The Willingboro boys track program, re-born and rejuvenated under coach Martin Booker, won its 14th indoor state title Saturday and third in a row.
Willingboro won its third straight state Group 1 indoor title, becoming the first school to win three straight indoor championships in Group 1 since Haddonfield won four in a row from 2000 through 2003.
Willingboro led a 1-2-3 South Jersey finish at the Bennett Center in Toms River with 34 points. Audubon (29) and Camden (26) placed second and third.
The Chimeras won their first indoor state title back in 1983 in Group 4 and then won Group 3 in 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989, then Group 4 again in 1990, 1995 and 1997. Boro moved back into Group 3 and won state titles in 2000 and 2002 winning Group 2 in 2012 and Group 1 the last three years.
Only Christian Brothers Academy of Lincroft, with 25, and Asbury Park, with 15, have won more indoor state titles in New Jersey track history. Asbury Park’s last title came 24 years ago.
Going into the 4-by-400, Camden led the field with 26 points, Willingboro had 24 and Audubon had 23.
With seniors Zaire Clements, Sheraton Green and Jamaho Kingsley and sophomore Jaylen Young, Willingboro won a close 4-by-4 over Metuchen in 3:32.20, with Metuchen second in 3:32.88. The 10 points clinched the at least a tie for the team title, and when Camden didn’t place second that clinched the outright team title.
Audubon ran a close third in the relay with a 3:33.39 to secure six points and move into second place.
Willingboro picked up 16 points — nearly half their final total — in the high jump, where seniors Kameron Smith and Nate Robertson both cleared 6-6. Audubon’s Aden Tomeo also cleared 6-6 and got second on misses, just behind Smith and just ahead of Robertson.
Junior Deonte Allen threw 47-8 in the shot for fourth place and four huge points. The Chimeras also got two big points when junior Glenn Ferguson cleared a personal-best 12-0 in the pole vault for fifth place. Clements also took fifth in the 55-meter dash in 6.78.