Spring Track

Spring Track Schedule, 2018

Boys Spring Track: 2015 NJSIAA Sectional Champions!!!

Learn Track and Field Technique

Olcott Field at Bernards High School, site of the 2015 NJSIAA North II, Groups 1 and 2 Sectional Championships

Bernards High School

Some stars from the recent past:

2xMeet of Champs winner, 10xState Champion,
County, Conference Champion,
 Dana Giordano ('12)

County, Conference,  and Sectional Champion  
Chris Sisto ('14)
 Conference, Sectional, and State Champion and All-American
Laura Quintana ('13)

Meet of Champions winner, Conference, County, Sectional and State Champion
Catherine Shih ('11)

County, Conference, Sectional, State Champion and All-American
Kristin Smoot ('10).
County, Conference, Sectional and State Champion 
Melanie Macchiaverna ('13)
 County, Conference, and Sectional Champion 
Victor Gonzalez ('14)

Head Girls Coach: Dave Szostak
Head Boys Coach: Dave Carmon
Assistant Coach: Luke LaChac
Assistant Coach: Matt Pfingst
Assistant Coach: Kristen Bradley

Bernards has a Boys and Girls Spring Track program.

Clearance: You must be cleared by the school in order to participate in Spring Track.  Please see the school website (click HERE) to find out more information on how to get cleared.  Please take care of this well in advance of the season so you can begin on the first day.

Standard Events contested:
  • Sprints and Hurdles: 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x400m Relay, 100m Hurdles (girls), 110m hurdles (boys), 400m hurdles
    • Other sprint and hurdle events sometimes contested: 4x100m relay, 4x200m relay, Sprint Medley Relay (200-200-400-800), Super Sprint Medley Relay (100-100-200-400), Shuttle Hurdle Relay, 3x400 hurdle relay (3 team members run together and times are aggregated).
  • Distance: 800m, 1600m, 3200m
    • Other distance events sometimes contested: 4x800m Relay, Distance Medley Relay (1200-400-800-1600), 1 mile, 2 mile
  • Field Events: Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Pole Vault
    • Other field events sometimes contested: 2 or 3 person field event relays, where each team member competes separately and their best performances are aggregated
Practice: we usually practice starting the first Friday in March until the season ends in early June.  Typically, we practice Monday-Friday from 3 until about 5pm.  On Saturdays we don't have meets or during breaks, we will typically practice in the morning, usually at 9am.  We will practice outside on the track and indoors if conditions warrant.  In the early season, expect cold weather and dress accordingly.

Transportation: bus transportation will be provided for all meets.  You are expected to ride the bus to and from every meet.  In certain circumstances, you may be allowed to ride home from meets with YOUR OWN PARENT (never with anyone other than your own parent, however).  Athletes are expected to remain at all Championship Meets (see below) until their conclusion.  You are responsible for transportation to and from school for all practices at BHS.  Athletes should have rides ready to pick them up at BHS after meets when the bus arrives back at school, particularly late at night.

Gear needed:
  • A new pair of running shoes at the beginning of the season.
  • Track Spikes (if a runner): rubber bottom spikes or hard plastic bottom spikes are allowed at most facilities.
  • Warm Sweats for practice in early season
  • Winter hat, gloves for early season
  • Water bottle
  • Running shorts, tops, socks, etc.
  • Team uniforms provided by the school and must be returned at the end of the season.
  • Recommended that you visit a running specialty shop to get properly fitted for running shoes and spikes.  Local shops include
Season: the season lasts from the first Friday in March until the last meet of the year (usually the NJSIAA State Meet of Champions in early June).  Everyone is required to practice through at least the NJSIAA Sectional Championships (usually Memorial Day Weekend, Friday and Saturday)--after that, your season will continue as long as you qualify for the next level.  There are meets and practices during the Spring break and Memorial Day weekend so plan on being available for those dates.

