Timber Creek was competing with Winslow Township at the Group 3 state relays this weekend. The Chargers were also competing with the 1992 Franklin Township girls track team.
It was clear early on that Timber Creek and Winslow Township were going to battle for the team title. What wasn’t so clear was whether either could catch the 25-year-old meet scoring record.
Timber Creek won three events, placed second in two and third in another and matched Franklin Township in 1992 with 52 points, most in State Relays Group 3 history.
The Chargers also became the first to repeat in Group 3 since Willingboro won four in a row from 2002 through 2005.
Timber Creek outscored Camden County rival Winslow 52-44, with nobody else close. Here are the highest team scores in meet history. As you can see, Winslow’s 44 points ties the highest non-winning point total ever with Red Bank’s 44 in 2001.
52 … Franklin, 1992 [1st]
50 … Willingboro, 2002 [1st]
48 … Woodrow Wilson, 2001 [1st]
47 … Kingsway, 2014 [1st]
46 … Willingboro, 2005 [1st]
46 … Roxbury, 1999 [1st]
46 … Middletown South, 1998 [1st]
45 … Willingboro, 2003 [1st]
44 … Willingboro, 2004 [1st]
44 … Winslow, 2017 [2nd]
44 … Red Bank, 2001 [2nd]
42 … Winslow, 2014 [2nd]
41 … Woodrow Wilson, 2000 [1st]
OK, let’s get to how Timber Creek got to 52 points. Senior Cheyenne Sovae-Beattie, freshman Tierra Hooker and senior Kai Starnes were all part of two first-place teams. Starnes and Hooker also picked up one second-place medal each.
Let’s take a look event-by-event:
1,600-METER RELAY: Adai and Kai Starnes, senior Sarina Jones and Sovae-Beattie combined to run a season-best 4:01.07, which broke the meet record of 4:01.53 set in 1998 by Willingboro. The time is No. 3 in the state this year and appears to be an indoor school record for Timber Creek.
SPRINT MEDLEY: Sovae-Beattie, senior Janiyah Davis-Hines, Hooker and senior Alyssa Condell teamed up to win in 4:19.35, No. 8 in the state so far this year and No. 4 in South Jersey.
HIGH JUMP RELAY: Hooker cleared 5-4 and Kai Starnes 5-2 for a total of 10-6. That’s just two inches off the meet record of 10-8 set in 2004 by Mount Olive. Hooker has already cleared 5-6 this year, which ties her for the No. 1 mark in New Jersey. Starnes has a PR of 5-4.
800-METER RELAY: Davis-Hines, senior Sarina Jones, Kai Starnes and Adia Starnes ran 1:45.29, finishing second, just behind Winslow at 1:44.15. Winslow is already No. 1 NJ and No. 9 nationally at 1:41.45 at the New Balance Games. Timber Creek’s 1:45.29 is No. 2 in South Jersey and No. 3 in the state this year.
SHUTTLE HURDLES: Close finish, with Winslow edging Timber Creek 32.57 to 32.85. Davis-Hines, senior Jarline Gonzalez, junior Azhanee Johnson and Hooker ran the four 51 1/2-meter legs for the Chargers.
DISTANCE MEDLEY: Senior Alexa Clark, Adia Starnes, freshman Alexandra Hauer and Condell combined to run 12:35.98 for third. That’s a school record indoors or outdoors, No. 10 in the state this year and No. 5 in South Jersey.