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  • Writer's pictureDan Russoman

Blue Devil girls run well at Penn Relays


Courtesy photo Hammonton’s 4x400 relay team, Jessica Shinske, Ariadna Martinez-Lopez, Journe Lucas and Kaylie Ranere, ran their fastest time of the season at the Penn Relays on April 29.

PHILADELPHIA—A pair of Hammonton High School girls relay teams performed well at the Penn Relays on April 29, recording some of their top times of the season.


The Blue Devils 4x400 team of Kaylie Ranere, Journe Lucas, Jessica Shinske and Ariadna Martinez-Lopez posted their best mark of the season, finishing with a time of 4:35.12.

In the 4x100 relay, Lasyah Johnson, Rachel Nartey, Ilianna DeJesus and Jenna Thibault finished in 54.76 seconds, their second-best time of the season.


Also for Hammonton, senior Emma Peretti threw the discus. Competing against high school athletes from around the world, Peretti finished 16th overall with a throw of 110-feet, 8-inches.

“Our 4x100 ran the second-best time of the season and our 4x400 team ran their fastest time, so both were great days,” Hammonton coach Michelle Wolosky said.


While those athletes were competing at Penn, at the same time the remainder of Hammonton’s team was at the George Rowland Relays held at Haddon Twp. High School.

The Blue Devils enjoyed a strong performance at that event, placing second as a team in Division 3.


Hammonton swept all three throwing events, winning the discus, javelin and shot put. In addition, the Blue Devils took second place in two events and third in four events, finishing with 11 top-five performances.


“I thought the team did very well overall, placing second in Division 3. We had our 4x400 team at Penn Relays, so we were missing a few girls, but I was proud of how they performed. We won medals in almost every event we competed in. Having the throwers win all three throwing events was awesome and Kiley Kozlowski cleared 4-feet, 10-inches in high jump, which individually is tied for the fifth-best in school history,” Wolosky said.


Peretti’s discus throw of 110-11 was the best of the day and along with Angelina Catania’s throw of 75-5, win the event for the Blue Devils.


In javelin, Hammonton was first behind Juliana Dogostino’s throw of 99-feet, 2-inches and Peretti’s mark of 89-1.


Peretti threw the shot put 35-feet, 4.5-inches and Mitra Sampson threw 29-4 to win the event for Hammonton.


Kozlowski’s mark of 4-feet, 10.5-inches in the high jump helped Hammonton finish second in Division 3. She teamed with Dogostino (4-feet, 2-inches) to win silver.


The Blue Devils were also second in the long jump as Kozlowski posted a mark of 16-feet, 4-inches and DeJesus jumped 13-feet, 6-inches.


Hammonton’s pole vaulters were third, with Danielle Drialo clearing 7-feet and Hannah Salita clearing 6-feet.


Kozlowski and DeJesus were fourth in the triple jump with marks of 27-2 and 26-11, respectively.


On the track, the Blue Devils 4x100 meter relay team of Johnson, Nartey, DeJesus and Thibault was third with a time of 55.49 seconds.


Also finishing second was the 4x200 team of Angelina Coppola, Drialo, Johnson and Kozlowski, who posted a mark of 1:59.20.


Hammonton’s distance medley relay team, Emma Longo, DeJesus, Angelina Cortellessa and Natalie Clauhs was third in 15:45.53.


Finishing fourth in Division 3 was Hammonton’s 4x800 team of Longo, Cortellessa, Catherine Warren and Ilema Sinon, who finished in 12:49.77.


In a regular season dual meet on April 25, Hammonton lost to Mainland 111-29.


In that meet, Peretti won the discus and shot put. In discus, she had a throw of 119-feet, 4-inches and Catania was third at 81-feet, 11-inches. Peretti’s throw of 35-feet, 10-inches won the shot put, with Sampson taking third at 32-feet, 10.25-inches.


Dogostino was second in the javelin (91-9), while Ranere won the 1,600-meter run in 5:37.4 and was second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:33.2.


Lucas placed second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:08.1


On May 3, Hammonton hosts Absegami and Egg Harbor Twp. at 4 p.m.


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