Senior Raelynne Miller and freshman Bryanna Craig ran on two first-place relay teams and the Millville girls placed in the top three in six of nine events Wednesday to win their first state relays title.
Millville outscored second-place Ridge by 20 points!!! — 48-28 — to win the Group 4 title at the Bennett Center in Toms River.
The Thunderbolts became the first South Jersey school to win the Group 4 state relays title since Lenape in 2012. Lenape also won in 2008 and 2011. The last South Jersey school other than Lenape to win the G4 relays title was Washington Township in 1999.
No Cumberland County girls program had ever won a state relays title.
Miller, Craig senior Brionah Patterson and Zaniah Bowman ran on the winning 1,600-meter relay team, which ran 4:05.49, and Miller and Craig were joined by junior Ciara Bowman and senior Malea Broome on the winning sprint medley, which ran 4:17.37.
Millville’s shuttle hurdles team ran the fourth-fastest time in South Jersey history and set a Cumberland County record in finishing second to Eastern. You can read about that race here. Broome, Craig, Patterson and Ellis ran the shuttles.
Broome, Ellis and Zaniah and Ciera Bowman ran on the third-place 800-meter relay team, which clocked 1:45.91 and finished just 7-100ths out of first place in a crazy 1-2-3 finish.
In the high jump relay, junior Kenny’a Dunns and Craig each cleared 5-0 for a combined 10 feet and second place. Dunns tied her PR.
Millville’s shot put duo took third with a combined 69-9 1/2. Junior Tereana Parker demolished her PR with a 38-8. Her previous indoor PR was a 37-8 3/4 at a meet in North Jersey in December, and her outdoor PR is a 36-5.