Covering High School Sports in America
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Olivia Baker, Columbia

The Newark Star-Ledger reported that the Columbia (Maplewood, N.J.) girls ran the second-fastest sprint medley relay in high school history (3:52.07) on Saturday while notching the title during the annual New Balance National Championships in Greensboro, N.C. The record of 3:51.90 has stood since 2007.

Rising senior Olivia Baker continued her quest to gain legendary status when she ran the 400-meter leg in 53.1 seconds. Shanika Dessein ran the 800-meter anchor leg in 2:09.34. Baker also ran a 2:13.03 anchor as Columbia won the 4x800 national title in 9:01.12

Baker had reached superstar status when she became the first athlete ever to win four gold medals in the New Jersey Meet of Champions. She also is involved in music, astronomy and wants to become a neurosurgeon.

Union Catholic (Scotch Plains, N.J.) won the boys shuttle hurdles relay in 56.63 seconds, No. 3 all-time.

Another New Jersey star, Keturah Orji of Mount Olive (Flanders, N.J.), won the girls triple jump at 43-9 1/4, which is No. 6 all-time.