The Winslow girls have been doing this so routinely and in such dominating fashion it’s easy to just take them for granted.
But the reality is this is one of the greatest track programs in New Jersey history.
This weekend Winslow became the first public school program in state history to win seven straight state championships, and with athletes like Nylah Perry and Janeya Hammond back for another year the Eagles will certainly be in the mix for an eighth straight title next spring.
Led by the tireless Tionna Tobias along with Perry and Hammond, Winslow piled up 72 points in Group 3 this weekend and finished with a 20-point margin of victory over Ramapo.
Incredibly, only one of Winslow’s seven straight state titles has even been close, and that was the one the Eagles shared with Northern Highlands in 2015. The six others have been by an average of 30 points:
2019: Winslow 72, Ramapo 52
2018: Winslow 73, West Essex 43
2017: Winslow 76, West Essex 38
2016: Winslow 66, Absegami 49
2015: Winslow 62, Northern Highlands 62
2014: Winslow 80, Northern Highlands 31
2013: Winslow 115, Kingsway 87
Winslow is the fourth school to win seven straight state titles. Notre Dame of Lawrenceville won a record eight straight from 1993 to 2000 in Parochial A, Pingry Prep of Bernardsville won seven straight in Parochial B from 2001 through 2007, and Pope John XXIII of Sparta won seven straight from 1984 through 1990 in Parochial B. All are non-publics.
Winslow and Monmouth Regional (Group 3 from 1985-1990) had shared the record for consecutive titles by public school programs until Winslow won this year’s championship. Only Columbia (1994-1998, 2010-2014) has also won five straight.
The next-longest streak by a South Jersey girls program is three by Clearview from 1990 through 1992 in Group 2.
Several have won two in a row:
Seneca – 2009-10 [Group 3]
Williamstown – 1981-82 [Group 2]
Williamstown – 1995-96 [Group 3]
Willingboro – 1980-81 [Group 4]
Woodbury – 1976-77 [Group 1]
Bishop Eustace – 1995-96 [Parochial A]
Camden – 1978-79 [Group 4]
Camden – 2008 [Group 3], 2009 [Group 2]
Delsea – 2010-11 [Group 3
Eastern – 2002-03 [Group 4]
Haddonfield – 1998-99 [Group 1]
Haddonfield – 2014-15 [Group 2]
Winslow is at seven straight and counting, which is just remarkable.
Let’s take a look at how the Eagles won their latest championship!
TIONNA TOBIAS: The senior ran a personal-best 13.99 in the high hurdles and took second to defending Meet of Champions winner Grace O’Shea of Ramapo, who ran 13.82. She also placed second to Wilson’s Dennisha Page in the 100 with a PR 12.19, jumped 18-4 1/2 for second in the long jump to Timber Creek’s Tierra Hooker and placed third in the high jump with a PR-tying 5-4 clearance. That’s 30 points for Tobias!
NYLAH PERRY: Placed second to Page in the 400 with a personal-best 56.23, third behind Page in the 200 in another PR 24.73 and second in the intermediates in 1:02.41, behind O’Shea. She also anchored Winslow’s winning 1,600-meter relay team, which ran 3:50.56. That’s 22 individual points for Perry along with her relay work!
JANEYA HAMMOND: Placed fourth in the intermediates in 1:03.61 and fifth in both the 200 (PR 25.06) and 400 (57.55) and ran the second leg on the 4-by-4. That’s 10 big points plus the relay for Hammond!
Winslow’s 4-by-1 was DQ’d on the sectional level or their team score would have almost certainly been much higher.
The Eagles did get two points in the 3,200-meter relay team, where freshmen Victoria Campbell and Charly Dutton and seniors Nicole Hood and Alexandria Morris ran 9:46.95 for fifth place.