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Track and Field: Union Catholic's Great Performances at the Blue Devil Classic

The Union Catholic girls distance medley relay team finished first at the 30th Blue Devil Classic in Westfield on Saturday, April 21. Credits: Jim Lambert

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union Catholic boys and girls track and field teams produced several great performances at the 30th Blue Devil Classic on Saturday at Gary Kehler in Westfield .

On the girls side, the Vikings won three events and broke three school records.

UC won the shuttle hurdles in a NJ #2 1:02.74, the 4x100 in a NJ# 3 48.69, and the distance medley relay in a NJ # 3 and school record 12:27.90. The old DMR school record of 12:33.09 was set last year. In addition to the DMR school record, the Vikings also broke school records in the three-person team discus and three-person team pole vault.

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In the shuttle hurdles, senior Amaya Chadwick, who returned to the track earlier in the week after a hamstring injury sidelined her for most of the indoor season, led off in 14.0 to put the Vikings ahead to stay. Freshman A'Liyah Thomas had a strong 15.5 leg on the shuttles. Junior Khamil Evans had a strong meet for UC. She ran the third leg on the 4x100 and cranked out a 57.8 in the DMR. Also in the DMR, UC had splits of 3:50.1 from Leena Morant, 2:21.8 from Zamira Ysaac, and 5:17.2 from Jerika Lufrano.   
In the discus, Christine Samuels (102-6), Bella Giacobbe (79-2), and Danielle Torres (63.3) combined for a school record 244-11, breaking the mark of 237-10 set in 2010. In the pole vault, Danielle Rappa cleared a school freshman record 7-6, and Hope Handlin and Isabella Gray also made 7-6 for a school record total of 22-6. Tyler Scott leaped a school senior class record 35-5 3/4 in the triple jump.   

In the boys competition, Uchenna Duru, Conor Reilly, Brandon Patterson and Krishna White all had big days in the field events for Union Catholic. 

Duru launched a personal and meet best 142-5 to spark the Vikings to victory in the discus. Conor Reilly cleared a meet best 14-0 to lead UC to victory in the pole vault, and Patterson had a meet best 54-7 in the shot put. White had meet best performances in both the triple jump (44-7 1/2) and high jump (6-0). White, who led UC to the high jump title, also had some very good attempts at 6-4.    

On the track, UC placed second in the shuttle hurdles in 1:04.05, second in the distance medley in 10:59.86, and fifth in the 4x200 in 1:32.17. In the shuttles, UC's splits were 16.2 for Elijah Abraham, 14.5 for Ryan McLaughlin, 16.5 for Obadare Animashaun, and 16.5 for Brandon Leslie. The DM splits were 3:24.2 for Trevor Garrity, 52.2 for Abraham, 2:02.1 for Elijah Brown, and 4:40.5 for Justin Cadas. In the 4x200, UC had splits of 23.4 from Animashaun, a 22.3 from Daryl Miller, a 22.9 from Christian Albanese, and a 23.7 from Chinedu Okoro. Animashaun, a great all-round athlete, also cleared 11-0 in the pole vault,.

In other highlights, Miller split 51.8, Albanese 23.0 and Okoro 22.4 in the SMR, and Elisha Boamah and Leslie each split 23.6 on UC's B team in the 4x200.   

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