Jaguars’ boys finish third at Shore Conference meet


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By Wayne Witkowski

Ryan Rafferty, Dan Kaba and Jonathan Brust turned in solid second-place finishes to propel Jackson Memorial High School’s boys indoor track and field team to a third-place showing in the team standings at the Shore Conference championships at the John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex in Toms River Jan. 27.

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Rafferty, one of the leading runners at 1,600 meters heading into the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV and Group IV meets, was timed in 4:21.21. Kaba turned in a time of 7.81 in the 55-meter hurdles and also ran on the 4×400 relay team that was third in 3:34.96. Brendan Sweet and Tyler Towns ran the first two legs and Daniel Kallett was the anchor. Brust cleared 12-6 in the pole vault, tying the high for the day.

For Jackson Memorial’s girls, Kaitlin O’Brien was sixth in the 3,200 meters in 11:43.09.

Jackson Liberty High School’s girls again got a strong showing in the shot put from Danielle Notarfancesco, who had the second-best throw at 41-7¾. Teammate Sophia Bartolini was fourth with a throw of 38-1¾.

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