Millville Girls Win First, So. Brunswick Edges EO in Group 4

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The Millville girls rolled to its first title ever, and South Brunswick came up with a clutch fourth-place finish in the 4x400 to edge defending champion East Orange for the boys championship at the NJSIAA Group 4 Relays on Wednesday night at the Bennett Center in Toms River.

Millville, which received a sensational performance from freshman star Bryanna Craig, put together a great all round meet, scoring in six of the nine events, and striking gold in the sprint medley in 4:17.37 (out of the first heat) and the 4x400 in 4:05.49 on its way to 48-28 victory over runner-up Ridge.

In addition to its wins in the 4x400 and SMR, Millville also took second in the shuttles in a NJ#2 31.93,  second in the high jump, third in the shot put, and third in the 4x200m. 

Craig ran on the SMR, 4x400, shuttles, and was on the high jump team. 

One of the biggest highlights of the meet came in the shuttles when Eastern lowered its state lead down to 31.58, which broke the Group 4 meet record of 31.6 set way back in 1986 by Plainfield.

In other girls highlights, freshman Caroline Mehlhorn split 5:02 and change and came from way back on the anchor leg to give Montgomery the victory in the DMR in a NJ#3 12:27.51. was Ridge second in a NJ#4 12:29.71.

Piscataway's Shauntae Nelson split 25.2 on the anchor to give the Chiefs the win right at the line in a great three-way battle. Piscataway won in a NJ#9 1:45.84. Rancocas was 2nd in 1:45.87, and Millville third in 1:45.91.

Ridge won the 4x800m a NJ#2 9:36.31. Morgan Lyons ripped a 2:18.5 split for Ridge.

In the boys competition, it all came down to the meet-concluding 4x400 as South Brunswick held a 28-22 over East Orange with Elizabeth third with 20.

South Brunswick, needing a fourth place in the 4x400 to secure no worse than a tie for the title, did what it had to do by getting fourth place, and it got some help from Middlesex County rival Piscataway, who rallied on the anchor leg to pass East Orange to win the race in 3:26.92. Piscataway junior

Christian Davis went 49.8 on the anchor.

Piscataway's victory gave South Brunswick the title outright with 32 points. EO, second in the 4x400, finished second with 30. If EO won the 4x400, it would have captured a share of the team title.    

South Brunswick, which has now won three state Group 4 titles (it also won in 2013 and 2014, picked up victories in the shuttle hurdles with a Middlesex County record tying 30.94, and the sprint medley, and was second in the high jump.

In the SMR, South Brunswick received a 1:57.2 anchor leg from senior Miles Ligginswho brought the Vikings across first in 3:36.92

In other boys highlights, Elizabeth's anchor caught East Orange to give the Minutemen the win in the 4x200m in Group 4 record 1:31.33. Elizabeth broke its own record of 1:31.49 that they ran last year.   

Memorial won a great battle in the DMR as Francis Martingale anchored in 4:21.7 and stopped the clock at a NJ#5 10:36.79. Cherokee was second in 10:37.06, and Kingsway third in 10:38.53.   

North Hunterdon won the 4x800m in a NJ#6 8:07.98.

State shot put leader Kyle Lipscomb of Linden had the top throw with a 54-10. His best this season is 58-6.  

