Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Pct Boys Capture Third Straight Title

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Pct Boys Capture Third Straight Title

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NEW YORK -- For a few minutes Sunday night, the late heroics of Passaic Tech sophomore Zaire Weaver seemed to have allowed the Bulldogs to share in a third straight Passaic County indoor track boys title. But then in the second heat of the night's final event, Wayne Valley managed to displace Clifton from third place and PCT had its third straight county crown all by itself, 70-68, over hard- luck runner-up Clifton.

The Mustangs got some solace by winning their first girls title since 2010, upsetting the three-time defending champion PCT girls, 70-63, despite not winning a varsity event. But the Mustangs scored in every event but the long jump and 55 meters, and put multiple scorers in four events, winning with the lowest team score in the 24- year history of the meet. Passaic Tech's boys' score was the lowest winning score since 1995.

"Weaver was tough as nails," Bulldogs coach John Iurato said after his anchor had come back to win on a lean after losing a big lead to the strong anchor leg of Robert Laing of Kennedy, the boys individual standout. "He could have folded up after the Kennedy kid passed him, but he didn't flinch."

Weaver, who had grabbed a key point with a sixth in the long jump just before his relay leg, is the son of Brandon Weaver, a football player for Iurato in the late 1990s. "I keep telling his father that his son is tougher than he is and he proved it tonight," Iurato said. "We put him at anchor early in the season and he just keeps getting better."

Passaic Tech had a rough night, with a favorite in the sprints false-starting in the 55 and a potential pole-vault scorer recording no height. The Bulldogs also lost close races in the 200, 400 and 800.

"But the kids battled all night," Iurato said. "It's cool that we were able to win."

Clifton's victory in the girls meet was all about depth, according to first-year head coach Mike Rogers. …

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