The Rancocas Valley girls recorded the fastest 400-meter relay in the state this year along the way to their team title at Woodbury Saturday.
The team of seniors Darynn Minus-Vincent and Brianna Snowden, junior Kristina Tossas and sophomore Sheriyah Nutt ran 48.34, winning by six meters over a Millville team that ran 49.09.
That 48.34 means R.V. has run sub-49 four years in a row, including a school-record 47.49 at the Meet of Champions in 2017. R.V. ran 48.62 in 2016 and 47.54 in 2018.
Five of the top eight times in the state this year came out of Woodbury, with Winslow No. 2 at 48.47 from its win in Group 3, Pennsauken No. 5 at 49.05 with second place in Group 3, Millville seventh at 49.09 from the Group 4 race and Egg Harbor No. 8 at 49.15 from third in Group 4.
Eastern is No. 4 on that list at 48.88 from earlier this month at Lenape, but the Vikings DNF’d at Woodbury.
R.V. won the Group 4 team title with 48 points, 10 more than Millville, with Eastern third at 34. It was R.V.’s second straight title after never winning a team title at Woodbury. As recently as 2014, R.V. didn’t even score a point at Woodbury.
But the Red Devils covered everything Saturday, taking second in the 800-meter relay (1:42.82), winning the 1,600-meter relay (4:00.52), taking fifth in the 3,200-meter relay (10:23.02), winning the sprint medley (4:12.43), running fifth in the DMR (13:17.19) and placing third in the shuttle hurdles (1:09.77).
The 4-by-4 win came courtesy of Nutt, Snowden and juniors Maya Primas and Kharonay Brown. Freshman Anabella Chin, junior Break-in McClenahan, Minus-Vincent and sophomore Alyssa Leak ran on the winning sprint med team.
But the 4-by-1 was probably the best performance of the day. It’s No. 11 in Burlington County history, with all but one of those times coming from Willingboro and R.V.
46.9 … Willingboro, 1980
47.3 … Willingboro, 1981
47.45 … Willingboro, 1994
47.49 … Rancocas Valley, 2017
47.54 … Rancocas Valley, 2018
47.82 … Moorestown, 2000
47.8 … Willingboro, 2003
47.9 … Willingboro, 1995
48.08 … Willingboro, 2009
48.1 … Willingboro, 1979
48.34 … Rancocas Valley, 2019
Rancocas Valley will race the 4-by-1 and the 4-by-400 at Penn on Thursday, with the 400-meter relay trials on Thursday morning and early afternoon, and the South Jersey large-school 1,600-meter relay following late Thursday afternoon.