EGG HARBOR-- Winning one sectional title is a great achievement.
Taking home a pair is something few can say they’ve done.
But to win three sectional championships in one weekend, that’s a rarity only the best of the best can reach.
Kingsway’s Rachel Vick took home the gold in the 800, 1600 and 3200 meters at the South Jersey Group 4 meet at Egg Harbor Township on Friday and Saturday.
“I had high expectations for this weekend,” Vick said. “I just wanted to go out with a bang.”
Vick started the weekend in the 1,600 meters on Friday night, topping the charts in 4:52.88 ahead of a crowded field.
“Starting with a good race was really important because I knew I had to run all three,” Vick said. “Having a good one just gave me confidence and told me I can do this.”
Vick ran with all sorts of confidence Saturday afternoon, taking home victories in the 800 and 3,200 meters.
The Kingsway senior scored gold in the 800 meters in a time of 2:13.00 and first in the 3,200 in 10:32.53.
“I wanted to do well time wise in each event and I placed a lot for the team,” Vick said. “I did want to focus individually on time. It gives you a good start for the beginning of championship season.”
Out of the three, the 1,600 carries a little more significance than the other two for the triple champion.
“I think it’s my mile because during my sophomore year that was my best race,” Vick said. “I feel like that’s where it started.”
What makes the achievement even more incredible is the fields Vick went against all weekend. Kingsway was locked in a five-way team battle with Howell, Eastern, Rancocas Valley and Lenape.
“It is pretty cool,” Vick said. “New Jersey in every single event, there’s someone who is really amazing and they’re great competition, especially in what I was racing. It is really cool to be able to say what I did.”
But just because she thrived this weekend, doesn’t mean Vick is anywhere close to ending her season. She has her eyes on the prizes at next weekend’s Group 4 meet and the Meet of Champions in two weeks.
“I think it’s just keep working on my times,” Vick said. “I can improve in some of them. It’s just working on time.”