Rancocas Valley becomes only fourth program to sweep South Jersey Group 4 titles in 48 years!!!!!

The NJSIAA added girls state track sectionals to the existing boys meet in 1971, so this was the 48th year there have been both boys and girls sectionals.

And during that nearly half a century, there have been only six instances where the same school swept the boys and girls team titles at the South Jersey Group 4 meet.

South Jersey Group 4 has historically been the most competitive sectional in the state, so if the same school can win both the boys and girls team titles the same year that is the sign of a special program.

Willingboro did it with Olympians Carl and Carol Lewis in 1980. Edgewood did it with Olympian Dennis Mitchell and his sister Denise in 1983 and 1985. Then it was 19 years until Winslow did it in 2004 with its vast array of sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers, and five more years until Southern Regional’s powerful program accomplished it in 2009 built around middle-distance strength.

And that was it. Four schools – three really, since Edgewood became Winslow — in 48 years.

Until now.

This weekend, Rancocas Valley elevated itself into that all-time historical group of elite programs when the Red Devils recorded a South Jersey Group 4 sweep of their own.

The R.V. boys, coached by Jeff Dzuranin, outscored Egg Harbor 89-75 to win their second South Jersey Group 4 title in four years (R.V. also won SJ-3 in 1977), and the R.V. girls, led by first-year coach Eric Warren, outscored second-place EHT 76-71 to win the first title in the program’s history.

That’s six S.J. Group 4 sweeps since 1971:

2018 … Rancocas Valley
2009 … Southern Regional
2004 … Winslow Twp.
1985 … Edgewood
1983 … Edgewood
1980 … Willingboro

Both the R.V. boys and girls won their titles by covering a lot of different events in each area.


R.V. BOYS: Nick Mirabelli won the javelin with a 209-2 and also took fourth in the discus with a 156-10, and R.V. added 12 points in the 800, where junior Ian Moore [1:56.73] and senior Jacob Tyndale [1:58.24] placed second and fourth. Another Red Devil, junior Micah Wood, ran sub-1:59, placing seventh in 1:58.85.

The Red Devils also won the 3,200-meter relay with an 8:00.43,with juniors Kamau Sudlow and Troy Tomasch joining Tyndale and Micah.

Senior Daequan Jackson-Swoope had a very good weekend, taking second in the 400 intermediates [56.62], fourth in the high hurdles [15.18] and sixth in the 400 [50.12]. He also ran a leg on the fifth-place 4-by-4 team.

Senior Darnell St. Clair also medaled in three events, clearing 6-2 for second in the high jump, jumping 20-10 1/4 for third in the long jump and going 43-2 1/2 for fourth in the triple jump.

Also, Wood was fifth in the intermediates [57.67], sophomore Oluwadamilola Mosaku took fifth in the triple jump [43-2], junior Jesse Eadric placed third in the shot at 48-8 1/2

Additionally, R.V. placed fourth in the 400-meter relay in 43.70 and fifth in the 1,600-meter relay in 3:26.40.

Wood, Moore and senior Donoven Griffin joined Jackson-Swoope on the 4-by-4 team, which ran 3:26.40.

Matlock, senior Rashead Miller and junior Caden Kennedy and Charles Lowe ran on the 400-meter relay team.

R.V. GIRLS: Senior Aliyah Taylor won the 400, placed second in the 100 and 200 and ran a leg on the third-place 1,600-meter relay team. Taylor tied her outdoor PR with a 55.79 in the 400 and ran 12.53 and 25.20 in the 200.

R.V.’s other win came in the 3,200-meter relay, where junior Bethany Biggi, seniors Alana Thompson and Morgan Gallagher and junior Paige Hammond ran a season-best 9:40.10.

Biggi also placed second in the high jump at 5-2 and freshman Abigail Boggs cleared 10-0 for second in the pole vault. Junior Darynn Minus-Vincent medaled in both sprints, taking fourth in the 200 with a 25.20 and sixth in the 100 in 12.89.

Junior Brianna Snowden ran 1:05.56 for third in the intermediates, and senior Morgan Gallagher ran 2:21.17 for sixth in the 800.

Additionally, R.V. placed fourth in the 400-meter relay in 43.70 and fifth in the 1,600-meter relay in 3:26.40.

Sophomores Breacain McClanahan, Kristina Tossas and Maya Primas joined Taylor on the 4-by-100, which ran 48.96. Primas, Taylor, senior Gallagher and Snowden teamed up to run 4:00.65 in the 4-by-4.

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