2012-03-01 / Sports

Bombers’ Hartsfield a close second in MOC 55 dash

BYWARREN RAPPLEYEA
Correspondent

Sayreville War Memorial High School senior Amari Hartsfield completed the winter track season with her second successive second-place finish at the NJSIAA Indoor Meet of Champions on Saturday at the John Bennett Indoor Complex in Toms River.

Hartsfield, seeded fourth in the 55-meer dash, finished right behind the champion, Union Township freshman Haisha Bisiolu, who ran a 7.12. Hartsfield’s 7.14 enabled her to edge out Annie Johnson of Shawnee for second place.

“How close was she to being the fastest female at the Meet of Champions?” Sayreville coach Jerry Carney asked. “Only about two one-hundreths of a second, which equals out to about 6 inches. So she was literally 6 inches away from being the fastest in New Jersey for 55 meters. It was that close.”

Hartsfield said she didn’t get a great start, but nonetheless credited Bisiolu with running an outstanding race.

“She did a great job,” Hartsfield said of Bisiolu. “It’s tough for a freshman to finish first.”

The second-place finish caps a top-notch campaign for Hartsfield. Along the way she won the 55-meter dash at the Varsity Classic at the New YorkArmory. Hartsfield also won the 55 dash at Central Jersey Group IV with a meet record time of 7.13. She took second place in the Greater Middlesex Conference (GMC) Relays in late January, behind North Brunswick’s Kaitlyn Davis, whom Hartsfield edged in Central Group IV. Davis was fourth at the Meet of Champions. The Sayreville runner also finished third at 200 meters in the GMC event.

“Amari’s had a phenomenal season,” the coach said. “She is one of the most consistent runners I’ve ever coached. She did well in all the invitationals and she carried that over into the state competitions. She tends to be the one who usually wins by inches.”

The Sayreville coach also praised senior sprinter Olisa Eze, who is better known for his exploits on the soccer field. Eze, in his first year of winter track, turned in a strong performance at the MOC, downing more than half the field, Carnet said. Eze missed qualifying for the finals by less than one-tenth of a second.

“It’s really amazing that two of the fastest runners in the entire state are here at Sayreville,” Carney said. “Congratulations to both of them.”

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