Daniel Do, Stephen Conte, Chris Shaw lead Stockon to sweep in first XC meet in 16 months!

Daniel Do of Absegami, Stephen Conte of Paul VI and Chris Shaw of Washington Township Helped Stockton sweep the top 5 spots in a five-team XC meet Saturday.

Do ran 17:37 and placed 3rd, Conte 17:38 for 4th and Shaw 18:01 for 5th over 5,000 meters in the Stockton Invitational in Galloway Township, and Stockton outscored second-place New Jersey City University 15-49. Rutgers Camden was third with 67 points.

Cooper Knorr of Manalapan won the race in 16:08 and Kyle Navalance from Toms River North was second in 16:56. Knorr, Navalance and Do are seniors, Conte is a junior and Shaw a sophomore.

It was Stockton’s first XC meet in 16 months and it was Conte’s first race in 2 1/2 years after missing last year’s XC season with an injury.

Rutgers Camden was led by junior Vinny Maine of Camden Catholic in 7th and sophomore Andrew Barnhardt of Audubon in 8th.

Stockton will host the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships on March 20.

Sterling grad Jessie Klenk of Stockton wins 5-team XC invitational!

Sterling graduate Jessie Klenk, a Stockton University junior, was the overall winner in a small XC meet Saturday featuring runners from five New Jersey colleges. 

Klent ran 20:37 over 5,000 meters on Stockton’s campus in Galloway Township, and freshman teammate and Eastern graduate Kierstin Clem was second at 21:13.

Stockton was the only school with five finishers. Stockton senior Jamie Wun from Moorestown, freshman Madeline Corbett from Mainland Regional and senior Melanie Ressler from Fair Lawn finished 5th, 6th and 7th overall.

Clem and Corbett were both running their first career collegiate race and their first XC race since 2019 sectionals at Delsea.

Also in the top 10 were Gloucester County College freshman Jeanine Morrow of Washington Township (8th) and Rutgers-Camden freshman Rebecca Savage from Audubon.

Cherokee grad Abby Gilmore earns 4×8 NAIA All-America honors for Olivet Nazarene!

Cherokee graduate Abby Gilmore earned All-America honors Friday when she ran a leg on Olivet Nazarene’s 6th-place 3,200-meter relay team at the NAIA Indoor Nationals.

Gilmore ran a personal-best 2:21 split and Olivet Nazarene University of Bourbonnais, Ill., ran 9:32.45 at the Ruth Donohue First Dakota Fieldhouse on the campus of Mount Marty University in Yankton, S.D.

Gilmore ran the third leg. The Tigers ran 9:35.64 Wednesday, the 7th-fastest time in the trials, to qualify for the final. This is the third time the Tigers have earned indoor All-America honors in the 4-by-8. They placed 6th in 2014 and 7th in 2016.

Eustace grad Connor Melko registers top-20 finish at Patriot League XC!

Bishop Eustace graduate Connor Melko was Lehigh’s No. 2 runner and placed 17th overall at the Patriot League Cross Country Championships Friday in Bethlehem.

Melko ran 22:40 over the 4.7-mile course on Lehigh’s south campus, an average of 4:49 per mile and finished just five seconds behind senior Bradford DeMassa, Lehigh’s No. 1 runner.

Melko, a Mickleton, Gloucester County native, placed 46th in the Patriot League XC meet as a freshman in November of 2019, so he improved 29 spots in one year. This was only Melko’s second race in the last year.

Army went 1-2-8-9-21 and won the team title 41-49 over Boston University. Lehigh finished fifth.

Castaneda, Woodward, Reed all shine at MAAC XC Championships!

Richie Castaneda finished 15th, Ben Woodard 20th and Sebastien Reed 26th in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference XC Championships Friday.

Castaneda, a Rider sophomore from Camden Catholic, ran 25:32 over 8,000 meters at Seaview Golf Club in Galloway Township, outside Absecon in Atlantic County. He finished 90th in the conference meet as a freshman in the fall of 2019, so he improved 75 spots since his last MAAC meet. His 25:32 is a 5K or 8K PR on any course, shattering his previous PR set in October of 2019 at West Windsor Fields near Princeton by more than a minute and a half.

Woodard, a Rider junior from Highland, ran 25:39, which was also a PR, breaking his 5M or 8K best of 25:43 set in that same race at Princeton in the fall of 2019.

Reed, a Monmouth freshman from Pitman, ran 25:59 in his second career college race and first over 8,000 meters.

Castaneda was Rider’s top finisher and Woodard was the Broncos’ third man. Reed was Monmouth’s fifth finisher and the 4th freshman overall across the line.

Iona of New Rochelle, N.Y., won with a perfect 15 points, sweeping the top seven spots. Monmouth outraced Rider 77-94 for second place.

Delsea grad Colin Kane records top-20 finish in Atlantic 10 XC Championships!

Delsea grad Colin Kane, a St. Joe’s sophomore, recorded a top-20 finish Friday in the Atlantic 10 XC Championships.

