Scotch Plains Girls Rock The 400 At The Varsity Classic


While the biggest bomb at Monday's Varsity Classic was dropped by Union Catholic's state record-breaking DMR crew, there were several other New Jersey athletes who torched the track at the Armory's New Balance Track and Field Center in New York.         

In case you missed our story about Union Catholic's stunning state record and US No. 7 all-time 10:01.75 in the boys DMR, you can read it right here

Here is a look at all the other NJ highlights. 

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood trio of senior Julia Jackson, senior Grace Kennedy, and junior Jenai Berry put on a remarkable show in the girls 400, going 1-2-3 with the three fastest times in the state this season, and they teamed up with junior Danielle Most to win the 4x400 with the No. 1 time in the state.  

The Duke-bound Jackson led the 1-2-3 finish for SPF when she dropped her NJ No. 1 time down to a school record 54.92, which is US No. 5 this season. Kennedy was second in 56.26, and Berry was third in 57.54. The 56.26 by the Lehigh-bound Kennedy is faster than the current school indoor record at Lehigh (57.44).

In the 4x400, Kennedy led off with a 58.67 carry, Most went 63.83, Berry ran 58.44, and Jackson anchored in 56.50 to bring SPF across first in 3:57.46, the fastest time in the state this season and No. 12 in the nation. 

Christiana Nwachuku of Kent Place also sparkled in the sprints.

The UPenn-bound Nwachuku took over the state lead in the 200 with a winning time of 24.74, and matched her NJ No. 1 time in the 55 dash by winning that race in 7.10.

Here is a look at all the other NJ winners in the girls competition  

Ridgewood captured the distance medley relay in a NJ No. 2 12:23.76

Westfield ran an NJ No. 6 9:34.62 to win the 4x800

Christina Allen of River Dell won the 800 in a NJ #3 2:16.56

Alexandra Bonn of Union Catholic soared a NJ No. 2 17-9 in the long jump

Casey Sullivan of Demarest won the shot put with a throw of 42-4.

Fiona Carter of Paramus Catholic won the 55 hurdles in 8.67 (8.54 in the trials)  

Ava Augustine of Mendham ran a personal best 5:08.45 to win the 1,600

Leia Ruvo of High Point cleared 5-2 to win the high jump.


Westfield went 1-2-3 in the 1,600 as Avery Keith won with a PR of 4:25.32, Liam Maurillo was second in 4:27.11, and Benjamin Hacker placed third in 4:28.15.

Amiri Whittle of Hackensack won the 800 in a NJ No. 3 1:57.79

Max Zuckerman of Pascack Hills cleared 15-0 to win the pole vault

Ridge finished first in the 4x800 in 8:20.36

Connor Munson of Westwood won the long jump (21-5.50)

Heru Dwyer of Piscataway finished first in the triple jump (42-4.50) 

Adam Elkhouly of Jackson cleared 6-3 to win the high jump.

Randolph won the 4x400 in 3:30.93.