State Record Falls as Union Catholic Sweeps Union County Relays

Full Results | Photos by Ruben Rivera

Article by Jim Lambert - 

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 Finals47.72Relay TeamUnion Catholic Reg. HS
4x100 Meter Relay Finals47.92Relay TeamUnion HS
4x100 Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals59.46Relay TeamUnion Catholic Reg. HS
4x100 Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals1:06.00Relay TeamSummit HS
4x100 Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals1:08.38Relay TeamScotch Plains-Fanwood HS
4x1600 Meter Relay Finals21:55.98Relay TeamWestfield HS
4x200 Meter Relay Finals1:37.53Relay TeamUnion Catholic Reg. HS
4x200 Meter Relay Finals1:40.64Relay TeamSummit HS
4x400 Meter Relay Finals3:51.48Relay TeamUnion Catholic Reg. HS
4x800 Meter Relay Finals9:27.79Relay TeamGovernor Livingston HS
4x800 Meter Relay Finals9:29.75Relay TeamUnion Catholic Reg. HS
4x800 Meter Relay Finals9:35.42Relay TeamWestfield HS
Long Jump Finals17-10.5Nyamekye Opoku-AgyemangUnion HS
Pole Vault Finals11-0Leah SaifiGovernor Livingston HS
Shot Put Finals38-7.5Jaida WestRahway HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals4:03.67Relay TeamUnion Catholic Reg. HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals4:13.95Relay TeamGovernor Livingston HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals4:24.20Relay TeamSummit HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals4:24.79Relay TeamCranford HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals4:25.25Relay TeamUnion HS
Triple Jump Finals36-4Tyler ScottUnion Catholic Reg. HS
400 Meter Hurdles Finals54.04Andrew AguileraGovernor Livingston HS
400 Meter Hurdles Finals55.16Ryan McLaughlinUnion Catholic Reg. HS
4x110 Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals1:01.62Relay TeamUnion Catholic Reg. HS
4x200 Meter Relay Finals1:29.71Relay TeamElizabeth HS
4x400 Meter Relay Finals3:19.33Relay TeamRahway HS
4x400 Meter Relay Finals3:20.72Relay TeamUnion Catholic Reg. HS
4x400 Meter Relay Finals3:21.14Relay TeamWestfield HS
4x800 Meter Relay Finals7:59.96Relay TeamUnion Catholic Reg. HS
4x800 Meter Relay Finals8:07.90Relay TeamSummit HS
4x800 Meter Relay Finals8:09.30Relay TeamRahway HS
4x800 Meter Relay Finals8:09.35Relay TeamElizabeth HS
Discus Finals150-3Izuchukwu MozieScotch Plains-Fanwood HS
Discus Finals183-10Jordan WestRahway HS
Distance Medley Relay Finals10:36.91Relay TeamSummit HS
Distance Medley Relay Finals10:38.83Relay TeamWestfield HS
Distance Medley Relay Finals10:40.89Relay TeamScotch Plains-Fanwood HS
Shot Put Finals53-7Brandon PattersonUnion Catholic Reg. HS
Shot Put Finals63-4Jordan WestRahway HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals3:33.44Relay TeamUnion HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals3:34.30Relay TeamElizabeth HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals3:37.08Relay TeamUnion Catholic Reg. HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals3:38.42Relay TeamNew Providence HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals3:38.43Relay TeamWestfield HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals3:40.86Relay TeamRahway HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals3:43.96Relay TeamSummit HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals3:44.61Relay TeamA. L. Johnson HS
Triple Jump Finals46-1Krishna WhiteUnion Catholic Reg. HS
Triple Jump Finals47-3.5Dodley ThermitusElizabeth HS