The Willingboro girls won their first sectional title in 10 years Saturday evening, and they did it in style!
Led by senior Tamia Welch Smith, junior Balkis Lyiola and senior Mikell Dolo, who combined for 52 points, the Chimeras rolled to an 87-49 win over New Providence in the Central Jersey Group 1 sectional championships at the Bubble in Toms River.
It was Willingboro’s first indoor sectional title since the Chimeras won South Jersey Group 1 in 2010.
This past spring, Boro won its first outdoor sectional title since it won Central Jersey Group 3 back in 2004.
Although the official meet program shows them winning SJ-3 in 2016, Winslow actually won that meet, and Willingboro wasn’t even in Group 3 that year.
In any case, it was an incredible day for the Chimeras, who won five events, had two 1-2-3 sweeps, and will send an impressive contingent up to the state Group 1 meet on the same track next Saturday morning.
Let’s take a look at how the Boro put together such an impressive performance Saturday:
Lyiola, a junior, was a busy girl Saturday, scoring in three individual events and anchoring the winning relay team.
Lyiola won the 55-meter dash by 1-100th of a second over Jakara Nock of Camden with a personal-best 7.54, leading a 1-2-3 Boro sweep.
She also took third in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.86, another PR and her first time under 9.0 seconds, as part of another Boro sweep.
And she PR’d in the 400 with a 1:02.87. She also anchored Willingboro’s 1,600-meter relay team, which beat the field by 50 meters.
Tamia Welch Smith
Welch Smith led the 1-2-3 sweep in the 400 with a PR of 1:00.33 and also took second in the 55-meter hurdles with another PR of 8.78.
Dolo PR’d in the highs with an 8.61 triumph, leading a Chimera sweep, and she ran 7.65 in the 55 for third place after a PR 7.59 in the trials.
Brown, a junior, won her first sectional title with a personal-best 33-7 1/2, breaking her PR of 33-3 1/4, which she set earlier this month. She won by more than 2 1/2 feet.
Mendez, a sophomore, PR’d in the 400 at 1:02.33 for second place, snagged a point in the 800 and led off the Chimeras’ winning 4-by-400 team.
Williams, a freshman, took fifth in the 55 in 7.80 after a PR of 7.75 in the trials, and she ran the third leg on the winning 4-by-4 team.
Grant, a sophomore, contributed the second leg on Willingboro’s winning 4-by-400 team.