Track & field: CBA's Falkowski wows, Huisman sets record at Non-Public championships (2024)

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP -- In the moments before he crossed the finish line in the final lap, Christian Brothers Academy senior Jack Falkowski knew he had the win in hand. And so he lifted his arm high with two fingers as he crossed the finish line as the exclamation mark on his victory.

"Just hold on until the last 100 (meters) because If I'm with anyone in that last 100, I think I can beat them," said Falkowski. "My mindset was just to get to that 1500-meter mark. I knew once I came around the turn that I was gonna have enough."

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Falkowski was the NJSIAA Non-Public A champion in both the boys 800 meters, which he won on Friday, and the 1600. He posted an eye-opening time of 4:09.99 in the latter event on Saturday as CBA took three of the top four spots with Connor Clifford in second and Joe Barrett in fourth. In the 800, Falkowski clocked 1:53.16.

As a team, the Colts were neck-and-neck with Union Catholic for the duration at Stockton University. But ultimately, CBA came up a bit short of a team state title as Union Catholic prevailed by a 114-99 count.

Falkowski was the lone winner for the Colts on Saturday. It was an impressive performance for the senior after missing indoor track season due to injury.

"I knew it was gonna be a slow start this season," said Falkowski. "So I was just staying patient with the races I was in. Learning how to race again and learning how to figure out these different situations. Coming into June, I think this is the best I've ever peaked for any season. So I think my training is going really well, I'm just excited for these next couple races next week."

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Falkowski will compete in the Meet of Champions on Wednesday. In the fall, he'll continue his athletic career at Furman University.

"You just have to stay consistent with the training you do in the weeks leading up to these big races," said Falkowski. "It's easy to think that you're maybe a little overtrained or you're feeling a little tired, but it's all worth it in the end."

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Huisman sets meet record in shot put

Coming into Saturday's events, the question was not whether St. Rose senior thrower Josh Huisman would take first in the Non-Public B for shot put, it was how much he would win by. He ultimately set a Non-Public B meet record with a first-place throw of 64-9.25, but that wasn't up to his sky high expectations.

"Overall, I'm not like super thrilled with the distance I threw," said Huisman. "But I think I did the job and got the points for the team. At the end of the day it's a win, so I'm happy about that."

The throw was a bit off his best set earlier this season at 67-7, a St. Rose school record. He was pleased his team had a pair of juniors take third and fourth place as Josh Seib had a mark of 55-3.5 and John LaTesta got to 49-7.

"It is an individualized sport, but having a team like St. Rose really helps," said Huisman. "We had throwers go 3-4, so that's pretty rare. It's pretty cool."

Huisman, who placed second in Friday's discus with a mark of 173-10, will continue his career in the Big Ten at Michigan, where anticipates potentially adding the hammer throw, an event not done at the high school level in New Jersey.

"In college the shot gets heavier, so it's going to be a challenge," said Huisman. "Michigan, they have some pretty great throwers. They just got done competing at the NCAA championships. That'd be cool, just to have that awesome training group filled with wisdom."

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Big showing for St. John Vianney's Scott

St. John Vianney's versatile hurdler Alexandria Scott won the Non-Public A girls 400 hurdles on Friday, her second consecutive state title, with a time of 1:00.57.

"I was just coming to get the win and keep my title from last year. And just to prepare myself going into Meet of Champions," said Scott. "I'm very excited to run against competition where I'll be able push myself more and run with very good competitors."

On Saturday Scott clocked 15.26 seconds in the Non-Public A 100 hurdles, good for second place.

"My main goal was the 100 hurdles. Just to get a good time and qualify for that event," said Scott. "I felt very good about that. The time definitely could've been closer to my PR (14.97), but definitely with the wind and the circ*mstances today I'm still proud of myself."

After the Meet of Champions Scott will continue her track career at UMass.

"In college I'll be focusing on the 400 hurdles, but I have picked up the short hurdles this last year," said Scott. "I'm excited to bring that to college with me and see what I can do in the 60 meter hurdles as well as the 400."

Ranney, RBC surprise with first-place finishes

The unsung star of the meet was undoubtedly Priscilla Michel of Ranney. The senior had already taken an individual Non-Public B state title in the girls long jump on Friday (17-1), and became a two event champion on Saturday as she took first in the triple jump with a mark of 34-8.5. Michel also took fourth in the 100 dash on Friday.

Red Bank Catholic also took first place in Non-Public A girls 4x800 meter relay, winning the event comfortable with a time of 9:35.27 thanks to the efforts of Ava Bataglio, Charlotte Heaton, Grace Heaton and Rhiannon Hill.

Track & field: CBA's Falkowski wows, Huisman sets record at Non-Public championships (2024)
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