Union Catholic boys, girls sweep Union County Relays

Union Catholic boys, girls sweep Union County Relays

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Union Catholic boys, girls sweep Union County Relays

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Governor Livingston's Nick DeLuca, right, hands off the baton to James Ruggiero during the 4x100. This is action of the Union County Track and Field Relays.

Governor Livingston’s Nick DeLuca, right, hands off the baton to James Ruggiero during the 4×100. This is action of the Union County Track and Field Relays.

Westfield's Julia Myers runs the first leg of the girls 4x800. This is action of the Union County Track and Field Relays.

Westfield’s Julia Myers runs the first leg of the girls 4×800. This is action of the Union County Track and Field Relays.

Rahway's Najah Hetsberger runs the thrid leg of her team's shuttle hurdles. This is action of the Union County Track and Field Relays.

Rahway’s Najah Hetsberger runs the thrid leg of her team’s shuttle hurdles. This is action of the Union County Track and Field Relays.

Rahway's Mykelti Thomas runs the first leg for his team in the shuttle hurdles.This is action of the Union County Track and Field Relays.

Rahway’s Mykelti Thomas runs the first leg for his team in the shuttle hurdles.This is action of the Union County Track and Field Relays.

Rahway's Deshawne Bunion, center, is about to hand off the baton to Nasir Velez during the boys 4x200. This is action of the Union County Track and Field Relays.

Rahway’s Deshawne Bunion, center, is about to hand off the baton to Nasir Velez during the boys 4×200. This is action of the Union County Track and Field Relays.

Scotch Plains' Quincy Sanchez runs the last leg of his team's shuttle hurdles. This is action of the Union County Track and Field Relays.

Scotch Plains’ Quincy Sanchez runs the last leg of his team’s shuttle hurdles. This is action of the Union County Track and Field Relays.

At the Union County Relays, the Union Catholic High School boys track team continued their dominant run going, while their girls track team may have started another.

The Union Catholic boys tallied 112 points at the Union County Relays to earn their fifth consecutive championship and the girls won their first ever championship, tallying 129 points at the Union County Relays at Westfield High School on Friday.

The girls also broke two meet records in the process in the shuttle hurdles and the 4×800 with winning times of 1:00.81 and 9:23.07. The shuttle hurdles team held off Linden, who ran the third-fastest time in meet history at 1:02.13.

The Vikings girls dominated the track on the second day of the relays with wins in the 4×1600 and the 4×400 with times of 21:47.59 and 3:56.91. A time of 1:44.36 gave the Viking girls a victory in the 4×200 as well, making them a perfect 5-for-5 on the day.

The Vikings accomplished all this without arguably their best runner in sophomore Sydney McLaughlin, who is nursing a hamstring injury. McLaughlin expects to be back on the track next week.

The Union Catholic boys didn’t collect as many first place finishes, but still took home the championship with contributions from multiple groups.

Taylor McLaughlin helped the Vikings by winning the 4×400 hurdles relay with a time of 54.09 and anchored the winning 4×200 team with a time of 1:28.50. McLaughlin also helped Union Catholic to second place finishes in the 4×100 and the shuttle hurdle relay with times of 43.38 and 1:01.69 respectively.

Their depth helped them through the two days as the won some events in the field as well. Perry Christie helped take the long jump and triple jump relays with a height of 6-02 and a distance of 46-00.00.

Brian Sagendorf threw a distance of 173-00 in the javelin, jumped a height of 12-06.00 in the pole vault and also competed in the distance medley relay that placed third with a time of 10:46.16.

Staff Writer Matt Silva: msilva@mycentraljersey.com

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