TOMS RIVER, NJ -- The Union Catholic track and field teams opened its season on Saturday with several strong performances at a Watchung Division Pod Meet at the Bennett Center.

The top two finishers in each event automatically qualified for the Union County Series Championship on March 21 at the Bennett Center.  

The Vikings dominated the hurdles as sophomore Alexandra Bonn led a 1-2-3 finish for the girls in the 55-meter hurdles with a winning time of 9.04. Senior A’Liyah Thomas was second in 9.13, and sophomore Ajanae Thompson placed third in 10.07. Thompson, who also finished third in the 55 dash in 7.46, blasted an 8.67 in the trials.

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In the boys 55 hurdles, UC junior Nick Givan picked up the victory with a big personal best of 8.08.

Also for the UC boys, senior Connor Cooper ran 6.88 to place second in the 55 dash, junior Shane Brosnan (a personal best 4:23.20), and junior Myles Plummer (4:23.89) finished 1-2 in the 1,600.

On the girls side, senior Morgan Williams (5:33.25), and junior Abby Granrath (5:36.24)  finished 5-6 in the 1600.

Union Catholic (1600 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains) prepares a diverse student body to fulfill their college and career goals by cultivating the students' achievement of academic standards of excellence within a value-centered environment, strong in its commitment to our core values (respect, responsibility, honesty, compassion, and community), and to the establishment of a community of faith and love in the Catholic tradition. For more information, call (908) 889-1600 or visit www.unioncatholic.org.