The future looks incredible for the young Pennsauken track team. The present is pretty darn good as well.
With all but one of their points coming from freshmen and sophomores, Pennsauken won its second title in six years this weekend, piling up 61 points in the state Group 3 championships on its home track.
Pennsauken outscored Morris Hills 61-48, with Colts Neck (44) third. Pennsauken only previous state title came in Group 3 in 2016 at Northern Burlington.
It’s believed that Pennsauken is the first school ever to win a state title at its home facility. If it ever happened before, it was more than 50 years ago.
Sophomore Bryce Tucker picked up a 1st, a 2nd and a 3rd and anchored a winning relay, so he had a hand in 34 of Pennsauken’s 61 points.
But this was definitely a team effort.
Let’s take a look at how Pennsauken made it happen!
100-METER DASH [6 points]
Freshman Elijah Jennings ran 11.09 for third after an 11.24 in the trials.
200-METER DASH [4 points]
Sophomore Ejani Shakir ran 22.08 for fourth place into a 1.9 meters-per-second wind.
400-METER DASH [9 points]
Tucker ran a personal-best 48.64 and placed second. His previous PR was 48.89. His time is fastest by a South Jersey sophomore since Moorestown’s Brandon Outlaw ran 48.52 at the 2015 Meet of Champions.
800-METER RUN [6 points]
Tucker, seeded 6th in the 800, ran 1:56.31 for third place.
400-METER HURDLES [16 points]
Tucker ran a U.S. #5 52.68, shattering the South Jersey sophomore class record and winning by more than 2 1/2 seconds. Sophomore Premier Wynn was third in 56.51. For more on Tucker’s 400IH performance, click here.
400-METER RELAY [8 points]
Pennsauken ran a season-best 42.81 for second to Deptford’s 42.74. Jennings, Shakir, sophomore Kahlil Ali and Wynn ran for the Indians.
1,600-METER RELAY [10 points]
Shakir, Ali, Wynn and Tucker locked up the team title with a 3:18.36 win, turning the tables on Deptford, which took second in 3:18.50. Shakir (49.79), Wynn (48.96) and Tucker (47.14!!!) all split sub-50. It was Pennsauken’s fastest 4-by-4 since the 2016 team ran 3:17.74 at the Woodbury Relays.
TRIPLE JUMP [1 point]
Ali placed sixth with a 42-2, tying his personal best that he set last sectionals.
JAVELIN [1 point]
The lone point from a Pennsauken athlete who isn’t a freshman or sophomore came from senior Chris Weaver in the javelin. Weaver, the No. 13 seed, placed sixth with a PR throw of 152-2. He had never thrown 140 until sectionals.