Chimera boys deliver 58th state team title back to Willingboro! Yes, 58 state team champions!!!!!!!

Sophomore Jayaire King ran on three winning teams, and seniors George Milton, DeVon Watson, Jahaad Beckford and Rico Patterson contributed to first-place teams each Saturday as Willingboro destroyed the field in the Group 1 state relays at the Bennett Center in Toms River.

Willingboro scored 52 points, and if you split that in half the Chimeras would have placed third and fourth.

For those of you who may not keep track of this stuff, that’s Willingboro’s 16th state relays title and 39th overall state title for the boys. Add that to 19 state team titles by the Willingboro girls indoors and out, and that’s an incredible 58 state team championships for the Chimeras in the program’s history.

Willingboro placed third or better in six of eight events to pile up 52 points and finish 28 points ahead of second-place McNair Academic.

The 52 points are the most by a Group 1 state relays champ since Metuchen scored 59 in 2003. The only other higher score in Group 1 history belongs to Haddonfield with 56 1/2 points in 2001.

King teamed with Milton, Watson and Hines to run 1:33.41 and win the 800-meter relay. Beck ford, King, soph Cristian Coto and Milton ran 3:31.74 to win the 1,600-meter relay, Beckford, King, Patterson and Watson ran 31.21 for first in the shuttle hurdles and Patterson (6-0) and O’Ryan Turner (5-10) combined to win the high jump relay at 11-10.

Willingboro was also third in both the sprint medley (Watson, Aaron Cooper, Oneja Howell, Milton) and shot put relay (Samuel Marcel, Justin McMaster).

That shuttle hurdles team just missed the meet record of 31.00 set in 2007 by Abraham Clark of Roselle.

King is Willingboro’s first sophomore to win three gold medals at the state relays in 23 years, since Luis Martinez was on the winning 4-by-2, 4-by-4 and sprint medley teams at Jadwin Gym in 1994.

Congrats also to the Willingboro girls, who won the 800-meter relay and high jump relay and finished fourth overall Saturday with 26 points but just one point out of second! The Willingboro girls hadn’t scored a single point at the state relays since 2012!!!

Now on to the lists!

Here is a list of every state team title the Willingboro program has ever won, 58 in all. That is a lot of victory laps!!!

BOYS
State Relays (15)
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]
2017 [Group 1]

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

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

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