Ridge Girls Track Wins 4x800 State Title for 4th Straight Year

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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.

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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.

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