The Weekly Sports Rundown
Miller tennis in Tournament of Champions; Tyler Udland, Abbas Tapal running well
The pride of the Blue and White rests with the boys tennis team, and with Tyler Udland and his running mates. All other teams have been eliminated from postseason play and have already played their last games, or will be within the next two days.
One team that could be staring at its last game is the boys racquet squad. As the No. 4 seed in the Tournament of Champions, the Millburn boys must knock off a Pascack Hills team that has proven to be very formidable, especially with its Group Championship win last week.
I am confident that the locals will be able to take care of business today in Mercer County Park, I just think they have too many good players to lose in the first round. What I’m not sure about is what they will do in the next round against a Westfield team that has defeated them twice.
Even if they do get past Westfield, they will likely have to face Newark Academy in the finals of the T of C, and the Minutemen have also knocked off the Millers twice this season. It will be an uphill battle for the locals, but at this level of competition, there are no such things as easy wins.
Udland and company performed well at the Sectional Championships in South Plainfield and have a chance to do the same again this weekend.
Udland won the 1,600 meter race, and Abbas Tapal took the 400 meter race. Both also placed in other events.
Brian Robinson and Blake Udland qualified to move on to the Group Championships, but moving on to the Tournament of Championships will be a bit more difficult as they will be coming from behind the pack.
Robinson took third and fourth in the two-mile and one-mile events respectively. With all of the top six runners from all four sections of Group 3, he will need to cut some seconds to finish in the same spot, which is very difficult at this time of year. The same goes for Blake Udland who was sixth in both the 1,600 and 3,200.
This may be the last installment of the weekly rundown until September, as the sports wind down and squads move towards team dinners now. By next week, there will only be a few players to mention, as the playoffs come to a close and award season begins.