Lauren Princz has won tons of individual honors. She’s won state titles and Meet of Champions titles, she’s broken county records, she’s received all-state honors.
She’s done it all. The one thing that eluded Princz during her brilliant career at Egg Harbor Township was a state team title, and on Saturday she got that as well.
Princz earned three gold medals and led the Eagles to the state Group 4 championship, the first state championship in the program’s history.
Seniors Mariah Stephens, Michaela Pomatto and Anne Rutledge also came up huge for EHT, as did sophomore Jayda Green.
The Penn State-bound Princz out-raced some of the state’s best sprinters in the 100 and 200. She ran 11.92 to beat Eastern’s Jailya Ash in the 100 and then ran 24.23 to topple Julia Jackson of Scotch Plains in the 200. Princz also anchored EHT’s winning 400-meter relay team, which ran a blistering 47.79.
Princz hasn’t lost a 100 this year and has lost at 200 meters only once, in an open meet.
EHT outscored second-place Scotch Plains-Fanwood 56-41, with West Orange third with 37 points.
Egg Harbor becomes the first Atlantic County school to win a state girls title since Buena won Group 2 in 2011. The other Atlantic County state champs are Pleasantville in Group 2 in 1995 and Oakcrest in Group 3 in 1997.
EHT placed third in 2018 and fifth in 2019 and would have been a threat last year, but the state meet was wiped out by the COVID shutdown.
But the Eagles got the job this done, with Princz leading the way and getting a ton of help from her teammates.
MARIAH STEPHENS, SENIOR: Tremendous performance by Stephens, who jumped a personal-best 38-4 to win the triple jump by four inches over Tiara Wilson of West Orange. Stephens also reached the finals of the 100-meter hurdles. Stephens moved up to No. 13 in South Jersey history. Stephens also ran on the winning 4-by-1.
MICHAELA POMATTO, SENIOR: Pomatto popped a 121-1 on her first throw to take second in the discus for eight big points.
ANNE RUTLEDGE, SENIOR: Rutledge continued her outstanding season, running 1:03.16 for third place in the 400-meter intermediates and 58.33 for fifth place in the 400. Rutledge was the South Jersey Group 4 champ in both races, setting PRs of 57.21 and 1:02.94. Rutledge also ran the second leg on EHT’s winning 400-meter relay team.
JAYDA GREEN, SOPHOMORE: Green joined Princz, Stephens and Rutledge on the 4-by-1, which posted the No. 23 time in South Jersey history and No. 2 in Atlantic County history, behind only an EHT team from 2018 that ran 47.25 at the Meet of Champions. Jadyn Laramore, Siani Magruder and Ajae Alvarez-Tyler joined Princz on that team.