The Union Catholic boys track team saved its best for last, breaking the state record while winning the shuttle hurdles at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals Saturday.
Junior Obafemi Animishaun, senior Christoffe Scott, sophomore Taylor McLaughlin and senior Zach Ghizzone clocked 56.63, which won the race by more than four seconds and beat the New Jersey schoolboy record of 56.88 set by Camden Wilson in 1999. The Vikings also broke the meet record of 57.81, which was set last year by Western Branch (Va.) and narrowly missed the national record of 56.32.
Union Catholic put an exclamation point on its dominant season in North Carolina, placing second in the Swedish relay (1:54.10), third in the 4×400 (3:11.45), third in the sprint medley (3:28.06), fourth in the 800 sprint medley (1:34.70) and fifth in the 4×200 (1:27.03). Individually, Animishaun placed second in the Emerging Elite 110 hurdles (14.19) and Sean Brennan took second in the Emerging Elite discus (166-7).
Individually, North Hunterdon junior Morgan Harvey placed second in the girls 400 hurdles in 59.95, behind only the 59.59 by Tametris Morrison of Raleigh (N.C.).
Other noteworthy local results: Westfield senior Peter Fagan placed fifth in the boys high jump with a 16-0 clearance. Old Bridge placed second in the Emerging Elite boys distance medley in 10:24. Franklin junior Danielle Delgado finished 11th in the girls 100 hurdles in 14.15, while state champ Harvey false started. South Brunswick senior Jonathan Pitt placed 11th in the boys triple jump at 47-1.75 and South Brunswick sophomore Kristin Krier took ninth in the girls javelin at 125-7. Pingry senior Liam Mullett took 10th in the boys two-mile in 9:11.