Scotch Plains Wins First, Winslow Shines at Group 3 Relays


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The NJSIAA Group 3 State Relay Championships did not disappoint! The Winslow girls won their second straight championship with strong performances on and off the track. The Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys secured their victory with a dramatic 4x400m win over second place Hamilton North. 

We'll start on the girls side of things. Winslow won the shuttle hurdles, 32.14, 4x200m, 1:45.17, and 4x400m, 4:04.89 on the way to their 41 point total and 15 point lead. Those 10 point wins were complimented by a third place finish in the high jump relay, a fourth place in the SMR, and a sixth place run in the 4x800m. 

Woodbridge went home with gold medals in the SMR running 4:15.14. In the high jump relay Timber Creek cleared 9-10, Tierra Hooker 5-04 and Chastiney Pearson 4-06

The Toms River East girls won two field events. They threw a total distance of 73-05.5 to take the shot put relay, Rachel Lavigne 39-06 and Kacey Lombard 33-11.5. Then in the pole vault relay they had a total height of 17-06, Michele Meyers 9-00 and Alyssa Ott 8-06.

If Winslow ruled the sprints and hurdles then Colts Neck ruled the distance events, they won the DMR with a time of 12:33.60 NJ#4 and also took home the 4x800m at 9:52.68. 

Now to the boys meet, Scotch Plains-Fanwood won their first State Relay team title in school history and they did so with gold medals in just one event. That one gold medal run was an important one, they entered the 4x400m up by 6.5 points and needed to place fourth or above to make sure Hamilton North couldn't pass them in the team scores even if they won the race. 

Well Scotch Plains said in their interview they never thought about settling for fourth, in their mind you race to win and after making up a ton of ground late in the race they did just that! They left no doubt about their team title crossing the 4x400m finish first at 3:30.82. 

Along with that win they gained second place finishes in the shuttle, 32.25, and distance medley 11:00.10. Were third in the pole vault, 22-06, fourth in the 4x200m at 1:35.42, and tied for sixth in the high jump 11-02. 

Hamilton North was second in the team score with 28 points. They won the shuttle hurdles, 31.38, and the 4x200m, 1:32.45. Summit had a strong run in the DMR clocking in a 10:55.68. Snyder found victory in the SMR running 3:44.99. There was also an exciting comeback in the 4x800m where Yarayah Hawkins split 1:56 to bring his team to first at 8:18.91. 

High jump was won by Middletown South with a total height of 12-02, Mark Anselmi over the 6-06 bar, Jonathan Nixon 5-08. Shot put went to Red Bank Regional with a total distance of 102-03.25, Brendan Loftus 54-02.5 and Ryan McCarthy 48-01. Hammonton took home the pole vault relay title at 24-00, Robert Gardner 12-06 and Luke McBrearty 11-06.


National Elite Performances

Girls 

4x200 Meter Relay Finals1:45.17Relay TeamWinslow Twp HS
4x200 Meter Relay Finals1:46.22Relay TeamPennsauken HS
4x200 Meter Relay Finals1:48.37Relay TeamTimber Creek Reg. HS
4x200 Meter Relay Finals1:48.79Relay TeamWoodbridge HS
4x200 Meter Relay Finals1:49.24Relay TeamSnyder HS
4x400 Meter Relay Finals4:04.89Relay TeamWinslow Twp HS
4x400 Meter Relay Finals4:07.80Relay TeamPennsauken HS
4x400 Meter Relay Finals4:09.14Relay TeamWest Windsor-Plainsboro North HS
4x400 Meter Relay Finals4:09.40Relay TeamTimber Creek Reg. HS
4x51.5m Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals32.14Relay TeamWinslow Twp HS
4x51.5m Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals33.40Relay TeamBrick Memorial HS
4x51.5m Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals33.47Relay TeamMiddletown North HS
4x51.5m Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals33.92Relay TeamSummit HS
4x51.5m Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals34.10Relay TeamChatham HS
4x800 Meter Relay Finals9:52.68Relay TeamColts Neck HS
Distance Medley Relay Finals12:33.60Relay TeamColts Neck HS
Distance Medley Relay Finals12:45.42Relay TeamMiddletown South HS
High Jump Finals5-4Tierra HookerTimber Creek Reg. HS
Shot Put Finals39-6Rachel LavigneToms River East HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals4:15.14Relay TeamWoodbridge HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals4:19.11Relay TeamHighland Reg HS


Boys

4x200 Meter Relay Finals1:32.45Relay TeamHamilton North - Nottingham
4x200 Meter Relay Finals1:33.46Relay TeamWest Windsor-Plainsboro North HS
4x400 Meter Relay Finals3:30.82Relay TeamScotch Plains-Fanwood HS
4x55 Meter Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals31.38Relay TeamHamilton North - Nottingham
4x800 Meter Relay Finals8:18.91Relay TeamHighland Reg HS
4x800 Meter Relay Finals8:21.30Relay TeamMorris Hills HS
High Jump Finals6-6Mark AnselmiMiddletown South HS
High Jump Finals6-6Diomari GordonTimber Creek Reg. HS
Shot Put Finals54-2.25Brendan LoftusRed Bank Regional HS


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