Boys Capture NPB State Relay Title
The Union Catholic boys showed its depth and balance on the way to a very impressive victory at the NJSIAA Non-Public B Relay Championships on Wednesday at the Bennett Center in Toms River.
Union Catholic, which dropped down from Non-Public A this season, won four events and placed fourth or better in all nine events on the way to a 76-57 victory over defending champion St. Rose. It’s the third state relay championship for the Vikings, which won the Non-Public B title in 2013, and the Non-Public A championship in 2014.
Union Catholic won the shuttle hurdles in 32.41, the 4×200 in 1:34.04, the sprint medley in 3:45.14, and the pole vault. The Vikings also placed second in the distance medley, second in the 4×800, second in the 4×400, second in the high jump, and fourth in the shot put.
For UC, Noah Cooper anchored the shuttles in 7.8, and led off the 4×200 with a 23.5. Marcus McCoy went 8.0 in the shuttles, and 23.5 in the 4×200, and Al-Qamar Rojas anchored the 4×200 with a 23.1, and led off the shuttles with a 7.8. Sean Wilson anchored the winning SMR for UC with a 2:02. In the pole vault, Matthew Schutz cleared a personal best matching 11-6, and Aidan Reidy made 11-0. Those were the two best vaulting performances of the meet.
In other highlights, Emeron McKindra ran 53.8 in the 400 and cleared 5-10 in the high jump, and Gavin Devine ran 2:05.9 in the 4×800, and 56.4 in the 4×400.,
The UC girls will be shooting for their eighth straight Non-Public A Relay Championship on Friday at the Bennett Center.