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Donovan Catholic's Alyssa Wilson strikes Meet of Champions gold, again
Going out on top • Recent Donovan Catholic graduate Alyssa Wilson throws the shot June 10 in the NJSIAA Track and Field Meet of Champions at Northern Burlington High School, Columbus. Wilson took first in the shot put and discus with throws of 54-feet, ¼-inch and 168-feet, 1-inch, respectively.  John Blaine photo
Going out on top • Recent Donovan Catholic graduate Alyssa Wilson throws the shot June 10 in the NJSIAA Track and Field Meet of Champions at Northern Burlington High School, Columbus. Wilson took first in the shot put and discus with throws of 54-feet, ¼-inch and 168-feet, 1-inch, respectively.  John Blaine photo
Meet of Champions Results

100 meters: 34th – Zuri Pierce, Trenton Catholic Academy, 11.67; 35th – Jaden Key, Red Bank Catholic, 11.73; 36th – Isaiah McClain, Mater Dei, 11.85

200 meters: 15th – Tim Jacoutot, Christian Brothers Academy, 22.62; 25th – Zuri Pierce, TCA, 23.18

800 meters: 29th – Patrick Osborn, Mater Dei, 2:08.90

1600 meters:  Fifth – Noah Yuro, CBA, 4:14.51; Ninth – Tim McInerney, CBA, 4:17.01; 21st – Drake Anzano, CBA, 4:27.32

3200 meters: Sixth – Brian Hill, CBA, 9:21.98; 25th – John Spinelli, Mater Dei, 9:52.01

110-meter hurdles: 13th – Tim Jacoutot, CBA, 14.71; 29th – Alec Mabie, Notre Dame, 15.71; 34th – Griffin Cole, Mater Dei, 16.25; 35th – Masfort Boima, TCA, 16.38; 36th –  Mohamed Diagouraga, TCA, 16.50

400-meter hurdles: Ninth – Tim Jacoutot, CBA, 53.99; 30th – Ryan Decker, RBC, 58.64; 32nd – Colin Curtin, Holy Cross, 1:00.30

4x100-meter relay: 32nd – TCA (Chiebuka Akpara, Joyner Smith, Axel Watson, Zuri Pierce), 45.07; 33rd – Mater Dei (John Closs, Griffin Cole, Joseph Ramos, Isaiah McClain), 45.44

4x400-meter relay: 25th — CBA (Nick Hanlon, Andrew Canale, Nick Ebert, Kyle Foltz), 3:25.61

4x800-meter relay: 23rd – CBA (Riley Gardner, J.P. Stark, Joe Boyle, Genaro Anzalone), 8:10.42; 34th – Mater Dei (John Spinelli, John Meskin, Justin Vidal, Patrick Osborn), 8:31.56

Long jump: 31st – Mohamed Diagouraga, TCA, 20-3.50; 32nd – Isaiah McClain, Mater Dei, 20-0.50

Triple jump: 22nd – Mohamed Diagouraga, TCA, 43-00.5; 36th – Masfort Boima, TCA, 38-8; 37th – Ray Laux, Mater Dei, 37-10.75

Pole vault: 24th – John Healy, CBA, 12-6

Discus: 24th – Shane Mastro, Mater Dei, 138-8; 31st — Mario Rodriguez, Mater Dei, 113-04

Javelin: 12th – Jack Latosky, CBA, 175-1; 24th – Kyle Foltz, CBA, 160-05; 26th – Johnathan Malone, Holy Cross, 157-11; 31st – Peter Jurlina, St. Rose, 150-11; 36th — Luke Lino, Mater Dei, 144-01; 38th – John Closs, Mater Dei, 126-01

Shot put: Third – Andrew Huisman, St. Rose, 59-9; Seventh – Dan Mead, CBA, 56-5.5; 20th – Shane Mastro, Mater Dei, 52-01; 34th – Nicholas Morse, CBA, 46-11.5

100 wheelchair:  First – Miguel Jimenez-Vergara, ND, 16.97

400 wheelchair: First – Miguel Jimenez-Vergara, ND, 55.21

800 wheelchair: First – Miguel Jimenez-Vergara, ND, 1:53.39

1600 wheelchair: First – Miguel Jimenez-Vergara, ND, 4:01.11

Shot put wheelchair: First – Miguel Jimenez-Vergara, ND, 19-0

Discus wheelchair: First – Miguel Jimenez-Vergara, ND, 52-11

Javelin wheelchair:  First – Miguel Jimenez-Vergara, ND, 53-8


100 meters: Fifth – Katie DiFrancesco, St. John Vianney, 12.44 6

200 meters: Fourth – Katie DiFrancesco, SJV, 24.99

800 meters: 16th – Alexandra Marko, Donovan Catholic, 2:17.89; 28th – Carly Friend, RBC, 2:24.34

1600 meters: 13th – Danielle Hayes, RBC, 5:09.47

3200 meters: 23rd – Caitlin O’Hare, RBC, 11:55.30

100-meter hurdles: 20th – Wisdom Maddox, TCA, 15.70; 31st – Karington Smith, Holy Cross, 16.46; 33rd – Megan Theobald, St. Rose, 17.53

