Even after the graduation of the remarkable Sharpe sisters, the Clayton girls track team is still loaded.
Clayton, which won the state Group 1 title last spring, placed second Thursday in the Group 1 state relays at the Bubble with 50 points, just eight points behind winner Hasbrouck Heights.
Junior Mirrah Perdue, freshman Marina Perdue, senior Ciera Smith and senior Rayael Marshall won the shuttle hurdle in 35.17 to begin the day and sophomore Miyana Johnson, junior Alanna Woolfolk, senior Erica Thomas and senior Kelsey Thomas followed by winning the 800-meter relay in 1:49.59.
Clayton also won the 1,600-meter relay, with Erica Thomas, Kelsey Thomas, Woolfolk and sophomore Leila Ortiz running 4:22.15 and leading a 1-2-3 South Jersey sweep with Woodstown [4:22.71] and Audubon [4:24.01].
Woolfolk cleared 5-2 and Johnson equalled her PR at 4-10 to give Clayton a win in the high jump relay at 10 feet.
Junior Maylisa Bluford threw 33-8 ¾ and junior Josephine Connolly a PR 31-6 for a total of 65-2 ¾ and 2nd place in the shot put relay.
Clayton added two points in the 3,200-meter relay, with the team of Mirrah Perdue, Smith, Johnson and Ortiz running 4:44.01 and taking 5th.
Woodstown won the 3,200-meter relay in 10:20.82 with the team of sophomore Kayla Ayers, senior Katelyn Deal, sophomore Sarah Seiden and junior Kayleigh Leyman. Audubon was 5th with senior Ava Rizzo, sophomore Ella Braddock and juniors Mia Munn and Madelin Carter running 10:40.71.
Woodbury junior Jamiyah Smith, junior Free Daley, sophomore Gabrielle White and senior Jordyn Miller-Knuckles ran 36.31 for 3rd in the shuttle hurdles, and senior Aylani Eberl, sophomore Allyson Green and juniors Grace O’Neill and Brooke Watt ran 36.54 for 5th-place Schalick.
Woodbury ran 1:55.26 for 5th in the 800-meter relay with senior Zhane Tunstall, freshman Mirly Saintsulne, Smith and senior Nyla Nelson.
In the sprint medley, Woodbury’s Tunstall, Smith, Nelson and Daley took 4th place in 4:42.01, just ahead of 5th-place Audubon, with junior Arianna Bittner, freshman Alaina Copsetta, junior Kira Collins and Carter going 4:42.16.
In the 4-by-4, Katelyn Deal, sophomore Jamie Deal, junior Arie Still and Ayers ran 4:22.71 for Woodstown, and Rizzo, Copsetta, Collins and Bittner ran 4:24.01 for 3rd-place Audubon.
Glassboro tied for 5th in the high jump relay with junior Rebecca Crispin clearing 4-10 and sophomore Kaylee Johnson 4-6.
Woodstown finished 4th with 18 points, Woodbury tied for 8th with 12 points