COLUMBUS, NJ - The Ridge High School girls track team won its fourth consecutive 4×800 meter relay title in the NJSIAA Meet of Champions last weekend at Northern Burlington High School.
Meghan Convery, Olivia Cicchetti, Morgan Lyons and Kaitlyn Van Baalen ran 9:03.19, which was the second-fastest time in the history of the meet, a full 14 seconds ahead of the second-place team.
Since the 4x800 became an event in the Meet of Champions eight years ago, Freehold Township is the only other team to win multiple titles.
Ridge’s 4x800 team had qualified for the 4x800 Championship of America at the Penn Relays earlier in the spring and finished seventh. They also won the 4x800 relay in the Group 4 meet at Franklin with a time of 9:13.05.
Sophomore Manon Stephen of Ridge placed fourth overall in the 3200-meter run with a time of 10:46.26, the second-fastest time ever for a runner from Ridge. Stephen had placed third in the Group 4 meet at Franklin the week before with a time of 11:01.52.
In the high jump, freshman Jennifer Hodges had an opening height of 5’2″, which she had previously cleared in the Group 4 meet to advance to the MOC meet.
Senior Liz McDonnell threw the javelin a distance of 109’1″. Sophomore Joy Osborne cleared a new personal record of 5’6″ in the high jump.