Track and Field: Union Catholic Sweeps Team Titles at Union County Conference Championships

Union Catholic swept the team titles in the Watchung Division at the Union County Conference Championships at Gov. Livingston High School. Credits: Photo courtesy of Union Catholic

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- The Union Catholic track and field teams extended their long winning streaks by sweeping the team titles at the Union County Conference Championships, which concluded on Friday at Gov. Livingston High School.

Competing in the Watchung Division, the boys captured its ninth straight title,142-93 over runner-up Elizabeth. The girls racked up 199 points to defeat Westfield by 99 points to win its fifth straight championship. 

In the boys competition for UC, Conor Reilly broke a state record, and Justin Cadas, Ryan McLaughlin, Daryl Miller, and Krishna White all captured titles.  

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Reilly won the pole vault by clearing 14-9 1/4 on his final attempt to break the state sophomore record of 14-9 set in 1981 by Ray Maragni of Seton Hall Prep  Reilly's 14-9 1/4 is the No. 2 vault in N.J. this season.
McLaughlin won the 110 hurdles in 1463, Cadas captured the 800 in 1:56.60, Miller was first in the 200 with a PR of 22.31, and White won the triple jump with a PR of 46-9 1/2 and the high jump (6-2), and was second in the long jump with a PR of 21-0. And the 4x400 relay team finished first in a NJ #10 3:21.47.

In other highlights, Miller was second in the 100 in 11.36, Elijah Brown was third in the 400 in 49.29 and fourth in the 800 with a huge PR of 1:57.83, Brandon Patterson placed third in both the shot put (53-11) and third in the discus (157-3), Justin Jimerson placed second in the javelin with a 160-11, and Uchenna Duru placed fourth in the discus with a PR of 157-0 and was fourth in the shot put with a 50-1.

On the girls side, Zamira Ysaac and Khamil Evans had huge meets for the Vikings.

Ysaac, a sophomore, smashed the meet record and PR with a winning time of 1:02.46, the second fastest time in the state this season, and ran 2:18.17 to lead a a 1-2-3 finish for UC. Ashleigh Patterson was second in a PR of 2:18.55, and Morgan Jackson placed third in 2:21.53.    

Evans, a junior, won the 400 in a meet record 56.18, No. 6 in the state this season, and placed first in the 200 in 25.06.

Also for the Vikings, Jerika Lufrano won the 3,200 in 11:06.07, Martinez won the discus (102-2) and was second in the shot put (35-4 1/2), Asiah Cooper finished first in the triple jump with a 37-1, and Alexandra Kwasnik cleared 5-2 to win the high jump, and the 4x400 team ran 3:57.97 to finish first. 

Union Catholic will be back in action at the Union County Championships on Wednesday and Thursday at Hub Stine Field in Plainfield.  


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