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Girls Track and Field: Union Catholic Races to 4th Straight State Non-Public A Relay Title

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The Union Catholic girls racked up 72 points to roll to its fourth straight State Non-Public A Relay Championships on Thursday night at the Bennett Center in Toms River. Credits: Photo courtesy of Union Catholic
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TOMS RIVER, NJ -- In a performance that solidified its status as the top team in New Jersey, Union Catholic put on a remarkable display by sweeping all six track events and steamrolling its way to a 72-37 victory over runner-up Paramus Catholic. UC captured its fourth straight State Non-Public A Relay title on Thursday night at the Bennett Center in Toms River.

UC won the shuttle hurdles in 32.34, the distance medley in a school record 12:24.00, the sprint medley in 4:20.58, the 4x200 in 1:46.21, the 4x400 in 4:09.59, and the 4x800 in 9:41.47. In the field, the Vikings placed second in shot put and fourth in the high jump.

Several athletes had outstanding performances to lead the Vikings to victory.

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Jerika Lufrano anchored the DMR with a 5:10.3 carry and ran 2:28.7 in the 4x800. Zamira Ysaac led off the DMR with a 3:52.6 split and ran 60.7 in the 4x400. Mia Bennet-Jones ran 61.4 in the DMR and 63.4 in the 4x400. Leena Morant went 2:19 in the DMR and 2:27 on the anchor of the SMR. Khamil Evans ran 25.6 in the 4x200 and 58.8 in the SMR. Brianna Ewing ran 7.7 in the shuttle hurdles and 26.6 in the 4x200. 

Sydney Tucker ran 26.5 in the 4x200 and 27.1 in the SMR. Felicia Quainoo ran 8.2 in the shuttles and 27.2 in the 4x200. Ashleigh Patterson split 63.1 in the 4x400 and 2:24 in the 4x800. Morgan Williams ran 62.1 in the 4x400 and split 2:24.5 in the 4x800. Angelique Williams ran 8.5 in the shuttles and cleared 5-0 in the high jump. In the shot put, Sophia Martinez threw a 33-1 1/2 and Christina Samuels had a 31-9. 

"The goal was to sweep the track events like we did at the county meet,'' said UC head girls track and field coach Mike McCabe. "We wanted to dominate on the track and go as big as we could in the fields, and just perform at our best. I'm really happy with the way so many girls stepped up for us.''

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