Sports

Girls Cross-Country: Union Catholic Wins State Title in Dramatic Fashion

d506f4349c1620c2900c_bd27c7b998f728b53772_IMG_6591__1_.JPG
The Union Catholic girls cross-country team won the 2017 State Non-Public A Championships on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Holmdel Park. Credits: Jim Lambert
c53733209d91e28a3a84_f7f2f8265f4608af342d_IMG_7232.JPG
The Union Catholic girls cross-country team won the NJSIAA Non-Public A Championship on Nov. 11, 2017 at Holmdel Park Credits: Jim Lambert
d506f4349c1620c2900c_bd27c7b998f728b53772_IMG_6591__1_.JPG

HOLMDEL, NJ -- Trailing with a half mile to go with a state title hanging in the balance, the Union Catholic girls cross-country team dug down deep and staged a dramatic rally to edge Red Bank Catholic in thrilling fashion to capture its second NJSIAA Non-Public A title in three years on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Holmdel Park.

Junior Jerika Lufrano led the charge for the Vikings by placing second in a school record 18:51. Sophomore Leena Morant (9th in 20:15), junior Megan McCabe (15th in 20:32), sophomore Zamira Ysaac (16th in 20:32), and sophomore Zoe Lee (21st in 20:46) were the other scorers for UC, who all ran very gutsy over the final 800 meters to help the Vikings come from behind for a heart-pounding 63-65 victory over defending champion Red Bank Catholic. Sophomore Ashleigh Patterson and junior Monika Wlodarski were the No. 6 and No. 7 runners for UC.

A couple huge keys to the victory were that Morant finished two places and one second in front of an RBC runner, and Lee was one place and one second in front of another RBC runner. Lee, who fractured her tibia at the Group Championships at Holmdel last year, picked off three runners, including two from RBC, in the last 800 to help seal the race for the Vikings

Sign Up for E-News

The entire top five for UC, who averaged 20:11 (No. 2 in school history), ran significantly faster than they did at the Shore Coaches meet at Holmdel last month when the Vikings averaged 20:50.

“The girls raced as a complete team today,’’ said UC coach Mike McCabe, whose 2015 team won the first girls state title in UC history. “I’m extremely proud of how they raced for one another. It was a great win over a very strong team. We ran some runners down and held some off. It’s the best we have closed. Finishing is all about heart and they showed so much grit.’’

The victory was especially sweet for Megan McCabe, who has regained her form after battling through some iron issues and was a huge difference maker for the Vikings on their road to the state title.

“I just stayed positive and kept working hard through it all and things worked out,’’ said McCabe. It’s so satisfying to be able to help my team reach this goal. It really feels great to put in all the work and see it all pay off like this.’’

With its victory, the UC girls advanced to the state Meet of Champions next Saturday at Holmdel Park where they will aim to break the school record average of 20:05 that the 2015 team ran at the Meet of Champions when the Vikings placed fifth.

TAPintoSPF.net is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.

Editor's Note: Union Catholic High School is an advertiser of TAPinto.net. For information about advertising, contact jmooney@tapinto.net.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Update: Health Authorities Still Investigating Flu Death of Elizabeth Schoolgirl

February 19, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to investigate the cause of the passing of elementary school student Daniela Genaro after it was confirmed that the student had been diagnosed with influenza. Officials said it "presently remains unclear whether or not the virus was the primary contributing factor to the child's passing."

In a second letter ...

Sinai or Sanctuary?

 

 

And in the beginning, G‑d was homeless, and so G‑d asked His people to set Him up with some digs. Where does it say that? Well, nowhere, actually. But it does say that G‑d instructed Moses to tell the people, “They shall make for Me a Sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.”

Now the question is, was G‑d really homeless? ...

Colleen Mahr Has Paid Her Dues, Earned People’s Trust, and Left a Track Record of Success

February 20, 2018

Dear Editor:

As a 26-year-old Scotch Plains resident who cares more about the well-being of our town than about local politics, I am extremely disappointed that the Scotch Plains Democratic Committee leadership has decided to abandon Colleen Mahr in her run for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee.

Mahr, who as Mayor of Fanwood for 15 years has worked closely with Scotch Plains ...

Being Alone on Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2018

Valentine’s Day is a day filled with Hallmark cards, chocolate covered strawberries, red roses and special dining.  It’s a day to express our love and affection to those close to us.  Some of us have expectations that this day will be blissful, we may even receive that diamond ring that represents engagement or marriage.

Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful time if ...

Bernards High vs. Union Catholic Girls Basketball Teams Face Off to Support Team Campbell Foundation

February 19, 2018

BERNARDSVILLE NJ - The Bernards High Mountaineers will play Union Catholic High School on Saturday, February 24th at 2:00pm at Bernards High in Bernardsville. The game will support the Team Campbell Foundation. 

Both teams are honored to be able to play in what will be Bernards High’s Coach Sandy Whelan’s sixth Gold Out game in seven years. Gold is the awareness color for ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, February 20, 1:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Book Club @ Scotlib: The Japanese Lover by Isabel ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Tue, February 20, 6:00 PM

UCEDC, Cranford

Next Level Business Planning

Business & Finance

Wed, February 21, 7:00 PM

Congregation Beth Israel, Scotch Plains

Course on Biblical Interpretation Taught by ...

Education Religions And Spirituality