Over the next 48 hours, we’ll take a look at every South Jersey team that won a sectional title. Up next: Sterling girls!
OK, the Coppolino twins got a whole lot of help from their teammates. But Madison and Sydney, Sterling’s tireless twin juniors, did score enough points at sectionals to win the South Jersey Group 2 title by themselves.
Madison edged Sydney with both at 5:10 and change in a 1-2 finish in the 1,600, Sydney ran 2:13.91 to lead a 1-4 finish with Madison in the 800, Madison won the 3,200 in 11:09.41 and Sydney won the 400 in 57.74 and was second in the 400 intermediates in 1:03.63 — 1-100th of a second behind Camden’s Lenaami Morton.
That’s 18 points in the 1,600, 14 in the 800, 10 in the 400 and 10 in the 3,200 and eight in the intermediates.
That’s 60 points from one family, enough to beat second-place Haddonfield, which scored 51.
The South Jersey Group 2 title at Delsea was the third sectional team championship in a row for Sterling, which also won the 1982 championship.
In all, Sterling scored a whopping 148 points, so this was far more than the Sydney and Madison Show.
There was Aliya Harrison, who had a fast sprint double, winning the 100 in 11.91 (read about it here) and the 200 in 25.13 and anchored a season-best 49.25 second-place 4-by-1 after legs by Carly Fox, Janell Rowe and Lori Stratton.
There was a fast 4-by-8, with Natalia Weitzel, Madison Coppolino, Saraly Gonzalez and Leyna Jewell running 9:45.24 for second place.
There was Stratton winning the pole vault with a 10-6 clearance and scoring in the long jump and Rowe picking up two second places with two PRs – a 17-5 3/4 in the long jump and 37-11 1/2 in the triple.
There was Sammy Callahan, Natalie Weitzel, Saraly Gonzalez and Jewell running 4:08.11 for fifth in the 1,600-meter relay.
And there were the throws. Taylor Carter threw the shot a career-best 37-6 1/2 for third, and Gonzalez and Lauren McCann went 2-5 in the javelin, Gonzalez throwing 123-10 and McCann 104-10.
Also, Jewell was fifth in the 800 in 2:23.05, Stratton was fifth in the intermediates in 1:08.06 and Jessie Klenk took sixth in the pole vault at 9-0.