Tucker, Plummer, Serrao, Thompson Lead NJ At New Balance


Some of New Jersey's biggest stars, led by Bryce Tucker, Myles Plummer, Chris Serrao, and Ajanae Thompson produced scintillating performances at the New Balance Games on Saturday at the New York Armory.

Tucker, a junior at Pennsauken, and Plummer, a senior at Union Catholic, each blasted US No. 3 times to win their respective races. Tucker, who won the 400-meter hurdles at the Meet of Champions last spring, captured the 600 in 1:20.79, which is No. 13 n state history! Plummer hammered out a victory in the 1,000m in 2:28.95, which places him No. 17 in state history.

The Rutgers-bound Serrao of East Brunswick, who won the 110m hurdles at the Meet of Champions last June, ran a PR and NJ No. 2/US No. 9 time of 7.48 to finish first in the 55 hurdles.   

Max Zuckerman of Pascack Valley continued his great season in the pole vault by clearing 15-0 to win that event.

Girls Highlights

  • Lauren Cashman of Montgomery, the state's top pole vaulter, won her specialty when she made 12-0.
  • Scotch Plains-Fanwood won the 4x800 relay with a US No. 6 time of 9:27.63. The splits for SPF were 2:17.52 for Julia Jackson, 2:33.02 for Gabby Crona (2:33.03), 2:19.42 for Grace Kennedy, and 2:17.7 for Jenai Berry.
  • Union Catholic's Thompson and Taylor Cox each came up with impressive victories. Thompson, who was second as sophomore in the 100m hurdles at the Meet of Champions last spring, took over the state lead in the 55 hurdles by winning that race in 8.23, which is No. 8 in the country this season.  Cox, a freshman won the 55 dash in a NJ No. 4 7.23.
  • Olivia Prescott of West Orange, another Rutgers recruit, won the shot put with a throw of 40-0.75.
  • Rancocas Valley finished first in the 4x400 in 4:03.52, the third fastest time in the state this winter.   
  • Alexandra Bonn of Union Catholic soared a NJ No. 1 35-10.50 to place second in the triple jump and also finished second in the ling jump with a 17-3.