The Sharpe triplets scored 52 points and had a hand in 20 others, Anyia Brown added 16 points with medals in four events and Amaya Reed-Clark won both weight throws as the Paulsboro girls won their first sectional title in 15 years over the weekend.
Paulsboro outscored second-place Schalick 108-92 1/4, with Audubon just behind at 84 1/4 in the South Jersey Group 1 meet at Washington Township.
The sectional title is the 10th for Paulsboro but the first since 2004, also in South Jersey Group 1. The Red Raiders won seven South Jersey Group 1 championships during the 11-year period from 1987 through 1997, then added two more in 2003 and 2004.
The Sharpe sisters, sophomores Ariel, Arianna and Amirah, are the daughters of legendary Fred Sharpe, who in 1997 put on a show at the Meet of Champions in South Plainfield that has never been rivaled. In the span of a little over two hours, he won the 400-meter intermediates in a then-meet-record 51.62 (still #5 in meet history), won the 800 in 1:51.62 and placed third in the 1,600 in 4:15.73, finishing four seconds behind winner Matt Elmuccio of Westfield (4:11.25), who now coaches a few miles away from Paulsboro in Pitman.
Let’s take a look at how Paulsboro scored 108 points with only seven athletes scoring:
—> Brown had a busy couple days, winning the 100 in a personal-best 12.47, taking third in the 200 in 26.51 and running legs on both the winning 400-meter relay team (50.53) and the winning 1,600-meter relay team (4:03.33). Brown’s 12.47 was second-fastest of the four Group 1 meets this weekend.
—> Amirah Sharpe won the 800 in 2:16.56, placed second in the 400 in 58.36, took second in the intermediates in 1:04.06 and ran a leg on the 4-by-4 team.
–> Arianna Sharpe won the 200 in 25.73, placed third in the 400 in 58.92 and ran on the 4-by-4 team.
—> Ariel Sharpe ran third in the 100 (12.84) and fourth in the 200 (26.55) and ran on both winning relay teams.
–> Reed-Clark swept the weights, winning the shot at 38-5 1/2 and the discus with a 110-11 throw.
—> Freshmen Aaliyyah Bateman and Kya Robinson both ran legs on the winning 400-meter relay team.
Paulsboro entered only nine girls in the meet in a total of 19 events, and they scored in 13 of those 19 events.
The Paulsboro girls won their only state title in 2004, led by thrower Angela Pollino, sprinter Shardae Anderson and hurdler Deanna Poland, who combined for all 58 of their points.