Led by hurdlers Rayshawn Johnson and Jayaire King, Willingboro boys win first outright sectional title in 13 years!!!!!

Senior Rayshawn Johnson and junior Jayaire King combined for four PRs and 30 points in the two hurdles races to lead Willingboro to its South Jersey-record 16th outdoor sectional title.

Willingboro finished with a 68-65 margin of victory over Pleasantville in the South Jersey Group 2 meet at Delsea.

Johnson won the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.68 and was fourth in the 400-meter intermediates in 57.51. King won the intermediates in 55.54 and was third in the 110 highs in 14.96.

Both also ran on the winning 1,600-meter relay team, and Johnson also ran on the third-place 400-meter relay team.

For Johnson, the day was a huge breakthrough in the highs, an event he never ran until the BCSL meet. He ran 15.18 that day, and that was his PR until he ran 14.86 in the trials. His previous PR in the intermediates was 58.17.

King lowered his high hurdles PR from 15.52 to 14.96 and his intermediates PR from 57.59 to 55.54. He was seeded eighth in the highs coming in and seventh going into the finals after a 15.52 in the trials.

Johnson and King now rank 5th and 10th in the highs in South Jersey this spring. King’s intermediates time is No. 2 in South Jersey.

Juniors Cristian Coto and Elijah Valme joined King and Johnson on the winning 1,600-meter relay team, which clinched the team title by edging Pleasantville 3:22.06 to 3:22.67, and seniors Albert Nah and Jeremy Thomas along with Valme ran on the 400-meter relay team, which clocked 43.16. ijah 11

The sectional title is Willingboro’s first since 2012, when the Chimeras shared the South Jersey Group 2 title with Pleasantville, and their first outright sectional championship since 2005, when they won Central Jersey Group 3 at Monmouth Regional.

Willingboro’s previous sectional titles came in South Jersey Group 4 [1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1990, 1991, 1993], South Jersey Group 3 [1986, 1988, 2000, 2003], South Jersey Group 2 [2012 shared] and Central Jersey Group 3 [2004, 2005].

The only schools in New Jersey with more sectional titles than Willingboro are Metuchen [26], Trenton [19], New Providence [18] and Bernards [17].

Willingboro this weekend broke a tie with Penns Grove for the most sectional titles ever by a South Jersey boys program. Winslow [14] and Woodbury [13] have the next-most.

 

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