Huge performances in shot put, pole vault lift Delsea boys to 6th sectional championship!!!

Junior Joe Metzger led a 1-2-3 shot put sweep, and record-setting Marco Morales led a 1-2-5 finish in the pole vault, and the Delsea boys won their sixth indoor sectional title Sunday at the Bubble.

Delsea outscored second-place Haddonfield, 89-64, scoring nearly half its points — 44 of 89 — in the shot and pole vault.

The team title is Delsea’s sixth since the inception of indoor sectionals in 2008. The Crusaders also won South Jersey Group 2 in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2018.

Metzger threw 47-7, senior Rick Kurczeski 46-4 1/2 and sophomore Josh Caudill 44-0 1/4 in the shot. Morales.

Marco Morales broke the overall sectional record in his pole vault win [https://wordpress.com/post/sjtrackblog.com/17187], twin brother Marco Morales was second at 14-6, and junior Dylan Caceci took fifth at 11-6. Only Rahway (8), Matawan (7), Morris Hills (7), Willingboro (7) and Haddonfield (7) have won more indoor sectional titles than Delsea. Among South Jersey schools, Egg Harbor and Highland have also won six.

Noah Deckert had a big day with a win in a hotly contested 1,600 in 4:31.80 and a second place in the 3,200 in 9:43.12.

The top 10 runners in the seeded heat finished in the span of 5.6 seconds. Delsea junior Dawson Baptiste was sixth with a PR 4:34.56. His previous PR was 4:38.90 from last month. As recently as three weeks ago, his PR was 4:43 outdoors and 4:49 indoors.

Senior Shaikyi Hannah ran 51.78 for second in the 400 and 6.86 for sixth in the 55, and senior Damir Lomax was second in the hurdles in 8.10.

Sophomore Andrew Littlehales lowered his indoor 3,200 PR with a 9:51.76 for third, and senior Nigel Berry ran a big PR 8.24 for sixth in the high hurdles. His previous best was an 8.38 at the Bennett Center last month.

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