Union Catholic Sweeps Titles at Union County Championships

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Union Catholic's dominance at the Union County Track and Field Championships continued on Saturday when the Vikings swept the team titles for the second straight year at the Jersey City Armory. 

It's the sixth straight title for the UC girls, which rolled to a 115-47 victory over runner-up Kent Place. The UC boys outscored cross-town rival Scotch Plains, 62-50, for its second championship in a row.

Union Catholic also swept the team titles at the county relays earlier this month. 

In the girls competition, UC lit up the track with several sizzling performances.  

Sydney Tucker blasted an NJ#2 7.13 to win the 55 dash and ran on the winning 4x400 that went 4:03.45.

Jerika Lufrano won the 1,600 in 5:13.04 and the 3,200 in 11:13.44. Felicia Quainoo won the 55 hurdles in 8.45. Leena Morant finished first in the 800 in 2:19.49 and was fourth in the 400 (58.34). Chidumga Nkulume was second in both the 55 dash (7.28) and the 400 (57.86). Morgan Williams ran on the winning 4x400 and was second in the 800 (2:20.04). Zamira Ysaac ran on the 4x400 and was fourth in the 800 (2:23.49), and Angelique Williams cleared 5-4 to place second in the high jump.  

In the boys competition, Elijah Brown and Myles Plummer led the charge for Union Catholic.

Brown, a junior, won the 800 in a NJ#5 1:57.92 and the 400 in 49.91, and ran on the third-place 4x400. Plummer, a freshman, capured the 1,600 in 4:32.23 and was third in the 3,200 in 9:56.74. Also for UC, Ryan McLaughlin was third in the 55 hurdles in 7.73, Uchenna Duru took third in the shot put (47-9 3/4), Oluwafemi Asenuga was third in the high jump (5-8), Elijah Abraham placed sixth in the 55 hurdles and ran on the relay, and Matt Granizo placed sixth in the 3,200 in 10:14.27.    

In other highlights, Kaira Brown of Kent Place repeated as champion in the girls 400m with a NJ#2 and flat track PR of 56.93. Guinove Joanus of Elizabeth won the boys 55 dash in a NJ#4 6.51. Jaheem Hayles of Roselle finished fifth in the 55m hurdles in a NJ#5 7.56. Elizabeth won the boys 4x400 in a NJ#7 3:28.12. NJ #1 shot putter Kyle Lipscomb of Linden won the boys shot put with a 54-10 1/2. He leads the state with a 58-6.