The Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys won their first Group State Title in their school's history on Saturday during the Group 3 Championships. On the girls side Winslow Twp powered their way to their second straight victory, their sixth title in the past eight years and ninth all-time. That ninth title moves Winslow up to second all-time in State history, only behind Columbia's leading total of 10.
The Winslow title was partly orchestrated by a two win showcase by star senior Tionna Tobias who brought in the 55m dash and hurdles 10 point wins running 7.23 and 8.20. She was also fourth in the high jump clearing 5-0. They also saw points from Janeya Hammond who was fifth in the 55m dash and third in the 400m running 59.43.
Jaia James scored sixth for the 55m dash as well, and their 4x400m team closed the meet out with a win at 4:01.40. They totaled 43 points after the ten event meet concluded.
For the Scotch Plains boys their 39 to 29 victory over second overall Hamilton North was the first in their history. Jacob Leigh opened the meet up with a win in the 400m running 50.56, he would also earn third in the 55m dash at 6.56. In the hurdles Kyle Estivene ran to fourth with a time of 7.77 after advancing out of prelims ranked seventh.
The distance runners also got the job done, Brandon Garcia ran to second in the 1600m with a season best 4:26.21 and Ben Fleischer earned a point in sixth during the 3200m running 9:42.20. They closed the meet out with a win in the 4x400m securing the team victory at 3:30.58.
Other Highlights from the meet...
Jack Stanley won the 1600m at 4:18.12, the third fastest of the entire weekend. Yarayah Hawkins of Highland Reg won the 800m running 1:58.40 after a big kick. Liam Murphy scored an upset win in the 3200m at 9:14.93. Hamilton North, who were second as a team, saw two winners with Louis Akpadago running 6.47 in the 55m dash and Alix Oge the 55m hurdles at 7.55.
Jade Pope of Pennsauken won the 400m running 58.49. Sarah Adams of Ramapo took home the 800m at 2:18.23. Clearing 5-06 Tierra Hooker of Timber Creek won the indoor Group 3 high jump for the third straight year, she was also second in the hurdles at 8.23.
Some pretty big names from this Group that we won't see at MOCs for certain events. A past Meet of Champions winner, Abby Loveys of Randolph came down with the flu and wasn't able to compete, she would have likely contended for the 1600m and or 3200m. Also the State's top hurdler Grace O'Shea unfortunately lost balance during the prelims for the 55m hurdles and did not make it to advance in that event, we will see her compete in the 55m dash however.
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