Cougar Girl’s, Boy’s Track and Field Teams Show Out at Polar Bear Track Meet on Saturday


Chatham, NJ–It was another successful day for the Chatham Cougars Track & Field Girl’s and Boy’s teams at the a.m. session of the Morris County Track Coaches Association (MCTCA) Polar Bear Invitational event Saturday at Cougar Field, highlighted by impressive performances from Lauren ClarkSophia LallyJessica Vespasiano, and Charles Henne, among others. 

Chatham Boy’s 4×400 Second-Place Relay team: from left to right Joel, Henne, Davenport, and Bryne.

A pint-sized senior running force, Clark took first place in the 55-meter high hurdles race with a personal-best of 8.63 and claimed third in the 200-meter event with a 27.38 clip. 

But Lally, another senior, blazed a path to first-place glory in the 200-meter event with a time of 26.19. 

Vespasiano came in second in the 400-meter run. Plus, she claimed the third spot as part of the 4×400-meter relay squad–along with Karen CashelMaya Lee, and Alexa Lee–with a time of 4:23.97. 

Additionally, Cashel came in sixth place in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:05.95. 

Alexa Lee also had a nice fourth-place showing in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:34.58. 

Henne placed third in the 400-meter run in 52.74, finished in fourth in the 200-meter race (24.15), and was part of the 4×400 second-place relay team with Ted JoelReilly Bryne, and Jack Davenport (3:41.44). 

Joel came in fifth place in the 400-meter race with a 55.13 time while tying for sixth in the 200-meter race with teammate Davenport with a 24.24 finish. 

Jacob Hodapp came in third in the 55-meter HH race with a time of 9.60. 

— Jerry Del Priore 

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