McCabe Named NJ Coach of the Year
Mike McCabe, Union Catholic’s head track and field coach, added to his legacy as one of the premier high school coaches in the country when he was recently chosen by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as the New Jersey’s girls track and field coach for this past season.
This is the fifth year that the USTFCCCA has selected a boys and girls Coach of the Year for each state, and McCabe has been honored every year. After being chosen as the N.J. boys Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA in 2013, McCabe, who completed his 15th year as head coach at UC, has now captured the girls award four straight years.
The award is chosen based on how a team finishes at their state championships, the number of different events in which athletes qualified for the state championships,, individual championships, and how a team stacks up to its performances in previous years.
McCabe led the Vikings to the No. 1 ranking in the state this past spring, its fourth straight Non-Public A state title, and its fourth straight undefeated campaign.
One of the biggest highlights of the season came when UC broke its own state record by running 58.30 to place fourth at the New Balance Nationals at the University of North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C.
UC’s 58.30 broke the state record of 58.38 that it set at the 2015 East Coast Relays in Randolph Amaya Chadwick, led off for UC with a 13.9 split. Felicia Quainoo then went 14.2. A’Liyah Thomas followed with a 15.4, and Brianna Ewing anchored with a 14.6.
Also at New Balance Nationals, UC finished ninth in the distance medley relay in a school record and a NJ #2 12:09.53, ninth in a school record and NJ #4 47.38, sixth in the 800 sprint medley in 1:46.13, and ninth in the 1,600 sprint medley relay in a NJ #2 4:03.66.
In the DMR, junior Alexandra Borik led off in 3:46.91. Freshman Avery Jordan followed with a 1:00.98 400 carry. Sophomore Leena Morant then ran 2:18.94 in the 800, and junior Jerika Lufrano anchored in 5:02.72. The 12:09.53 shattered the school record of 12:17.53 that the Vikings ran at April’s Blue Devil Relays in Westfield
UC also ran NJ #2 times in both the 4×400 (3:47.08) and the 4×800 (a school record 9:10.04).
Individually, Chadwick won the high hurdles at the Meet of Champions in a NJ #1 and personal best 13.77. Lufrano broke three school records with times of 5:02.38 in the 1,600, 10:49.87 in the 3,200, and 17:45.79 in the 5,000. She also won the 3,200 at the state Non-Public A Championships, and was seventh in the 3,200 at the M of C. Morant ran a NJ #2 2:10.61 to place second in the 800 at the M of C..