An unusual 26 points for Justin Milligan helps Maple Shade win first BCSL title in 11 years!

Justin Milligan won two events and scored in another to help Maple Shade win the Freedom Division title at the BCSL Championships Saturday at Pennsauken.

And it was quite an unusual set of events that he scored in.

Milligan, a Maple Shade senior, led 1-2-3 Maple Shade sweeps in the 800 and 1,600 and also placed third in the discus! 

Milligan ran 2:05.96 to win the 800, leading teammates senior Roger Hof and junior Murphy Hastings in second and third, and he ran 4:40.27 to win the 1,600, with junior Lincoln Ormsby and Hastings in second and third.

Milligan threw 100-9 for third in the discus, less than five feet behind winner senior Robert Stroehlein of New Egypt.

According to his New Jersey MileSplit profile, it’s the first time he’s ever thrown the discus in a major meet.

Milligan’s 4:40.27 broke a three-year-old 1,600 PR of 5:08.83 from the 2018 BCSL meet at Northern Burlington. His 800 PR is 2:04.37 from the 2019 South Jersey Invitational at Delsea.

Maple Shade also swept the 3,200, with Ormsby winning in 10:34.63 junior Ryan Olesky second and sophomore Chad Cloke third.

That’s 72 points in three events for the Wildcats, who doubled New Egypt 207-102 to win the divisional title.

This was Maple Shade’s first BCSL team title since the Wildcats won the Freedom Division in 2010. Shade also won BCSL titles in 1983, 1984, 1992, 1998 and 2003.

Maple Shade’s other individual winners were sophomore Sean Loomis in the 200 and junior Brennen King in the pole vault. 

The Wildcats also won the 1,600-meter relay, but the results site does not list the four runners.

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