Lenape knew it needed a mighty effort across the board to beat another terrific Southern Regional team at sectionals, and the Lenape girls got just that Saturday, riding a 1-2 finish in the 400 to a close win over their long-time rivals at the South Jersey Group 4 meet at the Bubble in Toms River.
This Lenape-Southern rivalry has been going for a decade now, and indoor sectionals this year was no different than most Group 4 meets. It came down to the Indians from Medford and the Rams from Stafford Township.
Lenape finished with a five-point win over Southern, 63-58, to win its second straight sectional title. Lenape beat Southern 60 1/2-49 1/2 at last year’s indoor sectionals. Southern got Lenape at sectionals outdoors, 67-57.
How even are these programs? At the state relays, they tied with 28 points. Either Lenape or Southern has won indoor Group 4 sectionals six of eight years since the meet’s inception in 2008.
On Saturday, Lenape scored 28 percent of its points in one event, with senior Carly Pettipaw and sophomore Jasmine Staten going 1-2 in the 400, both under 59 seconds. Pettipaw’s 58.51 and Staten’s 58.74 are No. 2 and 3 in South Jersey this year.
Pettipaw and Staten came back to help Lenape win the 4-by-400 — over Southern — in 4:03.45. Shannon Storms and Marissa Topolski also ran on Lenape’s 4-by-4.
The Indians got points all over the place but scored big points — 12 each — in the 1,600 and pole vault.
Megan Quimby PR’d 5:05.79 for second in the 1,600, with Camille Franklin not far back in fourth. In the vault, Storms and Gabby Sharp went 2-4.
Lenape also got six points in the 800 with Pettipaw and Quimby, four points from Staten, fourth in the dash and a couple points from high jumper Sabrina LaRosa.