ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury High School girls sprint medley relay team became state champions Sunday by taking first place at an event in Toms River.

The team, composed of Bridget Doherty, Jess Cammarata, Jordan Morris,and Karly Forker finished first at the NJSIAA Group 3 State Relays. Their time of 4:18 ranks them fourth overall in the state this season," said coach Derek Bischoff.

"The time also qualifies them for the New Balance Indoor National Track and Field Championship in March," Bischoff said.  Most of the team competed at the New Balance Indoor National Championship  last season. All four of them competed at the New Balance Outdoor National Championship last spring in Greensboro, NC.

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"Winning this championship was such an amazing accomplishment," said the coach. "These girls have accomplished a lot of great things together and individually over the last few years. However, this was one thing they wanted to accomplish but hadn't yet."
 
Bischoff said the championship has been a goal of the girls for more than a year.

"In that time, they went through a lot," he said. "It is so rewarding to see their tireless work effort pay off in such a great way. As coaches, we couldn't be more proud of them. When you want something as bad as they did for so long, it's hard not to lose focus or lose that drive. But, these girls are amazing. They really have a tremendous fighting spirit. No matter what obstacles they had to overcome, these girls kept believing in themselves and each other and just kept working."

Bischoff said he is more proud about the team's tenacity than he is about Sunday's win.

"Some people might think it winning this state championship was easy because of what they have accomplished before," he said. "But it wasn't easy. That's what makes it so special. These girls have done a lot of great things for our program. It's only fitting that they now have a state championship to cement their place in our program's history."