What a day for the legendary Booker family Sunday at the state relays!
In the morning at the Bennett Center in Toms River, coach Martin Booker’s Willingboro Chimeras outscored Haddonfield 44-40 to win the state Group 1 team title. And then Booker’s son, Martin Booker Jr., anchored Pennsauken’s 800-meter relay with a fast 1:32.82.
New Jersey track championships are nothing new for Booker. He was two-time state champ in the hurdles at Camden in the early 1980s before starring at Villanova. He won over a dozen indoor, outdoor and state relays championships while at Camden and has picked right up where he left off at Willingboro.
The state relays title was the 14th all-time for Willingboro. In state relays history, which goes back to 1966, no public school has won more boys state relays titles.
Here’s a list of Willingboro’s 14 titles, the last three of which are under Booker:
2015 … Group 1
2012 … Group 2
2005 … Group 3
2003 … Group 3
2002 … Group 3
2001 … Group 3
2000 … Group 3
1996 … Group 4
1990 … Group 4
1987 … Group 3
1986 … Group 3
1985 … Group 3
1983 … Group 4
1982 … Group 4
For a list of all-time state relays winners and records, click here.
Willingboro picked up three wins, with Zavian Bell, Kenny Brosier, Tyler Davidson and David Miller winning the 800-meter relay in 1:34.03, the shuttle hurdles with Yunisa Bakarr, Bell, Brosier and Michael Walker running 31.19 — 1-100th of a second ahead of Palmyra, and the shot put relay, with seniors Yeisont Medina (46-10 1/2) and Isaiah Marshall (45-5 1/4).
The Chimeras were also second in the 4-by-400 with Bell, Brosier, Davidson running 3:31.43 and third in the 4-by-800 in 3:31.43 with Yunisa Bakarr, Davidson, Miller and Michael Walker in 8:20.51,
Then there was Booker Jr., only a sophomore at Pennsauken.
Booker anchored Pennsauken’s winning 4-by-200 team, with juniors Marquan Jones and Ryan Wemegah and senior Brandon Harley.
Booker also helped Pennsauken pick up a point in the 4-by-4, teaming up with Jones, Harley and Wemegah to take sixth in 3:35.12.