Timber Creek's Hagamin beats rival, wins state hurdles

Posted: June 03, 2013

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. - Timber Creek junior Kevin Hagamin knew something was different Saturday at the Group 3 state track and field championships.

He looked to his side and didn't see Oakcrest's Chase Toliver, the senior who had topped him in districts, ahead of him, and then he heard his mother yelling from the stands.

As Hagamin crossed the finish line for the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.45 seconds, he triumphantly pounded his right fist against his chest.

"I finally beat my rival," Hagamin said. "He probably beat me a good 15 times."

Hagamin, who transferred from Camden before this season and did not compete for Timber Creek until early May because of a back injury, not only earned a personal victory - Toliver placed second, a tenth of a second behind - but also cemented his role on the Group 3 boys' champions.

"I managed to bring something new to the team," Hagamin said after Timber Creek won its fifth state title in the last six years. "I feel like I'm part of the family now. Today was like my confirmation. I'm a part of the team, a part of the family."

Timber Creek junior Jamaad Muse picked up Group 3 titles in the 400-meter dash (47.14) and the 200 (21.68), and he is looking forward to participating in Wednesday's Meet of Champions.

"I'm looking forward to bigger and better things," Muse said. "I'm not just focused on being the best. I'm focused on being the best out of everybody."

Clean sweep. Winslow Township junior Torie Robinson didn't expect to win four sectional titles, and she doubted she would repeat her dominant performance in the Group 3 championships.

Robinson knew she had competition from Jefferson's Katie Halter in the 100 hurdles.

After she edged Halter at the line by three hundredths of a second, the typically focused and competitive Robinson couldn't help but flash a smile.

"I thought I saw myself pass her at the line," said Robinson, who finished in 14.40 seconds. "I thought I had her."

"Last weekend, Torie was so sore," Winslow Township coach George Horne said. "She broke through. She started using muscles she hasn't used in a while. When she broke through in the hurdles, we knew she was going to break through in everything else."

Robinson also won the 100 (11.91), 200 (24.96), and 400 hurdles (1:00.91).

Robinson helped Winslow win its first state title since 2004, when the Eagles competed in Group 4.

Winslow Township also swept through its major competitions, winning the Camden County Championships, South Jersey Group 3, and now state Group 3.

"It feels really great," said Cidae'a Woods, who finished second in the 100 (12.11) and the long jump (19 feet, 91/4 inches). "We were hoping that we got this perfect season."

"We were supposed to be building this year and be really strong next year," Horne said. "They accepted every workout we threw at them this year. They're taking workouts I never thought they could handle, and they're doing it as a team."

Contact Nick Carroll and ncarroll@phillynews.com.

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