Winslow girls derail Union Catholic’s bid for a third straight Meet of Champions 4-by-400 title!!!!

The Winslow Township girls raced their way to the fastest time by a South Jersey school in 14 YEARS Saturday night and edged Union Catholic to win the 4-by-400 at the Meet of Champions at Northern Burlington Regional High in Mansfield.

Winslow ran 3:47.41, seventh-fastest in South Jersey history, 17th-fastest in state history and fastest by a South Jersey team in 14 years — since Eastern ran 3:47.16 for third place at the 2003 National Scholastic Championships with the team of Brittany Wright, Jennifer Jackson, Kaliyma Barkley and Jenelle Wilson.

Union Catholic, running without Olympian Sydney McLoughlin, finished second in 3:47.83 in a two-team race. Nobody else was under 3:51. Union Catholic ran 3:38.92 at the Penn Relays in April with McLaughlin in the lineup.

For Winslow, freshman Janeya Hammond led off with a 57.3 and Flora Ahiarakwe followed with a 54.9. After a 58.4 carry by Iyianna Williams, Shakira Dancy anchored in 55.4.

Earlier Saturday, Dancy won her second consecutive 200 title in 24.14 and placed second in the 100 in 12.16. Ahiarakwe ran 56.12 for fifth in the 400. Hammond was also 14th in the 200 as a freshman.

This is the third time the Winslow girls have won the Meet of Champions 4-by-4. They also won it in 2003 and 2004.

In all, the Winslow girls have won 16 gold medals in meet history, fourth-most ever behind Columbia (24), Monmouth Regional (19) and Willingboro (17).

3:35.90 … Union Catholic, 2015
3:38.92 … Union Catholic, 2017
3:40.36 … Columbia, 2013
3:41.03 … Montclair, 1998
3:41.19 … Columbia, 2014
3:42.54 … Columbia, 2010
3:42.59 … Union Catholic, 2016
3:43.3h … Plainfield, 1981
3:44.64 … Willingboro, 2002
3:44.9h … Columbia, 1980
3:45.12 … Trenton, 2001
3:45.41 … Camden, 1995
3:45.67 … Willingboro, 1999
3:46.13 … Willingboro, 2000
3:47.16 … Eastern, 2003
3:47.41 … Willingboro, 2001
3:47.41 … Winslow Twp., 2017
3:47.55 … Camden, 2006
3:47.7h … Columbia, 1982
3:47.7h … Trenton, 1983
3:47.94 … Columbia, 2009

And now here’s a look at the all-time Meet of Champions 4-by-4 list! Winslow’s time is ninth-fastest in meet history and Union Catholic, even without McLaughlin, is 11th-fastest with the second-fastest non-winning time in meet history!

3:42.54 … Columbia, 2010 (1)
3:43.36 … Columbia, 2014 (1)
3:44.20 … Union Catholic, 2015 (1)
3:44.64 … Willingboro, 2002 (1)
3:45.12 … Trenton, 2001 (1)
3:46.68 … Union Catholic, 2016 (1)
3:46.86 … Columbia, 2013 (1)
3:47.41 … Willingboro, 2001 (2)
3:47.41 … Winslow Township, 2017 (1)
3:47.55 … Camden, 2006 (1)
3:47.83 … Union Catholic, 2017 (2)
3:47.94 … Columbia, 2009 (1)
3:48.00 … Woodrow Wilson, 2001 (3)
3:48.17 … Woodrow Wilson, 2006 (2)
3:48.30 … Union Catholic, 2014 (2)
3:48.42 … Piscataway, 2005 (1)
3:48.56 … Piscataway, 2006 (3)
3:48.78 … Lenape, 2014 (3)
3:48.91 … Penns Grove, 2013 (2)
3:49.07 … East Orange, 2007 (1)
3:49.25 … Lenape, 2015 (2)
3:49.28 … Pope John XXIII, 2007 (2)
3:49.28 … Sparta, 2010 (2)
3:49.57 … Southern Regional, 2008 (1)
3:49.70 … Columbia, 1997 (1)
3:49.72 … Willingboro, 1997 (2)
3:49.74 … Southern Regional, 2010 (3)
3:49.93 … Willingboro, 2009 (2)
3:50.04 … Franklin Township, 2005 (2)
3:50.21 … Winslow Township, 2003 (1)
3:50.31 … Eastern, 2002 (2)
3:50.35 … Camden, 2009 (3)
3:50.44 … Winslow Township, 2004 (1)
3:50.46 … Woodrow Wilson, 2005 (3)
3:50.49 … Willingboro, 2010 (4)
3:50.54 … Jackson Memorial, 2009 (4)
3:50.55 … Franklin Township, 2001 (4)
3:50.74 … Washington Township, 1999 (1)
3:50.80 … Sparta, 2011 (1)
3:50.92 … Southern Regional, 2009 (5)
3:51.14 … Southern Regional, 2007 (3)
3:51.18 … Eastern, 2003 (2)
3:51.22 … Camden, 2008 (2)
3:51.28 … Piscataway, 2003 (3)

3:51.43 … Lenape, 2012 (1)
3:51.51 … Woodrow Wilson, 2007 (4)
3:51.55 … Columbia, 2015 (3)
3:51.61 … Willingboro, 2000 (1)
3:51.70 … Camden, 2010 (5)
3:51.87 … Freehold Township, 2011 (2)
3:51.91 … Camden, 2005 (4)
3:51.91 … Rumson-Fair Haven, 2007 (5)
3:51.99 … Northern Highlands (3)

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