Rancocas Valley stayed at home for the Meet of Champions instead of racing at New Balance Nationals, and the Red Devils emerged with a triumph in the 800-meter relay.
Seniors Anabella Chin, Jya Marshall and Olivia Smith and junior Kasey White ran 49.86 and won by 1-100th of a second over North Hunterdon.
North Hunterdon ran 49.87 in the second of three sections, and R.V. ran in the final race and crossed the line 1-100th of a second faster.
It was R.V.’s first Meet of Champions win in the 400-meter relay and second MoC relay title. The Red Devils won the 4-by-4 in 2019.
R.V. ran a season-best 48.65 to win Group 4 states last weekend.
It was a tricky race for the Rancocas Valley girls because they knew they had to run faster than 49.87, but they were in a race with nobody to push them.
The Red Devils won the “seeded” race by over a second.
Rancocas Valley is the first South Jersey school to win the Meet of Champions 4-by-100 since Winslow Township in 2016 and the first Burlington County school since Michelle Glover and Willingboro won it in 1980. (It wasn’t held from 1981 through 2009.)