PLAINFIELD, NJ -- The Union Catholic girls won its fourth straight title and the boys placed second at Thursday's Union County Track & Field Championships at Hub Stine Field in Plainfield.
In the girls competition, Zamira Ysaac and Sydney Tucker each scored victories and several other Vikings came up with huge performances to spark the Vikings to a 115 1/4-86 victory over runner-up Westfield.
Tucker, a sophomore, had the best meet of career. She captured the 100 dash in a personal best 12.29, leaped a personal best 17-5 1/2 to place fourth in the long jump, and she was sixth in the 200 in 25.42, also a personal best.
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Ysaac, a sophomore, won the 400 hurdles in 1:03.15 and was sixth in the 400 in 59.21.
Several other Vikings came up big to help the team continue its dominance in the county.
Junior Khamil Evans was second in both the 200 (24.89) and 400 (55.87). Leena Morant finished second in the 800 in 2:13.38. Felicia Quianoo ran a PR of 14.81 to place second in the 100 hurdles. Alexandra Borik dropped a huge personal best of 5:13.27 to place fourth in the 1,600. That's 19 seconds better than her previous best. Asiah Cooper placed second in the long jump with an 18-1. Freshman A'Liyah Thomas ran a PR of 15.68 to finish fourth in the 100 hurdles and soared a PR of 17-7 to place third in the long jump.
In the boys competition, Elijah Brown, Krishna White, and Brandon Patterson all won titles to help spark the short-handed UC boys team to a runner-up finish.
The Vikings, who weren't at full strength because many athletes attended the prom, still almost won the team title, finishing just four and half points behind Elizabeth, 81.50 to 77.
Brown, who won the 400 at the county meet as a freshman last year, added the 800 title to his impressive resume with a personal best time of 1:57.08. White,
White, a senior, won the first county title of his career by clearing 6-2 to capture the high jump. He also went 21-5 to place fourth in the long jump.
Patterson, a senior who won the county shot put title indoors, won his first county outdoor title in the shot put with a throw of 55-0 1/2.
Several other Vikings turned in a strong performances.
Justin Jimerson unloaded a personal best of 168-4 to finish second in the javelin. Justin Cadas placed second in the 1,600 in a personal best 4:24.02. Conor Reilly was second in the pole vault at 13-0. Daryl Miller ran 11.04 to place fourth in the 100. Ryan McLaughlin was third in the long jump with a personal best 21-6, and fifth in the 110 hurdles in 14.88 (14.52 in the trials). Trevor Garrity was sixth in the 1,600 in a personal best 4:33.34, and junior Ray Lestarchick continued his breakout season by unloading a big personal best of 111-0 in the discus to place 13th
The Vikings will be back in action on Monday and Tuesday at the NJSIAA, South Jersey Non-Public A Sectional Championships at Donovan Catholic in Toms River.