MORRIS PLAINS, NJ -- Jerika Lufrano continued her red hot season by finishing first and leading the Union Catholic girls to a dramatic victory at Saturday’s New Jersey Catholic Track Conference Cross-Country Championships at Greystone in Morris Plains.
In the boys race, the Vikings finished third with 109 points. Christian Brothers Academy, the No. 1 team in the state, finished first with 67 points and Pope John was second with 88.
Lufrano, a junior, covered the 3.1-mile course in 18:24 to spark the Vikings to a thrilling tiebreaker victorya 14th over Villa Walsh in the girls race. UC and Villa Walsh each finished with 55 points, but the Vikings were awarded the team title on the sixth-runner tiebreaker rule. Union Catholic’s No. 6 runner, Leena Morant, finished eight places ahead of Villa Walsh’s No. 6 runner to clinch the victory for the Vikings.
In addition to Lufrano and Morant, UC received a 14th place finish from Megan McCabe in 20:07, a 15th from Yamira Ysaac in 20:13, a 16th from Zoe Lee in 20:14, and a 17th from Ashleigh Patterson in 20:16.
On the boys side, Andre Rodriguez led the charge for UC, placing seventh in 16:11. Trevor Garrity was 12th in 16:29, Justin Cadas placed 16th in 16:34, Max Berg was 36th in 17:14, and Gerard Rokosz finished 42nd in 17:18.
The Vikings will be back in action at Wednesday’s inaugural Viking Last Chance Invitational that is hosted by UC at Oak Ridge Park in Clark. Then this Saturday, the UC cross-country teams will compete at the state championships at Holmdel Park.