Breakthrough in Ridgewood

The Record
May 1999

The West Milford boys track team had tough early-season dual-meet losses to Wayne Valley and Lakeland. So coach Scott Copperman was looking for something to give his young team a boost going into the Northern Hills Skyline league meet today and Saturday at Millburn.

He may have gotten that boost when the Highlanders outpointed Wayne Hills, 97-79, last weekend in the County Seat Invitational A Division at the Patriots' home track.

"We were looking for something to get us going after those two losses," said Copperman. "We have such a young team, but we might be ahead of schedule to try and win the conference meet. I think we're peaking at the right time."

Sophomore Dave Heerema led the Highlanders' effort in the County Seat with a speedy 1:59.8 winning effort in the 800, a second off the school record and one of the fastest times in Passaic County in the past five years.

Shot putter Matt Schur won with a toss of 49-6, and he was one of the few seniors to score for West Milford on Saturday.

"I thought we were probably a year away, but we're hoping that maybe we'll be able to do it this year," said Copperman. "It's tough for us because there's no triple jump and our distance kids are so young. But we have two good vaulters and we were missing our best 400 and 1,600 men as well as our best high jumper and long jumper. Lakeland still should be the favorite but I like our chances."

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