Girls National Elite Performances

4x200 Meter Relay Finals1:45.84Relay TeamPiscataway Twp HS
4x200 Meter Relay Finals1:45.87Relay TeamRancocas Valley Reg HS
4x200 Meter Relay Finals1:45.91Relay TeamMillville HS
4x200 Meter Relay Finals1:46.95Relay TeamEgg Harbor Twp HS
4x200 Meter Relay Finals1:47.45Relay TeamWest Orange HS
4x200 Meter Relay Finals1:47.52Relay TeamEastern Regional HS
4x200 Meter Relay Finals1:48.09Relay TeamMontclair HS
4x200 Meter Relay Finals1:49.19Relay TeamSouth Brunswick HS
4x400 Meter Relay Finals4:05.49Relay TeamMillville HS
4x400 Meter Relay Finals4:06.43Relay TeamSouthern Regional HS
4x400 Meter Relay Finals4:06.62Relay TeamRidge HS
4x400 Meter Relay Finals4:07.00Relay TeamPiscataway Twp HS
4x400 Meter Relay Finals4:07.24Relay TeamWest Orange HS
4x400 Meter Relay Finals4:08.13Relay TeamLenape Regional HS
4x400 Meter Relay Finals4:09.56Relay TeamElizabeth HS
4x51.5m Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals31.58Relay TeamEastern Regional HS
4x51.5m Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals31.93Relay TeamMillville HS
4x51.5m Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals33.07Relay TeamWest Orange HS
4x51.5m Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals33.29Relay TeamRancocas Valley Reg HS
4x51.5m Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals33.36Relay TeamMontgomery HS
4x51.5m Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals33.43Relay TeamHunterdon Central HS
4x51.5m Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals34.17Relay TeamSouth Brunswick HS
4x800 Meter Relay Finals9:36.31Relay TeamRidge HS
4x800 Meter Relay Finals9:49.58Relay TeamWest Windsor Plainsboro South HS
4x800 Meter Relay Finals9:51.31Relay TeamLenape Regional HS
4x800 Meter Relay Finals9:52.19Relay TeamSouthern Regional HS
4x800 Meter Relay Finals9:53.59Relay TeamKingsway HS
4x800 Meter Relay Finals9:59.53Relay TeamCherokee HS
4x800 Meter Relay Finals10:00.81Relay TeamEdison HS
Distance Medley Relay Finals12:27.51Relay TeamMontgomery HS
Distance Medley Relay Finals12:29.71Relay TeamRidge HS
Distance Medley Relay Finals12:37.90Relay TeamSouth Brunswick HS
Distance Medley Relay Finals12:45.86Relay TeamCherokee HS
High Jump Finals5-4Izabel FroncFreehold Township HS
High Jump Finals5-6Abrianna BarrettMontgomery HS
Pole Vault Finals11-0Sabrina RaySouth Brunswick HS
Shot Put Finals39-2.5Symone MarshHillsborough HS
Shot Put Finals39-11.25Bryanna WilsonHowell HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals4:17.37Relay TeamMillville HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals4:17.70Relay TeamSouth Brunswick HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals4:19.95Relay TeamMontclair HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals4:22.38Relay TeamMontgomery HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals4:22.55Relay TeamEastern Regional HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals4:23.11Relay TeamEgg Harbor Twp HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals4:23.65Relay TeamWest Orange HS

Boys National Elite Performances

4x200 Meter Relay Finals1:31.33Relay TeamElizabeth HS
4x200 Meter Relay Finals1:32.61Relay TeamEast Orange Campus
4x200 Meter Relay Finals1:34.27Relay TeamHunterdon Central HS
4x400 Meter Relay Finals3:26.92Relay TeamPiscataway Twp HS
4x400 Meter Relay Finals3:28.54Relay TeamEast Orange Campus
4x400 Meter Relay Finals3:30.04Relay TeamElizabeth HS
4x55 Meter Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals30.94Relay TeamSouth Brunswick HS
4x55 Meter Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals31.36Relay TeamRancocas Valley Reg HS
4x55 Meter Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals31.63Relay TeamToms River North HS
4x55 Meter Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals31.79Relay TeamElizabeth HS
4x55 Meter Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals31.99Relay TeamVineland HS
4x55 Meter Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals32.03Relay TeamEgg Harbor Twp HS
4x800 Meter Relay Finals8:07.98Relay TeamNorth Hunterdon HS
4x800 Meter Relay Finals8:08.42Relay TeamRancocas Valley Reg HS
4x800 Meter Relay Finals8:10.35Relay TeamRidge HS
4x800 Meter Relay Finals8:13.00Relay TeamKingsway HS
Distance Medley Relay Finals10:36.79Relay TeamMemorial HS WNY
Distance Medley Relay Finals10:37.06Relay TeamCherokee HS
Distance Medley Relay Finals10:38.53Relay TeamKingsway HS
High Jump Finals6-6Christian O'NealTrenton Central HS
Pole Vault Finals14-6Jake StockiEast Brunswick HS
Shot Put Finals54-10Kyle LipscombLinden HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals3:36.92Relay TeamSouth Brunswick HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals3:38.77Relay TeamToms River North HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals3:40.56Relay TeamWashington Twp HS
Sprint Medley Relay Finals3:42.74Relay TeamEast Orange Campus