Versatile sophomore Guerlande Pierre single-handled scored 32 points and the Timber Creek girls won their first sectional title in 10 years this weekend.
Pierre won the high jump at 5-0, placed 2nd in the long jump with a PR 17-5 ¾ and 2nd in the high hurdles with a PR 15.31 and added a 3rd-place in the shot put with a lifetime best of 35-2.
Timber Creek outscored Winslow 101-86 to win the South Jersey Group 3 title at Delsea, ending Winslow’s remarkable streak of eight consecutive South Jersey Group 3 championships, a streak that would have reached nine if the 2020 meet hadn’t been cancelled.
Winslow’s streak of eight straight titles is longest in South Jersey sectional history, one year longer than Woodbury’s seven-year streak from 1976 through 1982 in Group 1. It’s also tied for longest streak in state history in any sectional.
Mainland was a close 3rd with 83 points, just three points behind Winslow.
The last school other than Winslow to win SJ-3 was Timber Creek in 2012. Timber Creek also won SJ-3 in 2010.
Timber Creek scored 22 points in the three relays, and the unusual thing about that is that two girls – freshmen Billy Frazier and Adiat Olaogun-Dickson – ran on both the 4-by-100 and 4-by-800. That’s amazing range. Olaogun-Dickson also ran on the winning 4-by-400.
All 101 of Timber Creek’s points were scored by underclassmen. Of their 79 points in individual events, 65 were scored by sophomores and 10 by freshmen.
Sophomore Chloe Jones, freshman Ryan Jennings, junior Jessenia Edwards joined Olaogun-Dickson on the 4-by-4, which ran 3:57.35 – only 17-100ths of a second off the school record of 3:57.18 from the 2017 Meet of Champions.
Frazier, Olaogun-Dickson, Jennings and sophomore Naylah Jones ran 49.39 for 2nd in the 400-meter relay, and Frazier, sophomore Elaina Guillaume, freshman Ashley Haynes and Olaogun-Dickson ran on the 4-by-8, which was 4th in 10:26.84.
Chloe Jones won the 400 in 57.75 and also placed 6th in the 100 in 12.75 after going into the final as the No. 8 seed and 6th in the 200 in 25.78.
Naylah Jones took 2nd to Winslow’s Jaia James in both the 100 and 200. In the 100, she ran 12.25 in the final after a wind-aided 12.08 in the 100 trials. She ran a PR 25.46 in the 200. She was also 3rd in the 400 in a PR 58.12.
Jennings ran a PR 12.29 for 3rd in the 100 and a PR 25.59 for 4th in the 200.
Edwards scored in both the intermediates and triple jump, 34-2 ¾ for 5th in the triple jump and a 1 ½-second PR 1:10.28 for 6th in the intermediates.