TOMS RIVER, NJ -- The Union Catholic girls left no doubt that they are still the top program in the state after putting together the most dominant performance in meet history at Thursday's Non-Public A Relay Championships at the Bennett Center.
For the second straight year, the UC girls won all six races races on the track on the way to its fifth straight title as the Vikings racked up a remarkable meet record total of 82 points. The 82 points, just eight points away from a perfect score of 90, broke the girls meet record of 72 points that UC scored last year.
The Vikings, who outscored runner-up Paramus Catholic by 40 points, dropped two state-leading times as several athletes shined.
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In the distance medley relay, Leena Morant ran a 2:16.6 800 leg and Jerika Lufrano anchored with a 5:04.7 carry, including a 2:25 second 800, to bring the Vikings across first in 12:19.84, the No. 1 time in the state this seasn and the seventh fastest in the nation.
UC also ran the top time in the state and No. 7 time in the nation this season in the 4x800 with a winning time of 9:35.30 as Lufrano anchored in 2:19.3.
Union Catholic also won the shuttle hurdles in 32.09, the 4x200 in 1:46.04, the SMR in 4:17.85, the 4x400 in 4:04.11, and the high jump.
For UC, Zamira Ysaac had splits of 7.7 in the hurdles, 2:23.6 in the 4x800, and 61.1 in the 4x400. Sydney Tucker ran 60.6 in the 4x400 and 25.4 in the 4x200, Felicia Quainoo split 7.9 in the hurdles and 26.5 in the 4x200, Chi Chi Nkulume ran 58.6 for 400 in the SMR, A'Liyah Thomas ran 26.4 in the SMR and cleared 4-10 in the high jump.
In the field, Angelique Williams cleared a meet best 5-2 in the high jump for UC, and Hope Handlin had the top pole vault mark of the meet by matching her PR and school record of 11-0 to help UC place second.