Does Rancocas Valley have the strongest combined program in S.J.? The Red Devils made a case for it Saturday!

Rancocas Valley’s combined program put on quite a show Saturday at the 79th annual Burlington County Open on RV’s home track in Mount Holly.

Egg Harbor is the top-ranked boys team in South Jersey, and Winslow is the top-ranked girls program, but R.V. is ranked No. 2 in both polls, the only program ranked in the top six for both boys and girls.

On Saturday, the Rancocas Valley boys and girls made a case that the 81-year-old Mount Holly school has the strongest overall program in the region.

The boys won their 13th meet since 1952 and fourth in a row, and the girls won their first in program history.

The girls’ best previous finish was second place in 1989, 2011 and 2016. The R.V. girls became the first school from outside the Lenape district to win the County Open girls meet since Willingboro in 2006.

The boys scored a meet-record 152 1/2 points and beat second-place Willingboro by 82 points. The girls scored 134 points in a close 13-point win over Lenape.

RV’s combined 286 1/2 points is more than 100 more than any other school scored Saturday. Combining girls and boys, Lenape was second with 161.

It’s also the most combined points by any program ever, 14 1/2 more than Willingboro scored in 2004, when the Chimera boys won with 125 points and the girls won with 147.

With 121 points, the Lenape girls actually had the 12th-highest point total in meet history and the highest non-winning point total.

The Red Devils boys broke the meet scoring record of 139 set by last year’s R.V. team. With 134 points, the girls scored the sixth-most points in meet history.

Rancocas Valley’s 82-point margin of victory is another record. The previous largest margin of victory was 81 points, set back in 2003, when Willingboro outscored Holy Cros and Cinnaminson 131-50.

There are 18 events in the County Open, so 152 1/2 total points means the R.V. boys averaged 8.5 points per event. The Red Devils scored in 16 of the 18 events — all but the 1,600 and pole vault.

The girls averaged 7.4 points per event and scored in all but the 3,200 and pole vault.

Combined, Rancocas Valley scored in 32 of 36 events, averaging 8.0 points per event.

RV’s four-year winning streak matches the sixth-longest in meet history:

16 … Willingboro [1976-1991]
10 … Palmyra [1941-50]
7 … Willingboro [1999-05]
5 … Rancocas Valley [1967-71]
5 … Moorestown [1933-37
4 … Rancocas Valley [2014-17]
4 … Palmyra [1953-56]

Let’s look at the highest point totals in meet history:

MOST COMBINED POINTS [200-plus]
286.5 … Rancocas Valley, 2017
272.0 … Willingboro, 2004
237.0 … Willingboro, 2003
229.0 … Rancocas Valley, 2016
228.0 … Willingboro, 1993
224.0 … Lenape, 2015
211.0 … Shawnee, 1992
211.0 … Lenape, 2010
209.5 … Cherokee, 2012
203.0 … Lenape, 2014

BOYS MEET — MOST POINTS [100-plus]
152.5 … Rancocas Valley, 2017 [1st]
139.0 … Rancocas Valley, 2016 [1st]
132.0 … Willingboro, 1993 [1st]
131.0 … Willingboro, 2003 [1st]
131.0 … Shawnee, 1992 [1st]
125.0 … Willingboro, 2004 [1st]
124.0 … Willingboro, 2001 [1st]
118.0 … Rancocas Valley, 2015 [1st]
116.0 … Willingboro, 2011 [1st]
111.5 … Cherokee, 2008 [1st]
110.0 … Lenape, 2013 [1st]
108.0 … Rancocas Valley, 2014 [1st]
106.0 … Lenape, 1997 [1st]

GIRLS MEET — MOST POINTS [100-plus]
162.0 … Lenape, 2015 [1st]
147.0 … Willingboro, 2004 [1st]
146.0 … Lenape, 2008 [1st]
144.0 … Lenape, 2010 [1st]
138.0 … Lenape, 2014 [1st]
134.0 … Rancocas Valley, 2017 [1st]
133.0 … Cherokee, 2013 [1st]
130.0 … Lenape, 2007 [1st]
127.0 … Shawnee, 1997 [1st]
124.0 … Lenape, 2016 [1st]
123.0 … Willingboro, 1992 [1st]
121.0 … Cherokee, 2012 [1st]
121.0 … Lenape, 2017 [2nd]
114.0 … Lenape, 2011 [1st]
113.0 … Shawnee, 1995 [1st]
107.0 … Shawnee, 1998 [1st]
107.0 … Shawnee, 1996 [Tie 1st]
107.0 … Willingboro, 1996 [Tie 1st]
106.0 … Willingboro, 2003 [1st]
100.3 … Lenape, 2012 [2nd]
101.0 … Lenape, 2009 [1st]
101.0 … Willingboro, 2005 [1st]

Top point scorers for the RV boys were Maurice Johnson (first in discus, third in shot), Hawkins (second in intermediates, third in 100), Hills (second in both), Liam Alderman (third in long jump, sixth in highs, fourth in triple jump), Nick Mirabelli (javelin win, sixth in discus), Iverson Clement (22-0 win in the long jump) and Merriman (second in 400, fifth in 200).

Ameenah Saalih (win in triple jump), second in long jump, fourth in 200), Sydne Nance (second in 100, third in high jump, fifth in 400), Foering (javelin win, fourth in discus), Steff (second in, third in shot), Jonise Ledbetter (100 win, sixth in 400) and M. McClenahan (third in intermediates, fourth in highs).

R.V. also won all three relays, with Ledbetter and Kharonay Brown running on two of the three teams for the Red Devil girls.

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