NEW YORK, -- The Union Catholic girls track and field team, despite not having its regular lineup in either race, still put on a remarkable show by sweeping the girls 4x400 and 4x800-meter relays in dramatic fashion at Saturday's prestigious 112th Millrose Games at the New York City Armory.
In the 4x800, UC threw down a red hot 9:07.44, the fastest time in the nation this season, the eighth fastest time in NJ indoor history, and a new school record. The Vikings finished just ahead of Mt. De Sales of Maryland, second in a US#2 9:07.87. UC anchor Leena Morant went to the lead at the bell on her way to a 2:11.28 anchor split and held off Juliette Whittaker of Mt. De Sales, who split 2:08.96.
Union Catholic's first three legs on the 4x800 were handled by Morgan Williams (2:18.06), Jerika Lufrano (2:16.47), and Ashleigh Patterson (2:21.63).
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The 9:07.44 by UC demolished the school indoor record of 9:13.42 set in 2015 and is nearly three seconds faster than the school outdoor record of 9:10.40 set last April at the Penn Relays.
UC, also the state leader in the 4x400 at 3:50.93, came back later to run 3:53:53.40 and rally to finish first in the Suburban Division 4x400, edging Rancocas Valley, second in a NJ#2 3:53.97. Millville was third in a NJ# 3:55.04, and Ramapo sixth in a NJ#4 3:58.20.
UC's 4x400 lineup consisted of Avery Jordan (59.83), Sydney Tucker (57.88), Zamira Ysaac (58.90) and Chidumga Nkulume (56.81). Nkulume got the baton in the third place, but didn't stay threre for long as she overtook both Rancocas Valley and Millville to secure the win for the Vikings.