Skip to main content

High School North girls track champions

Nickelsen's triple, Hanlon's career-best showing provide spark

Jan. 31, 2024-- High School North senior Olivia Nickelsen produced a dazzling "triple" to fuel the girls track team to a 53-50 win over defending champion Rumson at the Shore Conference Championships.

The title is the first since the school won its third straight girls track and field championship in 1994. 

Nickelsen (below) scored nearly half the points for North, racking up 26 points by winning the 55M dash in 7.36 (PR of 7.34 in trials), and placing second in both the 400M (58.52) and the 800M (indoor PR of 2:15.34).

Olivia Nickelsen by Jim Patten

Described by those who know her as a great kid who works really, really hard, Olivia Nickelsen's teachers and peers are thrilled for her success on the track.

The team also picked up big points from junior May Hanlon and sophomore Jessica Abbott.

Hanlon, in fact, had the best meet of her career. She won the high jump with a personal record of 5'-4", and finished third in the 55M hurdles with a PR of 8.75.

Abbott, no stranger to running success, won the 3,200 in 10:57.52.

It was no doubt a satisfying team win, washing away a three-decade-long title drought and restoring glory to a program rich in track and field tradition. Congratulations, girls!

Latest Stories