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Track and Field: Union Catholic Girls 4x800 and Boys 4x400 Qualify for Millrose Games

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The Union Catholic foursome of (left to right) Leena Morant, Ashleigh Patterson, Zamira Ysaac, and Morgan Williams combined to win the 4x800 relay in 9:27.45 at the Millrose Games Trials. Credits: Jim Lambert
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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union Catholic girls 4x800 meter relay team dropped a sizzling time of 9:27.45, the top time by a N.J. team this year and No. 2 in the nation, to finish first and the UC boys 4x400 placed third at the Millrose Games Trials on Wednesday night at the New Balance Track and Field Center in New York.

With their performances, both relay teams automatically qualified for the prestigious 111th Millrose Games, scheduled for Feb. 3 at the New Balance Track and Field Center.

Union Catholic also received a ninth-place from Jerika Lufrano in the girls mile in 5:06.1, and Conor Reilly continued his great season in the pole vault by breaking his own school sophomore record with his clearance of 13-8, which is No. 7 in the state this season.

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In the girls 4x800, Union Catholic, which won the race by nearly 15 seconds over Shenendehowa of N.Y., received splits of 2:24.9 from Ashleigh Patterson, 2:22.6 from Morgan Williams, 2:20.9 from Zamira Ysaac, and 2:18.9 from Leena Morant.

The only team in the country that has run faster than UC in the 4x800 is Padua Academy of Delaware (9:20.10). UC9:27.45 is nearly 12 seconds faster than the No. 2 N.J. time run this year of  9:39.02 by Ridge.  

The UC boys 4x400 meter relay team placed third in a NJ #3 3:25.67 to qualify for the Suburban Division race at Millrose Games. The Vikings finished second in its heat to East Orange, which ran a US #1 3:18.15.    

Sharing the baton for UC were Daryl Miller (51.9), Makay Johnson (50.8), Christian Albanese (53.3), and Elijah Brown (49.5).

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