WINTER TRACK BASICS
Head Coach: Matt Pfingst
Assistant Coach: Luke LaChac
Assistant Coach: Alyssa Maestas
Bernards has a Boys and Girls Winter Track program.
Clearance: You must be cleared by the school in order to participate in Winter 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: 55m, 400m, 4x400m Relay, 55m Hurdles
- Other sprint and hurdle events sometimes contested: 200m, 300m, 600m, 4x200m Relay, Sprint Medley Relay (400-200-200-800), Shuttle Hurdle Relay
- Distance: 800m, 1600m, 3200m
- Other distance events sometimes contested: 600m, 1000m, 4x800m Relay, Distance Medley Relay (1200-400-800-1600), 1 mile, 2 mile
- Field Events: Shot Put, High Jump, Pole Vault
- Other field events sometimes contested: Long Jump, Triple Jump, Weight Throw, Shot Put Relay, High Jump Relay, Pole Vault Relay
Practice: we usually practice starting the first Monday after Thanksgiving until the season ends in late February. Typically, we practice Monday-Friday from 3 until about 4:30. We will practice outside as conditions allowed--cold is generally not something that prevents us from training outside, so dress accordingly. If there is snow and it is dangerous to run outside, we will practice in the hallways of the school.
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.
- A new pair of running shoes at the beginning of the season.
- Track Spikes (if a runner): rubber bottom spikes recommended, although hard plastic bottom spikes are allowed at some facilities.
- Warm Sweats for practice: long sleeves and long pants required.
- Winter hat, gloves are a must
- 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 Monday after Thanksgiving until the last meet of the year (usually the NJSIAA State Meet of Champions or Easterns, depending on the year). Everyone is required to practice through at least the NJSIAA Sectional Championships--after that, your season will continue as long as you qualify for the next level. There are meets and practices during the December break, MLK weekend, Super Bowl weekend and Presidents Day weekend, so plan on being available for those dates.
Meets: there are 3 different types of meets we will attend. Schedule will be available at the beginning of each season, but you need to be flexible because postponements due to snow are frequent. Meets are at indoor facilities, where tracks are usually 200m long.
- Invitationals: these are large meets comprising of individual events and a few relays. Typically held at the NY Armory or Drew University. Can last anywhere from 3-12 hours, depending on the meet. Could be anywhere from 20-100 teams entered. There is usually no score kept at these meets, only individual performances are compiled. 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 (20-100 teams), no team score is kept (except at the NJSIAA State Relays), 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 4x200, 4x400, 4x800, Sprint Medley, Distance Medley, Shuttle Hurdles, Shot Put relay, Pole Vault relay, and High Jump relay. Running relays have 4 team members and field relays have 2 team members whose performances are added together.
- Championship Meets: these are the meets that decide the County, Conference, and State Championships.
- County Championships: usually held over December break at Lehigh University. All 10 standard events are contested, plus a few novice events. Team scoring is in effect. All the teams in Somerset County compete, public and private.
- NJSIAA State Relay Championships: usually held in mid January at Toms River Bennett Center. All 9 standard relay events (see "Relay Meets" above), and we are going against the public schools of our size from around the whole state. Team scores are kept and a State Relay Championship is awarded. Usually lasts 5-6 hours.
- Skyland Conference Championships. usually held in late January at Lehigh University. All 10 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). No novice events, usually. Usually lasts 3-4 hours.
- NJSIAA Sectional Championships: usually held in early February at Toms River Bennett Center. All 10 standard events are contested, and team scores are kept. Teams consist of public schools our size from our area of North Jersey. No novice events. 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 3-4 hours.
- NJSIAA State Group Championships: usually held in mid-February at the Toms River Bennett Center, often on Presidents Day weekend. 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 3-4 hours.
- NJSIAA State Meet of Champions: usually held in late February at the Toms River Bennett Center, typically on a Saturday. Must qualify from Group meet. 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. Boys and girls run separately on the same day, each meet lasting about 2 hours.
- Easterns: usually held in late February or early March on a weekday. Must qualify on a time or distance basis. Medals awarded, no team scores kept.
- New Balance Indoor Nationals: usually held in mid March at the NYC Armory. Must qualify on a time or distance basis. Medals awarded, no team scores kept. Click HERE for more details.
Team Scoring Rules
- 1st place: 10 points, 2nd: 8 points, 3rd: 6 points, 4th: 4 points, 5th: 2 points, 6th: 1 point.
- Team with highest total wins championships.
- 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
- Somerset County
Bernards Girls Winter Track:
State Record 8 Consecutive Sectional Championships!!!
The Bennett Center in Toms River is the site of the NJSIAA State Meets.
Toms River Bennett Center (aka: "The Bubble"): Site of the NJSIAA State Sectional, Group, Relay, and Meet of Champions.