Kane ran 25:04 over five miles at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville, Va., just outside of Richmond. He was out slowly – in 45th place through one mile and in 30th at the 3.4K before picking up 11 spots over the final 5.6K.

Kane was St. Joe’s No. 2 runner, finishing behind only senior Matt Scarpill, who was 4th in 24:41. 

Camden Catholic graduate Matt Coffey, another St. Joe’s sophomore, finished 68th in 26:20 and St. Joe’s freshman Max Kelly from Ocean was three seconds back of Coffey.

Richmond won with 44 points. St. Joe’s took 4th with 88 points.

Monmouth freshman Allie Pierontoni of Kingsway takes 6th at MAAC XC!!!

In only her second college race, Kingsway graduate Allie Pierontoni, a freshman at Monmouth, placed 6th out of over 100 runners Friday at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference XC Championships.

Pierontoni ran 22:15 over 6,000 meters at Seaview Golf Course in Galloway Township, Atlantic County. She was Monmouth’s No. 1 runner and finished only 32 seconds behind conference champion Gemma Nuttall of Iona.

In her only previous race as a collegian, Pierontoni ran 18:22 over 5,000 meters to win the Jasper Invitational in Montgomery, N.Y. two weeks ago.

In her race Friday, she ran 18:32 5,000 pace over 6,000 meters.

Pierontoni ran 2:17, 5:02 and 10:52 at Kingsway and was 5th at the 2020 indoor Meet of Champions at Ocean Breeze with that 10:52.53.  

Iona scored 36 points to win the team title. Monmouth was 4th of 10 teams with 83 points, behind Iona, Siena (58) and Quinnipiac (70).

Lenape’s Ian Camerato joins the 50-foot club in shot put!

Lenape senior Ian Camerato moved into the No. 8 spot in New Jersey in the shot put Wednesday when he threw 51-7 in a dual meet against Cherokee at the Bubble.

His previous indoor PR was a 46-6 from a meet in Virginia Beach in January.

Camerato surpassed his previous PR of 50-11 3/4, which he hit competing unattatched at an outdoor all-shot put meet in September at Kutztown (Pa.) High School.

Camerato is one of 10 50-foot throwers in New Jersey so far during this curtailed indoor season, and his 51-7 ranks No. 2 in South Jersey, behind Joe Metezger of Delea, who threw 54-8 3/4 at the Bubble last month.

His throw is the best indoors by a Lenape athlete since Ray Stinsman hit 53-1 1/2 at the 2009 Meet of Champions, also at the Bubble.

Lenape’s school record is 53-5 1/2, set 42 years ago by Dave DeMattia when he won the state Group 4 title at Jadwin Gym in 1979 in a 1-2 Burlington County finish over Cinnaminson’s Mike Stonebeck, who threw 53-1.

Kingsway’s Aubrey Pierontoni adds 800 PR to her 1,600 PR at the Bubble!

Kingsway sophomore Aubrey Pierontoni added an 800 PR to her 1,600 PR from a few days earlier, both races at the Bubble.

Last week, Pierontoni ran 5:10.01 in the 1,600, winning by about 60 meters over Delsea sophomore Lillie Widmer. Pierontoni’s previous 1,600 PR was a 5:13.74 at Group 4 sectionals last winter. Widmer ran a near-PR of 5:22.74 – less than half a second off her PR from a week earlier.

And then on Tuesday, Pierontoni ran 2:23.21, again unpressed. Her previous 800 PR was also indoors, a 2:24.58 last year at a SJTCA meet at the Bennett Center.

The 2:23.21 makes Pierontoni the top underclassman in New Jersey so far during this abridged indoor season and No. 5 overall and also No. 3 in South Jersey. She’s also No. 5 in the state in the 1,600 and No. 2 in South Jersey.

Pierontoni is coming off a short but terrific XC season that saw her run 19:37 at Holmdel, when she won the “Navy Race” at the East Coast XC Championships by half a minute. 

R.V.’s Quarterman, Pennsauken’s Jennings battle in Bubble 55-meter dash!

There was quite a competitive 55-meter dash in a quad meet between Rancocas Valley, Pennsauken and Northern Burlington Monday at the Bennett Center in Toms River.

R.V. junior Herbert Quarterman, a transfer from St. Joe’s Prep, won in 6.72 in his first 55 as a Red Devil, and Pennsauken freshman Elijah Jennings was second in 6.83 in his first high school 55. James McGhee of R.V. was third in 6.86, just off his PR of 6.83 from last year’s Easterns.

Quarterman’s time is No. 2 so far this year in South Jersey, behind Deptford senior John Adams, who ran 6.63 last month at the Bennett Center. Jennings’ time is No. 1 among New Jersey freshmen, and McGhee’s time is No. 6 so far in South Jersey.

R.V. junior David Murry ran a 53.68 PR for 400 meters, edging Pennsauken sophomore Premier Wynn, who ran 53.79 in his first lifetime 400.