Group 3 notebook: freshman jumper Barnett secures high jump for Delsea

This is the first year of show jumping for Enrico Barnett.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” said the eldest on the Delsea High men’s track team. “And then I jumped (6-foot-4) when we first met, and I knew I had a chance to do well.”

He did well Friday at the NJSIAA Group 3 Championships at Pennsauken High. Barnett tied his personal best 6-6 to win the high jump.

This is his first state title. He won the section crown last week.

“I’m really excited,” Barnett said.

Triton senior Jarett White finished second. Hamilton West senior Jeremy Ellis came third while West Morris Central senior Sean Davies came fourth. Each erased 6-4.

Delsea sit in first place with 38 points after day one. The host Indians are second with 29 points. Morris Knolls is third with 21 points.

“I didn’t have my best day, but I knew I had to do it for the team,” Barnett said. “I’m thrilled to win a state title in my freshman year of show jumping, and hope to place high next week at the Champions Meet.”

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Delsea’s second state championship was in the 3,200 meter race. Senior Andrew Littlehales finished first in 9:12.75, a top 25 in the state. West Morris Central senior Brandon Chen was second in 9:16.43, also in the top 25 in the state. Middletown North senior Connor Kinch was third (9:28.69). Summit senior Ryan Sula placed fourth (9:29.09).

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Pennsauken saw their 4×100 team take first place. Elijah Jennings, Kahlil Ali, Bronze Whitmore and Premier Wynn won the race with a 42.63. Morris Knolls (Kevin Dolan, Laron Blackwell, Gregory Palma and CJ Moore) placed second (43.38). South Plainfield (Jalen Russell, Jeremy Burrell, Randy Vargas and Joseph Oduro) came third (43.45). Delsea (Christian Langston, Jaedyn Stewart, Xavier Wyatt and Domenic Teti) finished fourth (43.52).

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Neptune (Natalia Bray, Antonia Dunbar, Imani Fitzpatrick and Ahjanae Young) won the 4×100 championship in 48.76. Timber Creek (Billie Frazier, Adiat Olaogun-Dickson, Ryan Jennings and Naylah Jones) placed second (48.91). Teaneck (Asasia Malcolm, Zuri Williamson, Oluwadamilola Adeoti and Deja Young) finished third (49.29). Delsea (Emily Hill, Juline Nwosu, Ava Szwed and Natalia Swanson) came fourth (49.36).

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Morris Knolls second student Luke Schagelin scored a top 25 in the state winning the 800 m in 1:55.60. Chatham junior Ryan Beegle was second in 1:56.22. Millburn senior Zachary Liu-Walter took third in 1:56.63. Chatham junior Charles Henne was fourth (1:56.77).

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Toms River South junior Lily Oliver took the 800m victory with a time of 2:14.89. North Hunterdon senior Alexa LaSasso was second in 2:16.26. Somerville junior Maddie Scheier followed in third place (2:16.51). Chatham junior Elsa Spoor was fourth (2:16.85).

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Pennsauken junior Bryce Tucker edged junior Premier teammate Wynn to win the 400m hurdles, 53.82 to 54.28. For Tucker, it was a top 10 in the state. Randolph senior Frank Zarro came in third (54.73). North Plainfield senior Jason Agyemang took fourth place (56.18).

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Colts Neck junior Kylie Jacoutot posted a state top 10 of 1:02.69 to win the 400 hurdles. Ewing senior Miriam Okwudibonye was a close second (1:02.72), also in the top 10 in the state. Northern Highlands senior Molly Bennett was third (1:05.20) while her sophomore teammate Anna Bryan-Jones was fourth (1:05.61).

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Colts Neck junior Ava Wilmot won gold in the 3200m in 10:55.92. Mendham senior Ava Augustine finished second (11:06.27). Robbinsville sophomore Melina Johnston was third (11:09.67). North Hunterdon sophomore Cassidy Roop placed fourth (11:14.92).

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In the shot put, Mendham eldest Melissa Aymil took the win with a 40-5 shot, a top 10 in the state. Northern Valley-Old Tappan sophomore Layla Giordano was second (39-4½). South Plainfield senior Sydney Loiacono came in third (37-8¼). Hammonton junior Emma Peretti finished fourth (36-11¾).

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Sparta junior Brynn McCurry owned the javelin with a 130-5 throw. Continental senior Camryn Dirkes came second (125-1). Colts Neck senior Katherine Taylor was an inch behind in third (125-0). Northern Valley-Old Tappan junior Mackenzie Ward finished fourth (121-8).

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Teaneck senior Daye Karibi-Whyte reached the top 10 in the state with the disc victory (178-5). Delsea seniors Jason Nwosu (175-6) and Cade Berardelli (158-8) followed. Matawan junior Nikolaus Winzer came in fourth (153-4).

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Hamilton’s senior Mikayla Hall won gold in the long jump with a 17-11 record. Roxbury junior Danielle Meribe clinched second place (17-9). Continental senior Camryn Dirkes finished third (17-3½). Seneca senior Mia Hill placed fourth (17-2½).

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Roxbury senior Alexis Merola cleared an 11-foot top-10 in the state to win the pole vault. Continental senior Eva Morrison finished second (10-6). Moorestown rookie Hannah Byrd-Leitner finished third (10-6). Northern Valley-Old Tappan rookie Jamie Kim finished fourth (10-0).