TOMS RIVER, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School girls track team, for the first time in school history, has won the NJSIAA North II Group III State Sectional Winter Track & Field Championship at the John Bennett Indoor Sports Complex in Toms River.

The girls took the lead with a 1-2 finish in the 400 Meters by Julia Jackson and Jenai Berry and remained in the top spot for the entire meet. The Raiders placed in every event except one and finished 30 points ahead of second place Summit. 

"We weren't at full strength, and not everything went according to plan, but that is the nature of the sport," said Coach Jeff Koegel. "Coach McGriff, Coach Doherty, Coach Kane, and I are all extremely proud of the effort the girls put forth."

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  • 55 Meters: Julia Jackson (7.51), a PR, finished first.
  • 400 Meters: Julia Jackson and Jenai Berry finished 1-2.
  • 800 Meters: Jenai Berry won with a time of 2:25.45.
  • 1600 Meters: Gabby Crona (5:29.13) finished seventh, Olivia Zambrio (5:41.80) finished tenth, and Lauren Hahn (5:46.31) finished twelfth.
  • 3200 Meters: Olivia Zambrio (11:54.53) finished third, Madison Orlins (11:54.87) finished fourth, and Gabby Crona (11:55.54) finished sixth.
  • 55 Hurdles: Nicole Agwu (8.93) finished third, and Anina Dashiell (9.28) finished seventh.
  • 4x400: Scotch Plains-Fanwood (Jenai Berry, Nicole Agwu, Zuri Kennedy, Julia Jackson) won the event with a time of 4:11.87
  • Shot Put: Olivia Fletcher (33-04.25) finished third, and Antoinette Chango (27-02.00) finished twelfth.  
  • High Jump: Che Dashiell (5-00.00) won the Sectional championship for the second year in a row. Anina Dashiell (4-08.00) finished sixth.
  • Pole Vault: Katherine Chouinard (8-00.00) finished first.

"In the most dramatic moment of the meet for us, Jenai Berry was leading towards the end of the second lap. She was tripped and taken down. She got herself up, ran back into first place, and took the victory. Never give up," Coach Koegel said. 

"Julia Jackson won (two) events at the meet, taking the 55 final in a PR of 7.51 seconds, which is even more impressive on a slow track, in 1/8" spikes, and without starting blocks," Coach Koegel added. 

"Olivia Zambrio and Gabby Crona bounced back from rough outings in the 1600 to place 3rd and 6th respectively (in the 3200)," he said. "We needed them out there, and they did an excellent job moving themselves forward. Thanks to everyone who helped get them out there and kept them moving during the race."

"(In the) 4 x 400, while we already had the meet wrapped up, we wanted to be sure to end the meet with a proper effort. Julia, Jenai, and Nicole were all on at least their third races of the day, and Jenai was fairly heavily bandaged from being tripped in the 800," Coach Koegel said. "We still went out and won the race with the foursome of Jenai Berry, Nicole Agwu, Zuri Kennedy (subbing for Grace), and Julia Jackson bringing the baton across the line first."

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