Growing up in Hamilton Township, he worked his way up from fixing mopeds and "little things" to a major project of restoring a 1974 MG sports car. He had a part-time job at a hardware store.

Greg Falcone took a similar path with his experiences as a track and field athlete.

"Cerebral is probably the best word to describe Greg’s approach," said former Steinert coach Doug Martin. "He was a student of the high jump.

"He was a leader by example and he was one of those last-guys-still-standing types supporting his teammates (at long meets). He inspired other athletes to dig down deep and he passed his skills and what he learned on to other people."

Falcone captured a Central Jersey Group 3 high jump championship in 1991 when he cleared 6 feet, 8 inches. He received all-star recognition that season and, as he often was, he was also undefeated in dual meet competition.

"Track and field worked really well for me, four years of winter and spring," said Falcone, who lives in Sarasota, Fla.

The 6-foot-5 athlete made his presence felt in the high jump, the hurdles and the long jump.

"I was kinda tall, I was still a pretty slender guy and I fell into the high jump and it worked really well," he said. "I became well-rounded with hurdles and the long jump."

Track and field enhanced his world.

"It was positive in all respects," Falcone said. "People like Doug Martin, making the sport fun even when it wasn't. There was such a strong aura of positivity.

"When I look back on the value of sports in general, in your high school or post-high school career, it provides a strong sense of community, a strong sense of team. At a time of your life when you need some guidance, for me it was the track and field team. It guides you to becoming an adult, provides guidance in life, teaching time management and physical management."

He still chases after cars, he has loved auto racing since he saw it on television at age 10.

And there's a foxhound "who needs a lot of exercise. I chase after him a lot" – and he also enjoys bicycling and the occasional trip to the gym to lift weights.

"I was with PSE&G for 15 years," he said. "Until about 2-3 years ago when I moved. Now I'm with Florida Power & Light. I work in electricity distribution, trouble-shooting."