The South Brunswick High School girls track team is not only consistent, it's consistently good.
South Brunswick completed the two-day Greater Middlesex Conference Relay Championships on Thursday night with 125 points, 70 more than Piscataway had in second place in the 18-team field. This is the seventh time in a row South Brunswick has won the event.
"Our girls team had a great two days of competition at the County Relays," South Brunswick Coach Stefan Moorhead said. "It was really nice to see our team come together and perform at a high level throughout the meet. Competing on our home track makes the victory extra special."
While South Brunswick has won the championship seven times in a row, this win was especially satisfying to Moorhead.
"It was only the second time in that streak that we scored in all 16 events," Moorhead said. "That shows that we are a well-rounded
team with a lot of depth. We won nine events, which is a tie for the most we have ever won at this meet. Most impressive is that we broke three meet records by large margins, each of which had been held by former Viking athletes."
The records came in the pole vault, sprint medley and the distance medley.
Lindsay Carbone and Savannah Barton both cleared 9' 6" in the pole vault. Lindsay Del Piano cleared 9 feet. Combined, the girls broke the meet record by three and a half feet.
Alicia Osley, Cayla Del Piano, Rochelle McDonald and Victoria Monteiro won the sprint medley in a time of 4:05.7. This was a record by five seconds.
Nicolette Mateescu, Alicia Osley, Cayla Del Piano and Emily Lane won the distance medley in a time of 12:45.04. This set the record by three seconds.
Julia Lekht, Savannah Baron, Zyjira Thomas and Aspen McMillan won the 4x100 hurdles (1:04.10)
Elissa Meranchik, Nicolette Mateescu, Cayla Del Piano and Zenzali Lael won the 4x1600 in a time of 22:15.02.
South Brunswick also excelled in the throwning events, winning the discus, javelin and shot put. Alyssa McFarlane was a part of all three wins.
McFarlane, Kristin Krier and Courtney Hendrickson won the javelin (292' 3"). Danielle Padovano, McFarlane and Nateya Harris won the shot (94' 9 1/2"). Padovano, McFarlane and Brianna Del Piano won the discus (275' 9").
Julia Lekht, Lindsay Carbone and Aspen McMillan won the long jump with a combined distance of 47' 1/2".
In other results, the 4x100 was second (50.17), the novice sprint medley was second (4:45.59), the 4x200 was third (1:45.99), the high jump was second (13' 10"), the triple jump was second (97' 7"), the 4x400 hurdles was fourth (3:34.98), the 4x400 came in fifth (4:19.13) and the 4x600 was sixth (10:18.46).
"I was also proud that we had 27 athletes who were part of the scoring, 10 of whom were freshmen," Moorhead said.
The previous week, Cayla Del Piano ran a time of 4:58.32 while competing at the Penn Relays. It was a Middlesex County record for the event and is the second fastest time run by someone in the state this year.
South Brunswick continued its success in the GMC relays, with a lot of teammates getting in on the fun.
"Overall, we were very pleased with how the girls performed,' Moorhead said. "We will hopefully use this victory to build momentum going into the rest of the championship season."