2007-06-21 / Sports

Monmouth relay team earns All-American status

Rumson-Fair Haven's 4x400 relay team (l-r) of Jaime Carroll, Melissa Bellin, Sara Robinson and Gabriella Kelly, finished ninth at the Nike Outdoor Nationals held in Greensboro, N.C.Rumson-Fair Haven's 4x400 relay team (l-r) of Jaime Carroll, Melissa Bellin, Sara Robinson and Gabriella Kelly, finished ninth at the Nike Outdoor Nationals held in Greensboro, N.C. Monmouth Regional's 4x400 relay team was not going to go out with a whimper.

After a disqualification at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions, the quartet of Kelly Fisher, Chris Cox, Rashon Verrett and Charles Cox teamed up one last time and made it a memorable finale. They reaffirmed that they are the best relay team in Shore Conference history by bettering their old record Saturday at the Nike Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, N.C. The Golden Falcons blasted a 3:14.07 to finish second and earn All-American honors, matching their indoor AA recognition. It helped take the sting from the disqualification at the MOC and removed any lingering doubts that they weren't the best team in New Jersey in 2007.

It was a record-setting year for Rumson-Fair Haven's girls 4x400 team. Melissa Bellin, Gabriella Kelly, Jamie Carroll and Sara Robinson continually lowered their school record during the recent season, getting it to 3:51.91.

At the NON, the Bulldog quartet didn't break their record but their 3:52.04 put them among the best teams in the country. They finished ninth.

Unlike the Golden Falcon team made up of seniors and running together for the last time, Robinson is the only 12th-grader among the Rumson quartet. The Bulldogs figure to be back at the NON next June looking for a sub-3:50 mark.

Red Bank Catholic's quartet of Janine Louie, Katie Andree, Michelle Savarese and Erin Lunny were eighth in the girls distance medley relay, teaming up for a 12:52.39. Lunny is the only senior in this group.

In the girls 4x800 relay, Rumson's Madeline Shebell, Samantha O'Brien, Hannah Satske and Carroll turned in a 9:34.97. RBC's Lunny, Louie, Katie Rochford and Andree clocked 9:36.30.

With a throw of 170-3, Ocean Township's Dan Hitman was 18th in the boys javelin.

The Spartans' Georgina Nembhard was 16th in the girls 100 hurdles (15.30), and her 12.16 in the 100 was 19th.

- Tim Morris

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