Rancocas Valley doesn’t just win Burlington County Opens.
R.V. recorded its third straight boys and girls County Open sweep Saturday, but considering the 2018 meet was suspended because of rain without a team winner being declared and last year’s meet fell victim to the pandemic, neither Rancocas Valley program has lost a County Open since 2016. And considering how dominating the Red Devils have been since then, it’s fair to assume they would have swept both titles in 2018 and 2020 as well.
Even without the 2018 and 2020 meets, R.V. is the first school to record three straight Open sweeps since Willingboro from 2003 through 2005. In terms of duration, this is the longest stretch ever that one team has won every Open team title. The boys meet dates back to 1929, the girls meet to 1978.
Look at these margins of victory:
2021: Boys 49 points, Girls 30 points, Total 79 points.
2019: Boys 62 points, Girls 109 points, Total 171 points.
2017: Boys 82 points, Girls 13 points, Total 95 points
The boys’ county winning streak goes back to 2014, with wins by 47 points in 2016, 36 in 2015 and 35 points in 2014. Their streak of six straight Open titles is 4th-longest in the meet’s nearly 100-year history behind Willingboro’s 16-year run from 1976 through 1991, Boro’s seven-year streak from 1999 through 2005 and Palmyra’s 10-year stretch from 1941 through 1950.
Cherokee placed second in both meets Saturday in the 82nd annual Open, held again on R.V.’s track in Mount Holly.
The R.V. girls suffered an early blow when senior Sheriyah Nutt – top seed in the 100 and 400 – pulled up with what looked like a hamstring injury in the 100 final and missed the rest of the meet.
But this R.V. team is so deep and covers just about every event, and Nutt’s teammates picked up the slack.
Junior Annabella Chin won both hurdles, freshman Leah Howe won the 400 in a PR 59.39, senior Rachel Satchell won the triple jump with a huge PR of 35-3- 3/4 moving up from third on her final jump, and junior Ravin Hood won the shot put.
R.V. also got big contributions from sophomore Meshona Ogoemesim (3rd in 100), freshman Sabrina Paz (2nd in 1,600), senior Abby Boggs (2nd in PV), junior Anaya Young (3rd in LJ, 5th in TJ), junior Sanai Jenkins (3rd in IH, 6th in HH), junior Jya Marshall (3rd in 400, 6th in 200), junior Mia Paolone (3rd in PV) and senior Melanie Jimenez (5th in 800).
Sophomore Kennedy Garcia, sophomore Brielle Johnson, freshman Savanna Riddick and sophomore Kasey White won the 4-by-1, Marshall, Howe, White and Ogoemesim won the 4-by-4, and Jenkins, senior Jordan Myers, sophomore Taylor Myers and senior Emily Paulin were second in the 4-by-8.
They’re not going away anytime soon.
The Red Devil boys rolled up 135 points, their fewest at the last four meets but the 4th-most in meet history. So yeah, their last four performances have produced the four-highest point totals in meet history.
Senior Jalen Blango scored 30 points with a win in the long jump, second in the triple jump and high jump and fourth in the high hurdles, and senior James McGhee added 18 points with seconds in the 200 and 400 and a fifth in the 100.
Senior Kai Deery won the pole vault and senior Gabriel Wilson the triple jump, and R.V. also got big contributions from senior Isaiah Arzu (2nd in 100, 5th in 200), junior Masai Byrd (6th in 100), junior David Murry (3rd in 400, 4th in 200), junior Andre Faigal (2nd in 1,600), sophomore Ryan Smith (5th in 3,200), junior Herbert Quarterman (2nd in HH), senior Emmanuel Ibidapo (5th in IH) and senior Maurice Obanor (4th in HJ).
Also, Byrd, Quarterman, Arzu and sophomore Jadon Kendrick ran 42.11 to win the 400-meter relay, Byrd, junior Denzel Cedeno, Wilson and senior Milton Boyd ran 3:32.97 for second in the 4-by-4 and junior Alex Pratt, Faigal, Cedeno and junior Chris Rooney took fourth in the 4-by-800.
Congrats to boys coach Jeff Dzuranin, girls coach Eric Warren and both Red Devils programs on continued domination on the county stage!