SHP Winter Track Takes First State Title in 43 Years

The halls of Seton Hall Prep are filled with history. To start, Seton Hall Prep is the oldest Catholic preparatory school in New Jersey.

Founded in 1856, the school holds one hundred and sixty-seven years of rich history. A cornerstone of The Prep is our athletics. One of the top athletics programs in the state and northeast, every year, The Prep’s Varsity teams create history and add to numerous championships the Prep has won. This winter, the Indoor Track and Field Varsity Team won the first NJSIAA State Championship in forty-three years!  

Princeton commit Xavier Donaldson ’23 set the tone for the Prep, winning the 55-meter dash and giving the Prep ten points, and his teammate Darren Burton ’23 came in the top six adding to the Prep total points. Xavier teammates supplemented his success in the 400-meter dash as he won the event, Ryan Matulonis ’23 came in second, and Nick Devita ’23 came in third; the Prep came out firing, sweeping the first event of the state championships.

The Prep continued to rack up valuable points having three runners come top six in the 800-meter and UPenn commit Matulonis finishing second in the hurdles. The Prep grew their lead as they dominated and won the 4×400 relay. The team’s success was not only on the track, as Stephen Niamke ’23 came second in the high jump. Matt Oess ’25 came second in the pole vault, and Brandon Dunn ’24 came sixth in the shot put. Thanks to a total team effort, The Prep outlasted CBA 83-75 to bring home the state title.