Union Catholic Boys Track Team Wins State Championship

SCOTCH PLAINS—Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains competed in the NJCTC winter track championship at the Rothman Center at Farleigh Dickinson University on Feb. 8. For the first time since the conception of the meet in 1958, the Union Catholic Boys’ Track Team, under the coaching direction of Michael McCabe, won the championship title.

Contributing to this title win were first place wins by senior Garrett Ellis in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.80 and the 400 meter run with a time of 51.20; senior Mike Suarez with a time of 6.50 in the 55 meter dash; and seniors Mike Suarez, Obinna Nwafor, Ryan Kilkenny and Garrett Ellis in the 4X400 meter relay.

In addition to these achievements senior Charles Eke place second in the shot put; junior Shariff Stubs placed third in the 55 meter dash; Mike Suarez placed third in the 400 meter run; Obinna Nwafor placed third in the high jump; and sophomore DJ Thornton placed fourth in the 3200 meter dash with a time of 9:58.30 and sixth in the boys 1600 meter run. Total points earned by Union Catholic were 75 placing them first out of sixteen other competing schools.

The UC girls placed fifth overall out of sixteen teams winning first place by senior Genesis Fulmer with a time of 1:03.40 in the varsity 400 meter run and third place in the 55 meter hurdles; sharing fifth place in the high jump were senior Tiara Brown and junior Danielle Hoff; running second in the 4X400 meter relay with a time of 4:17.10 were seniors Samantha Peters, Genesis Fulmer; junior Tess Lowe and freshmen Alexis Cubbage.

The Union Catholic High School 2008 Boys Track Team

State Champions—Pictured left to right; DJ Thornton, Rahway; Ryan Kilkenny, Rahway; Obinna Nwafor, East Orange; Garrett Ellis, Newark; Michael Suarez, Elizabeth; Charles Eke, Plainfield Missing from photo: Sharriff Stubs, Plainfield

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