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

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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
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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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