EDISON, N.J. -- Alexandra Borik was honored as Union Catholic's Scholar Athlete of the Year by the NJSIAA at a special banquet at Sunday at the Pines Manor.
Borik, who will compete in track and field at Lafayette College, was also a standout soccer player at Union Catholic.
"I was really happy to be recognized, not only for what I've done on the athletic field, but also for my academics,'' said Borik. "It's such a great honor.''
This track and field season, Borik led off UC's winning 4x800-meter relay at the Union County Relays earlier this month with a 2:25.0 carry to help the Vikings capture its fifth straight team title.
Borik had a breakout season on the track last spring to help lead the Vikings to a record breaking season.
Borik, who specializes in the distance races, ran personal best times in all her events, and was a huge key to UC's success in the distance medley relay, which was one of the best in the country.
At the 2018 Union County Relays in Westfield, Borik led off the DMR with a 1,200-meter split of 3:47.9 to help the Vikings break the meet record on the way to its fourth straight team title. At the 2018 Union County Track and Field Championships, Borik ran a personal best of 5:13.27 to place fourth in the 1,600 to lead UC to its fourth straight championship. Then at the 2018 Non-Publiwhen c A State Championships, Borik placed seventh in the 1,600 and ran a personal best 2:19 on the runner-up 4x800 relay to help spark the Vikings to its fourth straight state title.
Borik, who lives in Scotch Plains, also ran on the 4x800 when UC placed 10th at the 2018 Meet of Champions and ran a personal best 3:47.91 on the 1,200 leg when the Vikings placed ninth at the New Balance Nationals in North Carolina in a school record 12:09.53, the second fastest time in N.J. for the 2018 season and the 28th fastest time in the U.S.
"There were a lot of great candidates, and Alexandra fit the bill when it came to what we were looking for,'' said Union Catholic Athletic Director Mr. Dave Luciano. "She's a hard worker, especially inside the classroom. She's going to a great school where she will be able to compete on a high level. And she has great achievements athletically in two different sports with multiple varsity letters, and overcame some adversity with some injuries. Alexandra is a tremendous kid and is exactly the kind of student athlete we wanted representing Union Catholic on the state level.