Junior Angela Bannan had a hand in 30 points, and senior Ayana Plummer had a hand in 25 more as the Holy Spirit girls won their first South Jersey Parochial B title Monday and Tuesday at Donovan Catholic in Toms River.
Bannan ran a personal-best 5:13.40 for second in the 1,600 and a PR 11:14.11 for second in the 3,200. She also ran 2:24.72 for fourth in the 800 and led off the winning 3,200-meter relay team.
Plummer was second in the javelin at 93-3, sixth in the 400 in 1:03.71 and ran legs on two relay teams — the first-place 4×4 and third-place 4×1.
Holy Spirit’s 1,600-meter relay win gave the Spartans an 88-84 win over St. Rose for the team title. Plummer led off, followed by junior Isabella Desario, senior Kayla Patitucci and junior Paige Sofield. That group ran a season-best 4:10.38.
Bannan, sophomore Jenna Bradberry, Patucci and Sofield ran 10:16.44 to win the 3,200-meter relay, and sophomore Melody Pugliese, Plummer, Patitucci and Desario ran 53.26 in the 400-meter relay. Sofield was also third in the 800 in 2:24.44.
In the field, Holy Spirit went 1-3 in the discus with junior Ariana Mack winning at 97-8 and freshman Julia Bannan third at 91-10. Bannan (31-3) and junior Mack (28-5) went 3-4 in the shot. With Plummer and Mack going 2-6 in the javelin, that’s 35 points in the throws.
In the nine years of outdoor parochial sectionals, the Holy Spirit girls are the first program that’s actually from South Jersey to win a sectional title. The S.J. Parochial B team title has belonged only to Pingry (five times), Oak Knoll (twice) and Benedictine Academy (once).
Holy Spirit is the first school from Atlantic County to win an outdoor girls sectional title since Pleasantville in Group 2 in 2002 and the first from the Cape-Atlantic Conference since Bridgeton in Group 2 in 2005.
The last time a non-public South Jersey girls program won any sectional title was 1977, when Paul VI won Group 3.