STATEN ISLAND, NY -- The Union Catholic girls continued its dominance with another strong performance when the Vikings captured their seventh straight title. Meanwhile, the UC boys finished a very strong second at Monday's Union County Track and Field Championships at Ocean Breeze on Staten Island.
In the girls' competition, it was all UC as the Vikings rang up 144 points, more than 100 ahead of runner-up Elizabeth, second with 39.
The UC girls picked up six victories and had several sizzling performances.
Sophomore Abby Granrath was a double winner for UC, junior A'Liyah Thomas led a 1-2-3 finish for UC in the long jump and was her usual splendid all-round self, and Isabella Gray, Chidumga Nkulume, and the 4x400 squad all picked up gold medals for the Vikings.
Granrath, the Union County XC champ this past fall, won the 1,600 in 5:14.27 and the 3,200 in 11:34.21.
Thomas extended her state lead with a PR of 18-9 1/2 to win the long jump, placed second in the high jump (5-4) and was fifth in the 55 dash in 7.48. Gray cleared 10-6 to win the pole vault.
Nkulume won her first county title by crossing first in the 400 in 57.37. She ran a NJ#3 56.89 last month at the Bullis Invit. at the NY Armory. She was also second in the 200 in 25.46. And the 4x400 team won in 3:59.59.
Also for UC, Alexandra Bonn finished second in the LJ with PR and NJ#9 17-8 1/2, Sadie Abood placed second in the 3,200 with a PR of 11:39.37, Jada Mia Puryear was second in the shot with a PR of 35-8 1/2.
Ajanae Thompson was fourth in the dash in 7.38 and fifth in the 55 hurdles in 8.85, Morgan Williams second in the 800 in 2:19.61, Zamira Ysaac fourth in the 800 in 2:20.28, and Ashleigh Patterson was fifth in 2:20.52. Felicia Quainoo was second in the 55m hurdles in 8.49, and third in the LJ, and Avery Jordan was sixth in the HH in 8.90. Autumn Barge placed fifth in the girls PV at 7-6, and Sydney McDonald placed sixth in the 200 in 26.21.
On the boys side, UC sophomore Myles Plummer was one of the biggest stars of the meet. He won the 1,600 for the second straight year in 4:25.65, the 800 1:58.40, and placed third in the 3,200.
Senior Elijah Brown also had a big meet.
In the 400, he was fourth with 100 meters to go, but closed fast to rally to win his second straight title in a NJ #3 49.55. Brown, who won the 800 at the Meet of Champions last winter, also ran on the runner-up 4x400 relay that ran 3:25.53.
Senior Conor Reilly, the outdoor county PV champ last spring, made 14-6 to win the pole vault, and placed fifth in the long jump (20-10).
Tyhir Jones, the state leader in the 400 with the 49.41 he ran at the Bullis Invit. last month at the NY Armory, was second in the 400 in 49.73, fourth in the 200 in 22.83, and ran on the 4x400.
Oluwafemi Asenuga picked up 12 points for the Vikings by placing fourth in the high jump (6-0), the long jump (20-11), and the 55 hurdles (7.96).
Also contributing points for the Vikings were Matt Axt, third in the long jump (20-11), Zach Turner, fifth in the 1,600 in 4:37.52, Jayden Mathurin, fifth in the shot put with a monster PR of 44-4 1/4 (nearly four feet better than his previous best), Connor Cooper, was fifth in the 200 in 22.98, and Matt Granizo, sixth in the 3,200 in 10:26.14.