Indoor track and field championships are non-gender specific at Egg Harbor Township High School this winter.
For the first time in school history, both the EHT girls and EHT boys won NJSIAA Indoor South Group IV titles last Sunday at the Bennett Indoor Complex in Toms River.
The EHT girls won their first indoor title behind freshman Lauren Princz and senior Ajae Alvarez. Princz won the 55-meter dash in 7.24 seconds, with Alvarez placing third in that event at 7.35. Alvarez, a Rider University commit, placed second in the 400 with an indoor school record time of 58.66 seconds, while Princz came in sixth in that event at 59.88.
Both Alvarez and Princz were on the winning 4x400 relay team, along with Emily Cheesman and Gabrielle Germann, as the Eagles ran a school record 4:03.51.
The Eagles also earned four points in the 1600 meter thanks to sophomore Olivia Shafer, who clocked in at 5:19.66 to earn fourth place in the run.
The EHT boys, despite losing several all-American runners to graduation last spring, won their third sectional title in four years, earning 54 points to beat Cherokee by nine. The Eagles' lone event win came courtesy of senior Donny Vineyard in the 800 meter. Vineyard ran a 2:01.34 and held off three runners, including Rancocas Valley's Micah Wood (2:01.66). Egg Harbor Township collected at least one point in eight events, led by Anthony Vazquez placing second in the 55 hurdles at 8.13 and Shaquille Boyd taking fourth in the same event. Joshua Cohen and Kevion Luo took 10 points in the pole vault as Cohen earned the silver medal by clearing 12-6. Senior Alvin Taliaferro added points on the field, taking third place in the high jump. The Eagles capped off the win by placing third in the 4x400m relay as Boyd, Vineyard, Ahmad Brock, and Luis Rivera-Turell ran a 3:34.32.
EHT will look to win its first state group championship since 2013 this weekend at the Bennett Center.