first_imgWinter is tough on throwers in track and field.Naturally, the discus and javelin are out. There are many days when throwing outdoors is impossible, and add to that, there are limited competitions. Howell High School track and field parents helped alleviate that problem this winter by hosting a series of weekly shot put meets on Wednesdays that culminated with the 2006 Rebels Indoor Shot Put Championship on Feb. 8. One-hundred boys and girls participated in the final, with the competition divided up by class. Competitors came from as far south as Cherokee and as far north as Johnson Regional. Howell’s Anna DiPaolo gave the hosts a winner. DiPaolo captured the Junior Girls with a throw of 35-0 1/2. Teammate Brittany Napoli was fourth (31-6 1/2), and the Rebels’ Lasha Carey was eighth (27-9 1/2). Brick’s Leah Schnefer (32-10) and Lacey’s Jackie Berthelsen (32-0 1/2) were second and third. Two boys topped 50 feet in the final led by Raritan’s Rick Jaeger, who won the Senior Boys with the best throw of the day, 50-11. Shane Kadlac, of Toms River East, (43-4), and Ryan Norton, of Lacey, (42-9 1/2), were second and third behind the 2006 Monmouth County champion. Junior Boys winner Oliver Haney, of Johnson Regional, reached 50-4. His teammate Tom Tavalaro was second (44-6), and Howell’s John Grinnell was third (43-10). Ryan Campbell gave Raritan a pair of winners as he captured the Sophomore Boys competition with a 34-5 effort. Close behind in second was Matt Reed, of Cherokee, (34-0 1/2). Raritan’s Dan Benfer was third (33-11 3/4), with Howell’s Kevin Donahue seventh (25-1 1/2). Toms River East swept the top three places in the Freshman Boys division led by winner Mike Henry (36-3 3/4). Raider teammates Richard Grieson (34-4) and Tim Piano (33-8 1/2) were second and third. Raritan’s Devin Fitzpatrick was fourth (31-6 3/4). Lawrence’s Janelle Fuller took the Senior Girls with the best throw of the competition, 37-4. Her teammate Elise Perkins was second (35-4 1/2), and Lacey’s Jennifer Alksmant was third (33-11). Raritan’s Ashley Gallo, who won the Monmouth County title this year, was eighth (30-3 1/2). Plainfield’s Ameika Stewart was first in the Sophomore Girls competition with a 31-1. Johnson’s Brittany Dolan was second (30-0 1/2), and Howell’s Iavana Parker was third (29-9). Shannon Boyce (28-9) and Val Carney (28-1), both from Raritan, were seventh and eighth. Brick Township’s girls swept the Freshman Girls division. Lisa Stuto took first with a throw of 33-11, with teammates Becky Elliot (29-4 1/2) taking second and Bianca Mandracchia taking third (26-10 1/4). For good measure, the Green Dragons Melanie Jacobs was fourth (26-10 1/4). — Tim Morrislast_img read more

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