The Union Catholic track and field teams owned the Union County Relays on Saturday as the Vikings threw down several sizzling performances, highlighted by a state record in the girls 4x200, on the way to sweep of the team titles at Gary Kehler Stadium in Westfield.
The UC girls simply tore apart the track with a performance for the ages as the Vikings put together the greatest showing in meet history and one of the best by any team in any county in state history. UC shattered five meets records on the track on the way to its third straight title, 125-58 over runner-up Westfield.
On the boys side, UC outscored runner-up Elizabeth, 116-84, to win its 6th title in the past 7 years. Full results of the meet
The most impressive performance of the meet came in the girls 4x200 where Uc's Sydney McLaughlin led off with a 23.2 split. Khamil Evans followed with a 24.3. Then Amaya Chadwick went 24.7 and Sydney Tucker anchored in 25.2 to stop the clock at 1:37.53. That erased the 14-year-old state record of 1:37.77 set in 2003 by Franklin, and is No. 14 in the nation this season.
The girls also won the 4x100 in a meet record and NJ #2 47.72, the 4x400 in a meet record 3:51.48, the shuttle hurdles in a NJ #1 and meet record 59.46, the sprint medley in a NJ #1 and meet record 4:03.67, the triple jump, the 400 hurdles, the high jump, and the long jump. The Vikings also placed second in the 4x800 (9:29.75), second in the 4x1,600 (22:28.25).
In the boys competition, lots of Vikings came up with personal best performances to ignite the attack.
Justin Cadas split 4:27 on the 4th place distance medley relay, 1:57.0 on the winning 4x800, and 4:27.5 on the first-place 4x1,600.
Ryan McLaughlin continued his breakout sophomore season with personal bests of 55.16 in the 400 hurdles and 20-4 in the long jump, and he also split 50.1 on the runner-up 4x400, and had a very strong leg on the winning shuttle hurdles (1:01.62).
Brandon Patterson came up huge in the field with personal best throws of 53-6 in the shot put and 134-7 in the discus, which was a 20 foot PR. Uchenna Duru also had a huge PR of 121-7 to help UC place 2nd in the discus.
Krishna White came up with a four foot PR of 46-1 in the triple jump and went 6-0 in the high jump. Isaac Eason cleared a PR of 6-0 in the high jump, and Conor Reilly had PR's of 13-0 in the pole vault and 39-9 in the triple.
Elite Performances From This Meet
49 performances met the MileSplit US Second Team standard.
|4x100 Meter Relay Finals||47.72||Relay Team||Union Catholic Reg. HS|
|4x100 Meter Relay Finals||47.92||Relay Team||Union HS|
|4x100 Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals||59.46||Relay Team||Union Catholic Reg. HS|
|4x100 Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals||1:06.00||Relay Team||Summit HS|
|4x100 Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals||1:08.38||Relay Team||Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS|
|4x1600 Meter Relay Finals||21:55.98||Relay Team||Westfield HS|
|4x200 Meter Relay Finals||1:37.53||Relay Team||Union Catholic Reg. HS|
|4x200 Meter Relay Finals||1:40.64||Relay Team||Summit HS|
|4x400 Meter Relay Finals||3:51.48||Relay Team||Union Catholic Reg. HS|
|4x800 Meter Relay Finals||9:27.79||Relay Team||Governor Livingston HS|
|4x800 Meter Relay Finals||9:29.75||Relay Team||Union Catholic Reg. HS|
|4x800 Meter Relay Finals||9:35.42||Relay Team||Westfield HS|
|Long Jump Finals||17-10.5||Nyamekye Opoku-Agyemang||Union HS|
|Pole Vault Finals||11-0||Leah Saifi||Governor Livingston HS|
|Shot Put Finals||38-7.5||Jaida West||Rahway HS|
|Sprint Medley Relay Finals||4:03.67||Relay Team||Union Catholic Reg. HS|
|Sprint Medley Relay Finals||4:13.95||Relay Team||Governor Livingston HS|
|Sprint Medley Relay Finals||4:24.20||Relay Team||Summit HS|
|Sprint Medley Relay Finals||4:24.79||Relay Team||Cranford HS|
|Sprint Medley Relay Finals||4:25.25||Relay Team||Union HS|
|Triple Jump Finals||36-4||Tyler Scott||Union Catholic Reg. HS|
|400 Meter Hurdles Finals||54.04||Andrew Aguilera||Governor Livingston HS|
|400 Meter Hurdles Finals||55.16||Ryan McLaughlin||Union Catholic Reg. HS|
|4x110 Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals||1:01.62||Relay Team||Union Catholic Reg. HS|
|4x200 Meter Relay Finals||1:29.71||Relay Team||Elizabeth HS|
|4x400 Meter Relay Finals||3:19.33||Relay Team||Rahway HS|
|4x400 Meter Relay Finals||3:20.72||Relay Team||Union Catholic Reg. HS|
|4x400 Meter Relay Finals||3:21.14||Relay Team||Westfield HS|
|4x800 Meter Relay Finals||7:59.96||Relay Team||Union Catholic Reg. HS|
|4x800 Meter Relay Finals||8:07.90||Relay Team||Summit HS|
|4x800 Meter Relay Finals||8:09.30||Relay Team||Rahway HS|
|4x800 Meter Relay Finals||8:09.35||Relay Team||Elizabeth HS|
|Discus Finals||150-3||Izuchukwu Mozie||Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS|
|Discus Finals||183-10||Jordan West||Rahway HS|
|Distance Medley Relay Finals||10:36.91||Relay Team||Summit HS|
|Distance Medley Relay Finals||10:38.83||Relay Team||Westfield HS|
|Distance Medley Relay Finals||10:40.89||Relay Team||Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS|
|Shot Put Finals||53-7||Brandon Patterson||Union Catholic Reg. HS|
|Shot Put Finals||63-4||Jordan West||Rahway HS|
|Sprint Medley Relay Finals||3:33.44||Relay Team||Union HS|
|Sprint Medley Relay Finals||3:34.30||Relay Team||Elizabeth HS|
|Sprint Medley Relay Finals||3:37.08||Relay Team||Union Catholic Reg. HS|
|Sprint Medley Relay Finals||3:38.42||Relay Team||New Providence HS|
|Sprint Medley Relay Finals||3:38.43||Relay Team||Westfield HS|
|Sprint Medley Relay Finals||3:40.86||Relay Team||Rahway HS|
|Sprint Medley Relay Finals||3:43.96||Relay Team||Summit HS|
|Sprint Medley Relay Finals||3:44.61||Relay Team||A. L. Johnson HS|
|Triple Jump Finals||46-1||Krishna White||Union Catholic Reg. HS|
|Triple Jump Finals||47-3.5||Dodley Thermitus||Elizabeth HS|