Willingboro’s 18th outdoor sectional title was much like the first 17. The Chimeras got big-time performances from their stars, covered just about every event on the track and in the field and found a way to come out on top.
The Boro won its third consecutive sectional title this weekend in dominating fashion, outscoring Roselle Park 103-75 in the Central Jersey Group 1 meet at Long Beach.
The Chimeras won South Jersey Group 2 in 2018 and Central Jersey Group 1 in 2019. There were no sectionals last year.
This was Martin Booker’s eighth sectional title, including five when he coached at Camden. It’s only the third time Willingboro has won three straight sectional titles. They won South Jersey Group 4 from 1977 through 1980 and won South Jersey Group 3 in 2003 and Central Jersey Group 3 in 2004 and 2005.
Willingboro’s 18 sectional titles are most in South Jersey history. Pennsauken Grove has won 15 and Winslow and Woodbury 13.
The only school in New Jersey with more sectional titles is New Providence, which has won 21 in Group 1 and Group 2 in North Section 2 (including 15 of 19 from 1984 through 2002).
And the Boro isn’t going away. Senior Glenn Ferguson won the pole vault, Immanuel Marcel placed in both horizontal jumps and Kierkegaadson Theobrun ran a leg on the winning 4-by-4. Other than that, all of Willingboro’s points came from underclassmen.
Let’s take a look at Willingboro’s
MALACHI JAMES, FRESHMAN: James doubled the 100 in 10.95 and 200 in 22.46 becoming the first South Jersey freshman in at least 35 years to record a sectional double. Bridgeton’s Ray Wilks came close in 1992, winning the South Jersey Group 3 discus at 155-5 and placing third in the shot with a 50-6 1/2, just 11 inches behind winner Gus Swain of Woodrow Wilson. He’s the first Willingboro sprinter to double the 100 and 200 at sectionals since Isaac Williams won South Jersey Group 2 with 11.21 and 22.38 in 2012. He also won the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.16 and was third in the high jump at 6-2. James also anchored Willingboro’s winning 4-by-1, which ran 44.58.
C.J. JOHNSON, JUNIOR: Johnson had a huge day, with PRs in both the shot and the disc. Johnson won the shot at 51-8 1/2 and the discus with a 129-7. Johnson became the first Willingboro thrower to double the shot and disc at sectionals since Ell Ash won Central Jersey Group 3 in 2004 with a 58-5 3/4 and 160-4.
GLENN FERGUSON, SENIOR: Ferguson won his first sectional title and became the second straight Willingboro pole vaulter to win a sectional title. Dontavis Wilson cleared 12-6 to win the 2019 CJ-1 vault.
ANAIAS HUGHES, JUNIOR: Hughes came into sectionals with a hurdles PR of 15.95. He matched that in the trials, then recorded a huge PR of 15.57 in the finals for third place. Also took second in the high jump at 5-8, which matched his PR.
MILES ALLEN, JUNIOR: Allen ran PRs of 58.93 for second in the intermediates and 53.43 for fourth in the 400. According to MileSplit, Allen had never previously run a flat 400, although he probably has in dual meets. That’s 10 big points for Allen. He also ran legs on Willingboro’s winning 4-by-100 (44.58) and 4-by-4 (3:33.63).
CHRISTOPHER F. JOHNSON, JUNIOR: Another hurdler, another PR. Johnson, a first-year intermediate hurdler, went under 60 seconds for the first time for fourth place. Also ran a leg on Willingboro’s winning 4-by-4 (3:33.63).
IMMANUEL MARCEL, SENIOR: Jumped a personal-best 18-11 1/2 for sixth place in the long jump and jumped 40-0 3/4 for sixth in the triple jump.
JACKSON MIURRY, FRESHMAN: Murry placed sixth in the 200 with a personal-best 23.56
BRYSON BRIGHT, JUNIOR: Ran lead-off on the winning 400-meter relay team, which ran 44.58.
GEORGAN COLLINS, JUNIOR: Ran legs on Willingboro’s winning 4-by-100 (44.58) and 4-by-4 (3:33.63).
KIERKEGAADSON THEOBRUN, SENIOR: Anchored the Chimeras’ winning 4-by-4, which ran 3:33.63.