New and Upcoming Talent Prospers at NJSIAA Sectional Championships

Bryce Hickerson 26 in his 800m race. Courtesy of nj.milesplit.com.
Bryce Hickerson ’26 in his 800m race. Courtesy of nj.milesplit.com.
MAE KELLERT

With the Winter Track season-ending, the Edison indoor track and field team approaches its championship meets. On February 4, Edison competed in the Indoor Track and Field NJSIAA Sectional Championships in Central Group four against teams like the North Brunswick Raiders, the Old Bridge Knights, and the East Brunswick Bears. Although the girls’ and boys’ teams placed low in their groups—ninth with twelve points and twelfth with eight points respectively—there were many outstanding performances at the event.

Four athletes qualified for the NJSIAA Group Championships by finishing sixth or higher in their respective events. In order to advance further to the NJSIAA Group Championships, where all of the schools in Group Four will compete, athletes need to place sixth or higher in their respective events. Ama Boateng ‘25 placed first in the high jump with a mark of 5–4, gaining ten points for the Edison girls team. She previously broke the school record for high jump and continues to display great performances as she was ranked second in the high jump for the state. Emmanuel Akinbo ‘25 placed fourth in the high jump with a personal record of 5–10, gaining four points for the Edison boys team.

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  • Ama Boateng ’25 places first in the girls high jump with a mark of 5–4. Courtesy of nj.milesplit.com.

  • Noreen Amponsah ’24 runs the 800m. She placed 5th in the race with a time of 2:27. Courtesy of nj.milesplit.com.

  • Joseph Pinheiro ’25, placing fourth in the 55-meter hurdle finals. Courtesy of nj.milesplit.com.

  • Shiloh Estoque ’24 in the 55-meter dash finals. Courtesy of nj.milesplit.com.

  • Emmanuel Akinbo ’25 placeing 4th in the boys high jump with a mark of 5–10. Courtesy of nj.milesplit.com.

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Joseph Pinheiro ‘25 also had an amazing performance this weekend, placing second in the 55-meter hurdles preliminaries with a personal record of 8.12. With his placement of second in the prelims, he raced in the 55-meter hurdle finals, placing fourth with a new personal record of 8.06, and garnering four additional points for the boys team. Lastly, Noreen Amponsah ‘24 ran a personal record of 2:27.35 in the 800-meter dash and placed fifth, garnering two points for the girls team.

Additionally, there were other notable performances by the Eagles. Bryce Hickerson ‘26 ran a personal record 2:03 in the 800m placing ninth. Hickerson has been displaying many outstanding performances in the 800-meter dash and continues to train to run a time under two minutes. Additionally, Shiloh Estoque ‘24 placed seventh in the 55-dash finals with a time of 6.8 seconds, only .01 seconds behind the sixth-place spot that qualified for the Group Championships. Estoque was on the sidelines due to an injury but continues to show progress to reach his old form.

Results can be found at nj.milesplit.com.

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