MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The Rahway boys and girls both won NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 state titles in track & field at the sectional meet held over the weekend at Middletown North High. It was the first time both squads won sectional crowns in the same year.
Ola Akande and Marvin Polynice led the way for the Rahway boys and Jodi Alston, Kailah Turner and Alexus Smith paced the Lady Indians.
Okande placed second in the 100-meter dash in 11.02 and placed first in the 110 high hurdles in 14.29. Polynice won the 400-meter dash in 48.44 and finished second in the 200-meter dash in 22.19.
Alston took third place in the 100-meter dash in 12.38 and also placed third in the 200-meter dash in 25.90. Turner set a school record in winning the discus in 122-9 and was fourth in the shot put with a throw of 35 feet, 11 inches. Smith placed second in the 100 high hurdles in 15.26 and fifth in the 400 hurdles in 1:06.17.
Stacey Saint-Paul contributed to the Rahway girls title run with a throw of 41 feet, 11.25 inches in the shot put, good for second place, and third in the discus with a throw of 119 feet, four inches.
For the Rahway boys, Andrew Wright took third place in the 800-meter race in 1:57.15, and both Jerrish Halsey (fourth in 57.50) and Justin Coelho (fifth in 58.44) scored points for the Indians in the 400 hurdles.
Brian Diaz cleared 6-2 in the high jump to place third and fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 46 feet, 5 inches. Tahlee Bailey placed for the Indians in both the discus (second in 155 feet, 6 inches) and the shot put (sixth in 44 feet, 8.25 inches).
The Rahway boys also took first place in both 4x100 and 4x400 relays.