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New records were set at the annual mile dribble

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The North Jersey Blast held their 12th annual mile dribble fundraiser event on May 11, 2014.

The mile dribble is a contest to see how many miles each player can dribble without stopping. The players do not have to run, but some players try to set a speed record. Every time a player passes a 1/3 mile marker they are instructed to do a different type of dribble for that portion of the mile. For example, between the leg cross-overs. Players both compete against and motivate each other. Some players participate in the mile dribble to challenge themselves whereas others use it as a fundraiser. They collect flat donations and pledges to raise money for the program. This year, Cielle Avena (Butler, NJ) raised the most money.

Since 2007, Kelcey Castro has held the 1st place record for most miles dribbled (45). She also held the second place record for most miles dribbled (23), which she dribbled in 2006. Third place was held by Kellyann Gandet when she dribbled 18.33 miles in 2012.

This year, a few players passed the third place mark.

Amanda Hoffman, 7th grade student from Fair Lawn, dribbled 20 miles. She did this in 6 hours and 12 minutes. Emma Plutnicki, 7th grader from River Edge, dribbled 24 miles, earning her the new overall third place spot. She dribbled for 7 hours and 20 minutes. She also dribbled a few of the miles the fastest.

Kellyann Gandet, 10th grader from Ramsey, dribbled 24.66 miles. This earned her the new overall second place spot. She dribbled for 8 hours and 13 minutes.

Other players did not set overall records, but they dribbled the most for their age this year.

  • Olivia Buckingham, a 4 year old preschool student from Secaucus dribbled 1 mile.
  • Alex Wohlrab, a 4th grader from Secaucus dribbled 2 miles.
  • Julia Mordecai, 8th grader from Elmwood Park dribbled 9 miles. This took her 4 hours and 15 minutes.
  • Sofia Su, 9th grader from River Edge, dribbled 7 miles. She dribbled for 2 hours and 16 minutes.
  • Cielle Avena, 10th grader from Butler, dribbled 12 miles. She did this in 3 hours and 7 minutes. She also dribbled a few of the miles the fastest.
  • Despite having a broken hand, 11th grade Stefanie Pagan from Hasbrouck Heights dribbled 5 miles with her good hand.
  • Kelly Hansen, 11th grader from Park Ridge, also dribbled 5 miles. She also dribbled a few of the miles the fastest.
  • Swati Shivkumar, 12th grader from Hasbrouck Heights, dribbled 5 miles.

The following players did not set any records, but participated in the mile dribble.

7th Grade

  • Jaelyn Wohlrab, Secaucus - 4.33, 1 hour 41 min
  • Payton Intindola, Secaucus - 5 miles, 1 hr 37 min
  • Carly Faulkner, Teaneck - 5 miles, 1 hr, 39 min
  • Ore Agoro, Paramus - 4.33 miles, 1 hr 43 min
  • Channing Digiacomo, Paramus - 6 miles, 2 hrs 28 min

8th Grade

  • Chloe Derian, River Edge - 6 miles, 2 hours 28 min
  • Rachel Halpern, Glen Rock - 7 miles, 1 hr 44 min
  • Cara Faulkner, Teaneck - 5 miles, 1 hr 30 min
  • Sofia Skinner, Dumont - 5 miles, 1 hr 39 min

9th Grade

  • Samantha Dawli, Glen Rock - 5 miles, 1 hr 52 min
  • Lizzie Alba, Glen Rock - 5 miles, 1 hr 52 min
  • Bella Little, Nutley - 6 miles, 2 hrs, 5 min
  • Veronica Pantale, Midland Park - 5 miles, 1 hr 28 min
  • Liz Vargas, Midland Park - 6 miles, 1 hr, 54 min

10th Grade

  • Julie Carey, Midland Park - 5 miles, 1 hr 50 min
  • Jess Pevny, Ramsey - 5 miles, 1 hr 37 min
  • Francesca Rae, Cresskill - 14 miles, 4 hrs, 24 min
  • Alexa Barbosa, Elmwood Park - 5 miles, 1 hr 32 min
  • Cherie Smedile, Saddle Brook- 5 miles, 1 hr, 42 min
  • Stacey Porzl, Hasbrouck Heights - 5 miles, 1 hr 40 min
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