The Egg Harbor Township High School boys indoor track and field team combined speed with power to win a state title at the Bennett Center in Toms River on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Pleasantville twins Jacob and Isaac Clark added to their legacy by leading the Greyhounds to a state title.

Those efforts capped an outstanding day by local athletes.

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Seven local athletes won individual state titles. The top six, plus ties, in each event in each group advance to next weekend's Meet of Champions.

EHT outscored Trenton Central 34-32 to win the Group IV boys championship. The state championship is the first indoor or outdoor boys track and field title in school history.

"We knew with this group of kids that we have that this would be the year to get a state title," EHT coach Ryan Smith. "They did everything we asked of them. They work hard every single day and they're getting the results."

Curtis Fitzpatrick epitomized EHT's effort.

The 5-foot-10, 220-pound senior won the 55-meter dash in 6.51 seconds. Fitzpatrick also finished second in the shot put with a put of a 56 feet, 11 inches.

EHT swept the top three places in the shot put. James Plummer won with a throw of 58-10. Kofi Yamoah finished third at 56-9.

Fitzpatrick's effort awed many of the coaches and teams at the meet. It is rare to find athlete who is a sprinter and a shot putter. The dash and the shot put were held almost simultaneously.

"People came up to us at the meet and just said, 'Wow!' " Smith said. "What Curtis does is such a unique thing."

Greyhounds do it again

The Pleasantville boys completed their version of the triple crown by winning the state Group I title.

The Greyhounds outscored second-place Hanover Park 54-20.

Pleasantville won the South Jersey Group I title last weekend. The Greyhounds won the state Group I relay championship in January. Pleasantville also won all three of those championships last winter.

"We call it the triple crown and we were shooting for it again this year," Pleasantville coach Alan Laws said.

Once again, the Clark twins led the Greyhounds to victory Saturday.

Jacob won the 800 run in a group I meet record of 1:55.25, breaking the mark of 1:56.05 set Ranjan Sinha of Bernards in 1985. Isaac also broke the meet record, running 1:55.47 to finish second.

"It means a lot," Jacob said of the meet record. "I can come back from college and show people that me and my brother broke a (1985) record. I'm grateful. We come out there every meet and just try to do our best for our team and our coach."

Jacob also won the 1,600 in 4:18.22.

"He ran smart, and he ran smooth," Laws said of Jacob, "and he got better with each lap."

Isaac finished second in the 400 dash in 49.67.

Pleasantville also picked up points from Dagoberto Arias (fourth in the 800 in 2:00.74) and Tyriq Adams (third in the high jump with a leap of 6-0). The Greyhounds also finished second in the 4x400 relay in 3:28.09.

With their success Saturday, the Clark twins continue to amaze their coaches and teammates.

Laws' son, Alan Jr., helps his father coach.

"My son told me he hadn't seen anything like the (Clark twins)," Laws said. "I said, 'Me neither.' "

More excellence

Four other local athletes won state titles.

Lola Agabalogun of EHT won the state Group IV girls shot put with a school record put of 40-7.75.

Casey Sturts of Buena Regional cleared 10-0 to win the Group I girls pole vault.

Chase Toliver of Oakcrest won the Group III 55 boys hurdles in 7.64 seconds.

Braheme Days Jr. of Bridgeton won the Group II boys shot put with a put of 68-2.25.

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