HOW THEY WON IT: Relay power and depth give Schalick girls 5th South Jersey Group 1 championship!!!

Over the next 48 hours, we’ll take a look at every South Jersey team that won a sectional title. Up next: Schalick girls!

Schalick scored 24 of a possible 30 points in the three relays and added a whopping 45 3/4 points in the field to win its fifth South Jersey sectional title since 1996.

The Schalick girls outscored second-place Audubon 89 3/4-72 3/4, with the fractions coming from a three-way tie for fourth in the high jump.

The South Jersey Group 1 title at Egg Harbor is Schalick’s third in the last seven years. The Cougars won their previous titles in 1996, 2002, 2011 and 2015.

Let’s take a look at how Schalick did it!

The Cougars scored only 20 points in the eight individual track events. That’s 20 points in the 100 through 3,200 and the two hurdles races.

But Schalick showed its depth by placing second in all three relays.

Deja Aviles, Elyssa Johnson, Deyane Carter and Leigh Jackson ran 50.60 for second to Clayton in the 400-meter relay, Carter, Amanda Chomo, Olivia Grestenbacher and Jackson ran 4:06.46 for second to Audubon in the 1,600 relay, and Chomo, Michaela Costantino, Gerstenbacher and Allison Lowryran 10:06.77 for second to Haddon Township in the 4-by-800.

In the field, the Cougars got three huge wins.

Camry Castellani won the pole vault at 9-6 and was also third in the high jump, Rayanni Robinson won the triple jump at 34-2 1/2 and was also tied for fourth in the high jump, and Zyra Thomas won the shot put with a 40-2 1/2.

The Cougars also got big points from Chomo, who in addition to her two second-place relay legs was second in the 800 in 2:21.08 and fifth in the 400 in 1:00.55. So she had a hand in 26 of Schalick’s 89 3/4 points.

Gerstenbecher was also third in the 1,600 (5:20.15) and fourth in the 3,200 (11:53.75), and Aviles took fifth in the long jump (15-8).

In meet history, only Woodbury (nine titles, only two since 1982), Paulsboro (nine) and Haddonfield (seven) have won more South Jersey Group 1 titles than Schalick.


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