Pennsauken Boys, Winslow Girls Repeat As Group 3 Champs

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Pennsauken won the meet-concluding 4x400-meter relay to repeat as the boys champion, and the Winslow girls won their fifth straight championship at the NJSIAA Group 3 Relays on Sunday at the Bennett Center in Toms River.

Trailing Winslow, 32-31 heading into the 4x400, Pennsauken got the 10 points it needed to secure the boys championship by winning the race in 3:24.41 to rally for a 42-41 victory over Winslow. Winslow was second in the 4x400 in 3:32.01.

As expected, Pennsauken rolled up all its points on the track.

In addition to the victory in the 4x400, Pennsauken won the 4x200 in 1:33.19, finished first in the sprint medley relay in 3:37.65, placed second in the shuttle hurdles in 32.28, and finished fourth in the distance medley in 11:08.98. 

Winslow would have earned a share of the team title if Scotch Plains-Fanwood didn't tie Winslow for first place in the high jump. Winslow and Scotch Plains-Fanwood each cleared a combined 11-4, so the two teams picked up nine points each. Had Winslow won the high jump outright, it would have earned 10 points and finished the meet with 42.

In the high jump, Winslow's Jaylen Wall cleared a meet-best 6-0, and teammate Je'Von Johnson made 5-4. Winslow's other points came from winning the shuttle hurdles in 31.98, placing second in the 4x400, second in the 4x200 in 1:34.10, and third in the sprint medley in 3:44.23.

On the girls side, Winslow's kept its streak alive with a 44-30 victory over runner-up Timber Creek. 

Winslow's five straight titles is tied for the third longest championship streak by a girls program in meet history, and its seven titles overall is the sixth most by a girls program. Only Hopewell Valley (nine straight from 2002-2010), and Union Catholic, which won its eighth straight Non-Pubic A championship on Friday, have won more consecutive titles than Winslow. Winslow is tied with Vailsburg (1983-87) with its five in a row. Hopewell Valley, Willingboro, and Columbia, who have 10 titles, and Haddonfield and Union Catholic (eight championship each) are the only girls programs with more state relay titles than Winslow.      

Winslow's points came from winning the high jump as freshmen Ma'Syiah Brawner (PR of 5-2.50) and Chantina Walker (4-10) combined on the victory, placing first in the shuttle hurdles in 33.58, finishing second in the 4x200 in 1:47.71, second in the 4x400 in 4:09.40, third in the sprint medley in 4:25.56, and fourth in the 4x800 in 10:15.24.