400-meter hurdles: 31st – Jillian Haggerty, St. Rose, 1:07.98

4x400-meter relay: 25th – RBC (Jessie Castellano, Anna Cleary, Jackie Rieger, Catherine Stolbof), 4:00.78

4x800-meter relay: 25th – RBC (Bridget Byrne, Kaitlin Ryan, Danielle Roma, Danielle Hayes), 9:55.70

High jump: 14th – Katie Ullmann, Donovan Catholic, 5-2

Long jump: 28th – Aniya Godfrey, TCA, 16-6

Triple jump: 23rd – Wisdom Maddox, TCA, 32-5.75

Pole vault: Seventh – Haley Horvath, Notre Dame, 12-0

Discus: First – Alyssa Wilson, Donovan Catholic, 168-1 (meet record); 16th – Alexandra Preckajlo, St. Rose, 111-1; 35th – Cassidy Stimpson, Mater Dei, 94-1

Javelin: 23rd –Gina Ciraolo, SJV, 111-1; 35th – Bianna Parise, Holy Cross, 97-7

Shot put: First – Alyssa Wilson, Donovan Catholic, 54-0.25; 20th – Alexandra Preckajlo, St. Rose, 37-7

By Rich Fisher | Correspondent

Only Alyssa Wilson can effectively downplay two gold medals in the NJSIAA Meet of Champions.


Talk to her for five minutes and it’s obvious she is humble about her accomplishments. It’s not that she does not appreciate being the best in New Jersey in shot put and discus – but let’s face it, when you’re the No. 1 Under-20 shot putter in the world, and the No. 1 U-20 female discus thrower and No. 2 U-20 hammer thrower in the nation, there are bigger things out there to get excited about. 

But as crowds gathered to watch the recent Donovan Catholic grad throw at the June 10 MOC at Northern Burlington High School, Columbus, they didn’t care if Wilson surpassed her personal records. They just wanted to watch one of the greatest – if not the greatest – female thrower in state history win her final two gold medals in high school competition.

Wilson obliged, winning the discus by 25 feet with a meet-record throw of 168-feet, 1-inch, and winning the shot by seven feet with a heave of 54-¼. Her discus throw would have been good enough for third place in the boys MOC competition, although it was 13-feet, 11-inches off her personal best set at the Rowan Invitational High School Meet. Her shot put distance was 3-feet, 1-inch off her PR of 57-1¼, which just happens to be the best U-20 throw in U.S history and best on the planet this year.

Breathing that kind of rarified air, it’s no wonder Wilson termed the MOC as, “just like another meet to go after PRs.”

“I wasn’t really happy with my marks,” she added. “Then again, I still won, I got two more titles to add to my resume. I guess it was good. It was just like another practice meet before I head to nationals this weekend with a bigger atmosphere, and getting used to that.”

Asked if this is something she may look back on with pride once she is done competing, Wilson said, “I guess so, like later on, after it’s all over.”

She had a stellar senior season, winning everything in sight and setting the meet record in shot put with a 53-7 at the Penn Relays.

That was just the appetizer for the Ocean County Championships on May 15, when she uncorked her national record-setting throw.

“That was a good day,” Wilson said. “I had off from school. I was home, I slept in a little longer, and then I rode the bike just to get my muscles warmed up, which I don’t normally do because I go from school right to my meets.

“I was warming up and I felt really good. My first throw was just average, like 52-10, and my second throw I got the 57-1¼. I just hit all my marks at that time and it just went. (A good throw) depends on when I get all my energy up and hit all the points that I need to.”

That throw also put her at No. 1 in the world among U-20 shot putters, which must be a bit tough to compartmentalize because of its magnitude. Asked how she remains humble, Alyssa laughed and said, “I don’t know, I just think it still hasn’t clicked into my head about that.”

Her faith may have something to do with it. Wilson, a member of St. Joseph Parish, Toms River, acknowledged her faith is important, noting that, “The morning of a meet, I’ll pray just to stay connected and hopefully it will carry over to my throws. I pray to put my best foot forward kind of thing.”

June 16 through 18, Wilson is in North Carolina for the New Balance Outdoor Nationals, and following that she heads to Sacramento, California for the Junior Nationals.

A top two-finish at Junior Nationals would land Alyssa a spot on the U.S. National team, which is set to compete at the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru. Considering she’s Top-2 nationally this year in all three of her events (her discus mark is 11th all-time), a typical performance should get her to Lima and give her more experience dealing with big-time atmospheres before she leaves for UCLA on Aug. 8.

“Most of the time I’m always nervous,” Wilson said. “That’s one thing I’m working on, getting over my nerves. It’s (a matter of) just going out there, just me against the circle every time. Don’t look around and see what everyone is doing. Just focus on my marks and my techniques and everything will go as planned.”

That’s sometimes difficult, however, when she knows crowds gather just to watch her in hopes of seeing another record.

“Most of the time I try to block it out,” Wilson said. “I look around when I’m in line or whatever, waiting to throw. When I’m called up for my attempts, then I kind of put the blinders on and I don’t really see them.”

But they see her. And they know they are watching something special.  

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