JERSEY CITY, NJ -- The Union Catholic girls track and field team produced the most dominant performance in meet history when the Vikings just missed recording a perfect score en route to winning the Union County Relay title for the fifth straight year on Sunday at the Jersey City Armory.
The Vikings won seven of the eight events, including NJ #1 times in the shuttle hurdles and sprint medley relay, and racked up a remarkable meet record 76 points out of possible 80 on the way to a 76-29 victory over runner-up Rahway.
UC won the shuttle hurdles in a NJ #1 32.12, the sprint medley in a NJ #1 4:10.66, the distance medley in 12:34.79, the 4x200 in 1:46.19, the 4x400 in 4:05.67, the 4x800 in 10:04.23, and the high jump at 10-0. The only event UC didn't win was the shot put where the Vikings placed third, led by Sophia Martinez's 35-1 1/4, which was the second best throw of the meet.
Sophomore Leena Morant had a huge day for UC with a 2:15.0 800 anchor split in the SMR, and a 59.2 carry in the 4x400. Jerika Lufrano ripped a 5:05 to anchor the winning DMR team, and Angelique Williams cleared a meet best 5-2 in the high jump.
The Vikings, who now own the top times in N.J. this season in the shuttle hurdles, 4x400, 4x800, SMR amd DMR, will be heavily favored to repeat as champions at this Thursday's Non-Public State Relay Championships at 4 p.m. the Bennett Center in Toms River.