ teams qualified for the upcoming Meet of Champions.

The boys’ team knocked off defending Princeton, 44-43, to capture its second Group IV state championship in three years.

Additionally, 26 Warriors qualified for the Meet of Champions in various events. The Meet of Champions is set for June 8 at Northern Burlington County Regional High School in Columbus.

Senior Mario Heslop led the way in the boys’ group championship, winning in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes. Heslop is the Number 1 seed in the Meet of Champions in the 400-Meter Dash.

The boys’ 4×400 meter relay team also finished in the medals, coming in third with a time of 3:18.28.

The following athletes qualified for the Meet of Champions. After their name is their seed and their qualifying time or distance:

  • Boys’ 400-Meter hurdles: Daniel Akande; #18; 55.55
  • Girls’ 400-Meter Hurdles: Gabrielle Davis; #13; 1:03.07
  • Boys’ 100-Meter Dash: Mario Heslop; #2; 10:56
  • Girls’ 100-Meter Dash: Zania May; #16; 12.43
  • Boys’ 110-Meter Hurdles: Kumi Osei; #15; 14.61
  • Girls’ 4×100 Relay: Mariy Davis, Zania May, Gabrielle Davis, Rebecca Akande, Vera Cruz, Ali Fofanahi, Emily Van Ness; #9; 48.46
  • Boys’ 400-Meter Dash: Mario Heslop; #1; 47.12
  • Girls’ 400-Meter Dash: Rebecca Akande; #27; 57.53
  • Boys’ 200-Meter Dash: Mario Heslop; #5; 21.45
  • Girls’ 200-Meter Dash: Zania May; #27; 25.33
  • Boys’ 4×400 Relay: Mario Heslop, Dan Akande, Brian Nicholas, Anthony Reeves, Malcolm Martin, Richardson, Chris Hill, Al Garcia; #5; 3:18.28
  • Girls’ 4×400 Relay: Vera Cruz, B. Assoumany, Jordan Wright, Rebecca Akande, Jasmine Jackson, Gabrielle Davis, Ogungbesan, Zania May; #11; 3:54.59
  • Boys’ Long Jump: Joshua McDonald; #23; 21-7.5
  • Boys’ High Jump: Asare Bampoe-Parry; #18; 6-2
  • Boys’ Shot Put: Jordan Leake; #20; 51-1.5

The boys’ team is led by coach Dashaun Gourdine, the girls’ are led by coach Jason Yanchuck.

Following are some scenes from Day 1 of the championships:

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