Sheriyah Nutt’s incredible anchor leg leads R.V. girls to Meet of Champions 4-by-4 win over mighty Union Catholic!!!!!

What was Rancocas Valley up against in the 4-by-4 Saturday?

Just a Union Catholic team that has dominated the event in New Jersey and nationally the last few years.

The Scotch Plains track powerhouse, which produced Olympian Sydney McLaughlin, has run 3:47 or faster six straight years. They set the state record and all-time U.S. #5 3:35.90 winning the national title in 2015. They placed third at Penn in the Championship of America 4-by-4 in 2016 and 2017 and fourth this year. They won the Meet of Champions in 2015 and 2016. They were the No. 1 seed going into this year’s Meet of Champions at 3:45.39, No. 22 in the entire country.

That’s a lot to overcome, but the Red Devils did it!

Sophomore Sheriyah Nutt ran a brilliant 54.9 anchor leg for R.V., reeling in Union Catholic anchor Leena Morant, a 2:08 half-miler after trailing by 15 meters at the final handoff, and Rancocas won its first Meet of Champions 1,600-meter relay title Saturday.

Nutt out-leaned Morant at the finish line, Rancocas Valley in 3:49.31 and Union Catholic in 3:49.37 on the track at Northern Burlington, just 10 miles from R.V.

Sophomore Alyssa Leak, senior Brianna Snowden and freshman Anabella Chin ran the first three legs for R.V., whose only previous Meet of Champions girls titles came when Tonya Lee won the intermediate hurdles in 59.03 in 1988 and Demya Walker won the long jump at 19-3 3/4 in 1994.

Leak led off with a 57.9 split, Snowden ran 59.6 and Chin split 56.8 setting up Nutt’s incredible anchor leg.

Rancocas Valley ran slightly faster at states – but even their 3:48.87 made them a 3 1/2-second underdog to Union Catholic.

The Red Devils will be back in action in several relays at nationals, including the 4-by-4. R.V. is No. 17 in South Jersey history with that 3:48.87. Only 11 teams in S.J. history have run sub-3:48.

Burlington County has won six Meet of Champions 4-by-400 titles since 1993 — Willingboro in 1993, 1994 and 1998, Lenape in 2012 and R.V. this year.

ALL-TIME M-OF-C 1,600-METER RELAY LIST
3:42.54 Columbia, 2010 (1)
3:43.36 Columbia, 2014 (1)
3:44.20 Union Catholic, 2015 (1)
3:44.64 Willingboro, 2002 (1)
3:45.12 Trenton, 2001 (1)
3:46.68 Union Catholic, 2016 (1)
3:46.86 Columbia, 2013 (1)
3:47.41 Willingboro, 2001 (2)
3:47.41 Winslow Twp., 2017 (1)
3:47.55 Camden, 2006 (1)
3:47.83 Union Catholic, 2017 (2)
3:47.94 Columbia, 2009 (1)
3:48.00 Woodrow Wilson, 2001 (3)
3:48.17 Woodrow Wilson, 2006 (2)
3:48.30 Union Catholic, 2014 (2)
3:48.42 Piscataway, 2005 (1)
3:48.56 Piscataway, 2006 (3)
3:48.78 Lenape, 2014 (3)
3:48.91 Penns Grove, 2013 (2)
3:49.07 East Orange, 2007 (1)
3:49.25 Lenape, 2015 (2)
3:49.28 Pope John XXIII, 2007 (2)
3:49.28 Sparta, 2010 (2)
3:49.31 Rancocas Valley, 2019 (1)
3:49.37 Union Catholic, 2019 (2)
3:49.57 Southern Regional, 2008 (1)
3:49.70 Columbia, 1997 (1)
3:49.72 Willingboro, 1997 (2)
3:49.74 Southern Regional, 2010 (3)
3:49.93 Willingboro, 2009 (2)

Here’s an updated look at the all-time South Jersey 4-by-4 list!

ALL-TIME S.J. GIRLS SUB-3:50 4-by-400 LIST
3:43.94 … Willingboro, 2001
3:44.64 … Willingboro, 2002
3:45.41 … Camden, 1995
3:45.67 … Willingboro, 1999
3:46.13 … Willingboro, 2000
3:46.67 … Winslow Twp., 2018
3:47.16 … Eastern, 2003
3:47.30 … Willingboro, 2003
3:47.41 … Winslow Twp., 2017
3:47.4h … Camden, 1978
3:47.55 … Camden, 2006
3:48.00 … Wilson, 2001
3:48.17 … Wilson, 2006
3:48.6y … Camden,, 1978
3:48.78 … Lenape, 2014
3:48.7h … Washington Twp., 1999
3:48.87 … Rancocas Valley, 2019
3:48.91 … Penns Grove, 2013
3:49.25 … Lenape, 2015
3:49.2y … Camden, 1979
3:49.30 … Winslow Twp., 2004
3:49.43 … Willingboro, 1997
3:49.53 … Willingboro, 1998
3:49.63 … Winslow Twp., 2016
3:49.93 … Willingboro, 2009

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