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Our spring preseason previews are sponsored by the Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey, your sports medicine resource in Morris-Sussex with locations conveniently located in Cedar Knolls, Roxbury, Newton, Hackettstown and Sparta. OINJ also has urgent care hours on weeknights till 8pm and weekends from 8am to noon to care for athletes who suffer sports related injuries. If you need to see an orthopedic specialist, OINJ is your place!

Team: Kinnelon Boys Track and Field

Coach: Joe Lee, Laura Chegwidden-Jacobs, Kevin White, Dylan McMurrer, Rebecca Baskinger

Season’s with the Team: Joe Lee 2nd season as head coach

2019 Record: 2-1

Anticipated Varsity Players: Jabez Thomas , Cash Davis, Tyler Zarpaylic, Troy McDonald,

Players on the Rise: Eli Gately

Coach’s Outlook: With less than a week of practice it has been hard to see exactly where the newcomers are at. We came into the season with a lot of promise though, we had a strong underclassmen group who are continuing to develop and progress. We had hopes to be competitive at the conference, and state sectional level. Jabez Thomas a senior was looking to repeat his section championship in the triple jump and he was looking to take long jump this year as well. Our throwers were young last year and were coming with a lot of promise this year, Tyler Zarpaylic, Cash Davis, Thomas Tarabokija, Trey McDonald,Nick Gilhooley, and Matt Smith. Our distance guys are young and they keep improving some promising guys on the distance side that have been running year round are Eli Gately, Braeden Carroll, Ryan Hur, Matt Mazurkiewicz, and Andew Garcia. Tim Donohue, along with some of the other sprinters were looking to be competitive this season as well. This year we came into the spring with a lot of hope, promise and excitement to see what this Boys team could do.

Team: Kinnelon Girls Track and Field

Coach: Laura Chegwidden-Jacobs, Joe Lee, Kevin White, Dylan McMurrer, Rebecca Baskinger

Season’s with the Team: Laura Chegwidden-Jacobs – 6th spring season as the head coach

2019 Record: 4-0

Anticipated Varsity Players: Ally Martini, Tara Levine, Kaylene Munem, Julia Caci, Caroline Tighe, Alicja Marut,

Players on the Rise: Rebecca Guetzov, Morgan Donus, Cristina Nascimento, Chiara Lucas

Coach’s Outlook: After coming off an amazing season last year winning the Liberty Conference, Small School County Relays, Ranger Relays, Randolph Relays, North 1 Group 1 State Sectional Title (many individual Sectional winners in their respective events), and Kat Brown winning -Group 1 State Champion in the Long Jump, and she also qualified for MOCs in Long and Triple Jump and she placed in Triple Jump at MOCs. We have graduated a lot of key seniors Kat Brown, Emma Kline, Jackie Thompson,and Angelina Tarabokija. We looked at this upcoming season as a rebuilding year but also a year if everything went as planned, we could make a run at the section championship again. We are strongest in our jumps, and hurdles. If could capitalize on those events and have some key people step up in the distance, sprints, and throws we could make another run. We were looking to win the Liberty Conference again, be competitive at the NJAC, county, and state meet again. Really hoping we can at least get part of the season completed for our seniors and seniors everywhere.


George Muha has been covering high school sports since 2006. He feels high school scholar-athletes are the most important part of the community and highlighting their achievements on the field, in the classroom and within the community is his personal mission.

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