SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A'Liyah Thomas was a double winner, Tyhir Jones and Chi Chi Nkulume ran the fastest 400 times in the state this season, Elijah Brown won the 800-meter run, and Oluwafemi Asenuga shined for the Union Catholic track and field team at Saturday's Bullis Invitational at the New York Armory.  

Thomas finished first in the girls high jump (5-4) and the long jump (an NJ#5 17-9 1/2). Jones dropped the fastest time in the state this season with his personal best 49.41 in the boys 400 to place third, and  finished fourth in the 22.60. Nkulume finished second in the 400 in a NJ#1 56.89, and fifth in the 200 in 25.42.  

Brown won the boys two-lapper in 1:56.26, the third fastest time in the state this season, and split 49.21 on the third-place 4x400 (3:30.29). Asenuga won the long jump with a leap of 21-2, finished second in the high jump at 5-2, and was sixth in the 60 hurdles in 8.64.         
The UC girls also picked up a victory in the 4x400 relay in 3:59.43, and Justin Lopez  cleared 12-0 to win the boys pole vault.

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The Vikings had several other impressive performances:

  • Abby Granrath placed second in the girls mile in a personal best 5:12.18.
  • Myles Plummer placed third in the boys 800 in 1:57.62 and ran 51.7 on the 4x400.
  • Morgan Williams, who ran a 59.15 leg in the 4x400, led a 4-5-6-7 finish for the UC girls in the 800 in a NJ# 2:17.87.
  • Isabella Gray finished second in the pole vault with a 10-6, Alexandra Bonn placed third in the long jump with a 17-4.
  • Felicia Quainoo finished third in the triple jump (35-10 1/4) and sixth in the 60 hurdles in 8.94.  

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