Davidson double leads Willingboro boys to another SJ championship!!!!!

It’s a pretty safe bet that the Willingboro boys are going to win indoor sectionals.

The only question is which one.

The Chimeras on Saturday won their fourth indoor sectional team title in the last six years. In 2011 and 2012, they won Central Jersey Group 2. In 2015 they won South Jersey Group 1. And this time they won South Jersey Group 2.

Counting Willingboro’s 15 outdoor sectional titles, that makes 19 overall sectional championships for the Chimera boys. The girls have won another seven.

Including sectional and state boys and girls meets, this is the 83rd title for Willingboro.

Tyler Davidson was the workhorse for the Chimeras, doubling the 400 and 800 with a 50.86 and a 2:02.11. He also ran on the second-place relay team, so that’s 28 points thanks to Davidson.

Davidson edged Sterling’s Francis Terry by 9-100ths of a second for the win in the 400 and out-leaned Cinnaminson’s Tom Long by 50-100ths of a second in the 800.

You might not remember the last Willingboro runner to double the 400 and 800 at a sectional meet. Probably because it was 20 years ago.

At the 1996 outdoor sectionals, Sean Watson won the 400 in 48.9 and the 800 in 1:57.6. Yeah, it was so long ago they didn’t even have FAT timing yet.

Davidson nearly pulled off that 400-800 double at last year’s outdoor sectionals, where he won the 800 in 1:57.51 and was second in the 400 in 49.50 – 3-100ths of a second behind teammate Kenny Brosier.

Despite Willingboro’s remarkable history of middle-distance running, Watson and Davidson are the only runners in the program’s history to double the 400 and 800 at a sectional meet.

Willingboro outscored second-place Deptford, 56-51, with Delsea third at 35, and Davidson had plenty of support from his teammates.

Yasin Gresham won the high jump at 5-10, Zavian Bell led a 2-4-5 finish in the 55 high hurdles with a 7.83, and Michael Walker, Aaron Cooper and DeVon Watson ran on the 4-by-4 with Davidson.

Jahaad Beckford and Michael Walker ran 4-5 in the highs, Tyshon Hernandez took fifth in the 400 and Aaron Cooper fifth in the 800.

Only six schools have won more indoor sectional titles than Willingboro since the meet’s inception in 2008 – Metuchen, Rahway, Hasbrouck Heights, Irvington, Matawan, Morris Hills and Highland.

Here’s a complete list of every state-sponsored title the Willingboro program has produced:

BOYS
State Relays (14)
1982 [Group 4]
1983 [Group 4]
1985 [Group 3]
1986 [Group 3]
1987 [Group 3]
1990 [Group 4]
1996 [Group 4]
2000 [Group 3]
2001 [Group 3]
2002 [Group 3]
2003 [Group 3]
2005 [Group 3]
2012 [Group 3]
2015 [Group 1]

Indoor Sectionals (4)
2011 [CJ-Group 2]
2012 [CJ-Group 2]
2015 [CJ-Group 1]
2016 [Group 2]

Indoor States (12)
1983 [Group 4]
1986 [Group 3]
1987 [Group 3]
1988 [Group 3]
1989 [Group 3]
1990 [Group 4]
1995 [Group 4]
1997 [Group 4]
2000 [Group 3]
2002 [Group 3]
2012 [Group 2]

Outdoor Sectionals (15)
1977 [Group 4]
1978 [Group 4]
1979 [Group 4]
1980 [Group 4]
1982 [Group 4]
1986 [Group 3]
1988 [Group 3]
1990 [Group 4]
1991 [Group 4]
1993 [Group 4]
2000 [Group 3]
2003 [Group 3]
2004 [CJ-3]
2005 [CJ-3]
2012 [Group 2]

Outdoor States (12)
1979 [Group 4]
1981 [Group 4]
1982 [Group 4]
1986 [Group 3]
1988 [Group 3]
1989 [Group 3]
1990 [Group 4]
1991 [Group 4]
1993 [Group 4]
1994 [Group 4]
2002 [Group 3]
2003 [Group 3]

GIRLS
State Relays (9)
1992 [Group 4]
1993 [Group 4]
1995 [Group 4]
1997 [Group 4]
2002 [Group 3]
2003 [Group 3]
2004 [Group 3]
2005 [Group 3]
2010 [Group 2]

Indoor Sectionals (1)
2010 [Group 1]
Indoor States (6)
1980 [All-Groups]
1981 [Group 4]
1998 [Goup 3]
2002 [Group 3]
2003 [Group 3]
2004 [Group 3]

Outdoor Sectionals (6)
1980 [Group 4]
1981 [Group 4]
1985 [Group 3]
1992 [Group 4]
1999 [Group 3]
2003 [Group 3]

Outdoor States (4)
1980 [Group 4]
1981 [Group 4]
1999 [Group 3]
2002 [Group 3]

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