Over the next 48 hours, we’ll take a look at every South Jersey team that won a sectional title. Up next: Egg Harbor boys!
When Egg Harbor’s nationally 19th-ranked 3,200-meter relay team was disqualified, it was a huge punch in the gut to the Eagles’ chances of winning the South Jersey Group 4 title.
In a section as insanely competitive as SJ-4, it’s tough to just give up eight or 10 points.
But EHT regrouped and rebounded and roared to a 104-94 win over Rancocas Valley for its second sectional title in five years. The Eagles also won in 2013, both on their home track.
Even without the 4-by-8 — and EHT has run 7:47.13 this year — Egg Harbor finished with the fifth-highest point total in meet history.
Let’s take a look how they did it!
Egg Harbor scored a staggering 56 points in the four shortest flat track races — the 100, 200, 400 and 800.
Amir Brock led the way with a crazy fast triple — a near-PR 10.89 and PRs of 21.66 and 48.23. He took third in the 100 and won the 200 and 400. That’s 26 points from Amir!
Alex Dessoye added a second in the 400 (PR 48.26), just behind Brock, and ran another PR for fourth in the 200 (21.98).
The 800 was huge for EHT, not surprisingly. Can you believe three guys at 1:55 or faster? Aidan Hendriks ran second in 1:54.79 — a nearly two-second PR — and Eric Barnes and Robert Dessoye were next across the line in 1:55.70 and 1:55.98, the latter a PR for Robert Dessoye.
That’s 18 massive points just in the 800!
Barnes also ran 4:24.87 for a sixth in the 1,600.
The Eagles added 10 points each with wins in the 4-by-1 and 4-by-4. Alex Dessoye, Shaquille Boyd, Devon Covington and Brock ran 42.82 in the 400 relay, and Hunter Barbieri, Hendriks and Robert and Alex Dessoye teamed up to go 3:16.24 in the 1,600 relay.
Much more from this insanely deep Egg Harbor team.
Deejay Banggad cleared 13-0 and Kevin Luo 12-0 for second and fifth in the pole vault. Alvin Taliaferro medaled in both horizontal jumps (21-1 3/4, 43-9), Brandon Truong and Tyler Anzisi both scored in the shot put (49-0, 47-6), Anzisi also took fourth in the discus (149-2) and Barbieri added a fifth in the intermediates with a very fast PR of 55.92.
One note about Taliaferro. He was the 18TH SEED IN THE GROUP 4 LONG JUMP AND HE PLACED FIFTH!!!!!
Taliaferro’s 21-1 3/4 wasn’t just his first time over 21 feet, it was his first time over 20 feet. In fact he’d only been over 19 feet twice previously in major meets. And his PR last year was 17-6 1/2 feet!!! The EHT junior PR’d in both jumps, but the 21-1 3/4 was a 1 1/2-FOOT personal best from his 19-7 1/2 at the Bridgeton Relays. Talk about stepping up to the plate when your team needs you the most! Alvin Taliaferro sure did that!
I love those kinds of stories!