Meets: there are 4 different types of meets we will attend.  Schedule will be available at the beginning of each season.  Meets are at outdoor facilities, where tracks are 400m long.
  • Dual Meets: these are shorter meets, usually 2 hours long, against one or two other teams.  These are scored on a 5-3-1 basis for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and the team with the most points wins.  Typically almost everyone will have an opportunity to compete in dual meets. Dual meets decide the division championship.  Usually held in April and early May, typically 4 per season.  Some of these will be at our home track.
    • Standard Order of Running Events in a Dual Meet:
      • 400H, 100, 1600, 400, 110/100 Hurdles, 800, 200, 3200, 4x400
    • Field Events in a Dual Meet:
      • Shot, Disc, Jav, Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Pole Vault
  • Invitationals:  these are large meets comprising of individual events and a few relays.  Can last anywhere from 4-6 hours, depending on the meet.  Could be anywhere from 10-30 teams competing.  Sometimes team scores are kept at these meets.  Medals are usually awarded for top individual finishers in each event.  Sometimes there are JV, Novice, or class races (usually freshmen or sophomore races), in addition to Varsity divisions.
  • Relay Meets: these are like invitationals in that they are large and medals are awarded for top finishers.  All events at these meets are relays, so it is imperative that everyone is present who is in the lineup (if one person is absent, the team cannot run).  Typical events for these meets are the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400, 4x800, Sprint Medley, Distance Medley, Shuttle Hurdles, and field event relays.  Running relays have 4 team members and field relays have 2 or 3 team members whose performances are added together.
  • Championship Meets: these are the meets that decide the County, Conference, and State Championships.  
    • County Relays: usually held on a Saturday in April at Ridge High School.  All the teams in our county can enter, public and private.  Relay events only, and team scores are kept to decide the County Relay Championship.  Awards will be given to top finishers.  Some novice events are contested.  Usually lasts 4-5 hours.
    • County Championships: usually held over in mid-May at Hillsborough High School.  All 16 standard events are contested.  Team scoring is in effect.  All the teams in Somerset County compete, public and private. Usually lasts 4-5 hours.
    • Skyland Conference Relays: usually held on a Saturday in April at either Ridge or Hunterdon Central.  All the teams in our conference can enter, public and private.  Relay events only, and team scores are kept to decide the Conference Relay Championship.  Awards will be given to top finishers.  Some novice events are contested. Usually lasts 5-6 hours.
    • Skyland Conference Championships.  usually held in early May at Hillsborough High School.  All 16 standard events are contested, and team scores are kept.  Conference Championship decided.  All the teams in the Skyland Conference compete (Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren counties included, public and private).  Usually lasts 5-6 hours.
    • NJSIAA Sectional Championships: usually held Memorial Day weekend (Friday and Saturday).  All 16 standard events are contested plus the 4x100 and 4x800, and team scores are kept.  Teams consist of public schools our size from our area of North Jersey.  Must place in the top 6 in your event to medal and advance to State Group Championships.  Team Sectional Championship decided at this meet.  Usually lasts 4-5 hours each day.
    • NJSIAA State Group Championships: usually held the weekend after Memorial Day (Friday and Saturday), either at South Plainfield or Egg Harbor.  Must qualify from Sectional meet. Team scoring is in effect.  Teams consist of public schools our size from the whole state.  Must place in the top 6 in the Group or receive a Wild Card to advance to State Meet of Champions.  Team State Championship is decided at this meet. Usually lasts 4-5 hours each day.
    • NJSIAA State Meet of Champions: usually the Wednesday following Groups, usually at South Plainfield.  Must qualify from Group meet either by placing top 6 or earning a Wild Card.  No team scoring is in effect.  Teams consist of schools of all size, public and private.  Must place in the top 8 individually to medal. Usually lasts 4-5 hours.
    • New Balance Outdoor Nationals: usually held mid June at North Carolina A+T University in Greensboro, NC.  Click HERE for more details.
Team Scoring Rules
  • Championship Meets: 1st place: 10 points, 2nd: 8 points, 3rd: 6 points, 4th: 4 points, 5th: 2 points, 6th: 1 point.  
  • Dual Meets: 1st place: 5 points, 2nd: 3 points, 3rd: 1 point.  Only winner of the 4x400 relay earns points in a dual meet.
    • Team with highest total wins.  
    • Ties will split the points between the places received (for instance, a tie for 2nd will split 8+6=14 points, or 7 points each).  
  • NJSIAA: North 2, Group 2
  • Skyland Conference, Valley Division
  • Somerset County
5x Sectional Champion Cooper Rudin ('13)

County, Conference, Sectional Champion and All-American 
Zoe Wojtech ('13)