Sports Chatter: Where They Are Now & Where They Are Heading

Andy Loigu, local sports extraordinaire, brings Inside Warren's readers the Sports Chatter.

By Andy Loigu

After four years of standout performances in three distances, Hackettstown High School sprinter Nioami Miranda will run at Monmouth University next year.

Her 400 meter time of 56.85 seconds in finishing second at the North 2 Group 2 sectional meet was the best of the season in the Express-Times region, which includes four counties, two of them in Pennsylvania.

Her best time in the 200 meter was 25.28 as she won the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference championship. She also won the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex championship and was third in the Group 2 state meet at that distance.

In the 100, her 12.55 time was the sixth best in the Express-Times region.

Warren Hills senior Justin Wulff has not made a college choice yet, but his switch from baseball to throwing the javelin proved to be a good one.

His best throws of 178 feet and 178-7, won him the Skyland Conference and Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex championships, respectively.

Throwing consistently in the big meets, he finished second at the North 2 Group 3 sectional and fifth in the Group Three state meet.

Blue Streak junior Brian Spolarich finished the season with eye-opening performances in the 3,200 meter distance run. His best performance came in his last race, at 9:18.35 in finishing 13th at the Meet of Champions.

He qualified by finishing fifth at the Group 3 state meet with a time of 9:19.22. Obviously, hot weather did not bother him. He took second at North 2 Group 3 and third at the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex meet.

From the archives: where are they now?

Mary Smith, a nominee for Warren County Female Athlete of the Year in 2002, after excelling in field hockey and softball for Belvidere High School, has served Community Prevention Resources of Warren County (CPRWC), located in Washington Borough, as a prevention educator and facilitator since February of 2015.

She graduated from Moravian College (where she played softball on a nationally ranked team) in 2006 with a sociology degree.

Smith earned a Master of Science degree from Trident University International in 2014. Currently, she is studying for a Master of Science degree in Health Administration at Trident while working at CPRWC. Trained in prevention education, she is a certified professional, whose services are available for all county residents.

A non-profit agency, CPRWC is dedicated to building a safe, healthy and drug-free Warren County. Their education services promote the wellness and safety of individuals and families.

She is a United States Navy veteran and came to CPRWC with seven years’ experience as an administrative project coordinator with multiple duties during her service, including project management, healthcare administration, and client relations.

Among her many responsibilities were maintaining records for over 150 personnel. She drafted evaluation reports, planned award ceremonies, and trained personnel on proper travel procedures. She reviewed authorization and voucher reports to detect abuses of travel privileges.

Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building.  

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