NEW YORK, N.Y.  -- The Union Catholic girls threw down one of the fastest performances in New Jersey history in the distance medley relay when the Vikings placed fifth in 11:53.31, No. 7 in state history, at the New Balance Indoor National Championships on Friday night at the New Balance Track and Field Center.
 
The fifth place finish secured All-American honors for the Vikings, and its time of 11:53.31 shattered its school and Union County record of 11:59.38 that UC ran to finish first at the Eastern States Championships last month.     

Union Catholic received four very strong legs as junior Leena Morant led off with a 3:40.77 split for 1,200. Junior Chi Chi Nkulume followed with a 57.43 400. Sophomore Morgan Williams then split 2:17.13, and LaSalle-bound senior Jerika Lufrano anchored in 4:57.99.

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UC finished one spot ahead of Randolph, which crossed sixth in 11:53.55, the ninth fastest time in N.J. history.   

The distance medley was won by North Rockland of New York in 11:41.84. The great Katelyn Tuohy, who owns several national records, including the mile outdoors, came from way back on the anchor leg with a 4:41.93 split to rally North Rockland to the victory.