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Track & Field: Union Catholic Shines at New Balance National Championships

Elijah Brown helped lead the Union Catholic boys to All-American honors in both sprint medley relay races at the New Blaance National Championships this past weekend in Greensboro, N.C. Credits: Jim Lambert

GREENSBORO, NC --  The Union Catholic boys and girls track and field teams concluded its season with several sparkling performances at the New Balance National Championship, which came to a close on Sunday at Aggie Stadium on the campus of North Carolina A&T.  

The biggest highlight for the Vikings came when the girls placed fourth in the shuttle hurdles in a school and NJ state record 58.30. The UC girls also finished ninth in the distance medley relay in a school record and a NJ #2 12:09.53, and finished ninth in a school record and NJ #4 47.38.

In the DMR, junior Alexandra Borik led off in 3:46.91. Freshman Avery Jordan followed with a 1:00.98 400 carry. Sophomore Leena Morant then ran 2:18.94 in the 800, and junior Jerika Lufrano anchored in 5:02.72. The 12:09.53 shattered the school record of 12:17.53 that the Vikings ran at April's Blue Devil Relays in Westfield

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In the 4x100, Kira Alexander, Sydney Tucker, Khamil Evans, and Felicia Quianoo combined to run 47.38, breaking the school record of 47.42 that the Vikings ran at the Penn Relays in April.

UC also placed sixth in the 800 sprint medley in 1:46.13, and ninth in the 1,600 sprint medley relay in a NJ #2 4:03.66.

In the boys competition, Union Catholic earned All-American honors in both sprint medley relays.

In the 800 SMR, sophomore Elijah Brown anchored with a 400 carry of 48.87 to bring UC across first in its heat and third overall in 1:31.97. Christian Albanese, Daryl Miller and Makay Johnson ran the first three legs for UC.

In the 1,600 SMR, Miller and Johnson ran the 200 leg's, Brown ran the 400, and Justin Cadas anchored with a 1:55.40 split as the Vikings placed fifth in 3:28.61. 

The 1:31.87 and 3:28.61 are both the fastest times run by a New Jersey team this season. 
In other highlights, Brandon Patterson placed 18th in the championship shot put with a throw of 58-1 and was seventh in the Emerging Elite discus with a 155-4. Conor Rellly  finished 27th in the championship pole vault competition by clearing 13-9 3/4. Uchenna Duru placed sixth in the Emerging Elite discus with a throw of 155-5.    

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