Jimerson breaks records, paces Vikings

Jimerson breaks records, paces Vikings


Jimerson breaks records, paces Vikings


It was a record-breaking day for Jordan Jimerson at the Union County Indoor Track Championships Sunday.

The Union Catholic High School junior won the 55-meter dash and the 400 meters, setting meet records in both to lead the Vikings to a runaway team title. Jimerson scorched the track with a time of 6.52 in the dash, also a school record, and clocked 49.77 in the 400 at the Jersey City Armory. It was his season debut in both events.

“Jordan was phenomenal today,” Union Catholic coach Mike McCabe said. “He trains hard, is a great competitor and the hard work is paying off. Two meet records, very impressive.”

Union Catholic won five events total. Andrew Ghizzone won the 1600 (4:30.76), closing with a 28-second final 200. His brother Zach Ghizzone won the 55-meter hurdles (a meet-record 7.58) and anchored the 4×400 to a 3:28.64 triumph. Mike DeAngelis, Taylor McLaughlin and Kenny Evely ran the first three legs on the relay.

The Vikings tallied a whopping 85 points, far outdistancing runner-up Governor Livingston (28 points). In the 400, they achieved a rare one-two-three sweep as McLaughlin (second place, 50.28) and Obafemi Animashaun (third, 51.76) followed Jimerson across the finish line.

This was the third straight county crown for Union Catholic, and McCabe said it was the most impressive performance yet.

“The most complete as a team and the most high-level performances,” he said.


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