UC Girls Surge at New Balance Indoor Track and Field Nationals


Erica Dines, Staff Writer

The Union Catholic girls’ track team left UC on Thursday, March 9, to go to Boston, Massachusetts, for The New Balance Indoor Nationals. Due to their excellent accomplishments, 23 girls qualified to compete at the national level.

“We all put in a lot of effort to get here; the daily drills and extended training sessions paid off,” said Maameyaa Nyinah ’23. The girls’ track team at Union Catholic is one of the best in New Jersey and is poised to carry on the tradition in the coming years. The girls came home with a national team title in the shuttle hurdle relays and second in the 4×800, breaking the formal national record by 3 seconds. The shuttle hurdle relays included Leah Gould ’24, Taylor Cox ’25, Alex Bonn ’23, and Ebony Turner ’26. The 4X800 relay included Maameyaa Nyinah ’23, Jimmiea King ’26, Peyton Hollis ’24, and Kaleigh Gunsiorowski ’23. The girls 4×200 included Taylor Aska ’25, Taylor Cox ’25, Leah Gould ’24, and Natalia Thompson ’26. The girls’ 4×200 broke the NJ State record and placed 4th at Nationals.

In conclusion, the girls from Union Catholic won two relay team championships. “We had a great indoor season, and now that the outdoor season is coming up, we’re striving to win county and state championships,” added Alex Moore, ’23. The track team continues to receive support from the Union Catholic community as they win numerous team championships. Their remarkable athleticism was on display in the New Balance Indoor Nationals.