1988 BOYS TRACK
YEAR OF INDUCTION: 2019
"We had a well-rounded team," Bob Marchetti, SHS high jumper extraordinaire, said. "We didn't call him
Coach, we called him Mr. (Doug) Martin. Mr. Martin made sure of that depth. We were three or four deep
across every event, that's not easy to do in track and field. I think that's what made us so hard to beat."
The '88 boys' track and field team was undefeated in dual meets (15-0) and captured conference
(12-0), county and state sectional championships. The season produced almost weekly highlight-reel-worthy
performances and made a ton of memories.
The Spartans were so dominant that they put up 99 points to win the Mercer County championship.
Their next closest competitor was Trenton with 68.
Steinert was equally impressive at the Central Jersey 3 meet. While Steinert totaled 54 points
to win it, Ocean was second with 28.
Other accomplishments included a long-awaited victory over Trenton. In a home tri-meet,
Steinert defeated Trenton 82-49 and Lawrenceville School 115-16. It was the Spartansí first victory
over the Tornadoes since 1967 when the margin of difference was a mere three points.
"We clobbered 'em," Marchetti said. "Mr. Martin always told us about the past teams and how
they muffed up and didn't get the task done. He kept on us the whole season telling us where teams
in the past went wrong.
"We pretty much steamrolled through that season. We didn't have any close meets."
Mr. Martin was named Coach of the Year for what was described as the greatest boys' track
and field season in Steinert history.
"What made it possible was that the boys never stopped getting better," he said. "They
seemed to set personal records every week they performed."
Several members of this deep team are already in the Hall of Fame as individuals including
Marchetti, distance runner Aaron Oldfield, and versatile Scott Young.
In the Mercer meet, Marchetti (high jump), Scott Young (javelin), twin brother Tom Young
(quarter-mile), Frank Ferrara (intermediate hurdles) and the 4x400 relay (Ty Kontrath, Nick Koziupa,
Ferrara, and T. Young) were victorious to help the Spartans win their first county title since 1979.
The rest of those 99 points and a whole lot more throughout the season came from the depth
of an amazingly solid and talented squad.
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