Zarro family continues tradition at Randolph

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Carlo Zarro didn’t have a whole lot of choice about getting into track and field. He was born into a legendary Randolph family of sprinter-jumpers, the fourth of five athletic, redheaded boys — and eldest sister Mia, now 23.


Zarro got started when he was 6, the same as his older brothers. And even they had to admit, he might be the best yet.


“Obviously, I want to beat my brothers, so it’s good support and good friendly competition, family competition,” Rams senior Anthony Zarro said. “It’s healthy, and it makes it fun, especially when (major milestones) happen. The fact that I have a county record with my brother on the team, that’s amazing to me.”


Louis Zarro, now 21, started the family’s track and field legacy. He had been part of the Rams’ 4×200, 4×400 and team long jump records which recently fell, and is still part of the three-man triple jump relay. Nick Zarro, a Montclair State sophomore, was the next in line, running with younger brother Anthony for two years. Anthony Zarro was the lone family member on the team for one year, but is now joined by Carlo, a freshman. Youngest brother Frankie is 9, and already involved in track and field.


Randolph senior Anthony Zarro, who holds the school triple jump record outdoors, has surpassed all Louis’ personal bests. Anthony and Carlo Zarro teamed with Greg Stickle to break the Morris County long jump record at the Morris County Relays two weeks ago, as the Rams won the overall team title.


Said Anthony, “I don’t think it’s going to take him very long to catch up.”


A little broader than his brothers with sculpted arms, Carlo Zarro was a Rams running back in the fall where his brothers had played soccer. He is believed to be the first freshman to play varsity football at Randolph. He won the freshman long jump, finished second in the 400 — setting a school freshman record at 52.98 —and third in the 200 at the Frosh-Soph Championships on Saturday.


“I get that to myself,” he said of football, but track? “I was bred into it. … I’ll do something good, and text my dad. My mom will post it on Facebook. My brothers will all be excited.”


Helene Rowland is accustomed to competing in multiple throwing events at once. But there was an extra degree of difficulty thrown into the NJAC small-school meet: a very steep hill separating the shot put circle and the javelin runway.


Rowland, a Madison junior, was in the final shot put and javelin flights, so she had to negotiate how to maintain peak performance. She took her last three preliminary shot attempts quickly, then ran up the hill for the javelin prelims. Seeded into the penultimate shot flight, Villa Walsh senior Grace McGurn had a little more time in between, so she completed her throws and “kind of walked” up to the other venue.


“I was mainly focused on (javelin), but I’m glad I went down to shot to push myself, to prove I could do it” said McGurn, who had briefly considered not going back for her final throws in shot put.


McGurn had a personal-best 33-2½ to place sixth in the shot, and a season-best 114-11 for second in the javelin. Rowland was second in the shot put (39-1¼) and fifth in the javelin (98-2).


“I’ll run back and forth, last flight, last flight, finals and finals. It’s a good warmup,” Rowland said. “I kind of liked it. I made sure I kept warm in between. I was doing nothing for a while, then I was doing everything for a while.”

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