Kingsway boys show crazy distance strength in winning SJ-3 title!

Noah Culbreath, shown here in an earlier race at the Armory, helped Kingsway win its third straight SJ-3 title.

Sixteen points in the 800. Sixteen points in the 1,600. Sixteen points in the 3,200.

Kingsway won its first indoor sectional title over the weekend, and it did it so in record-setting fashion.

A huge part of the Dragons’ championship was a crazy performance in the three distance races. The Dragons ran 2-3-5 in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200, scoring enough points in just those three events to place third overall in the team standings.

Seniors Trevor Culbreath (2:02.66), Myles Boerlin (2:02.67) and Noah Culbreath (2:02.77) did the damage in the 800, Noah Culbreath (4:27.32), Boerlin (4:32.88) and senior Kyle Evernham (4:33.05) handled the 1,600, and Evernham (10:04.74), Noah Culbreath (10:06.28) and freshman Joe Grandizio (10:08.34) took care of the 3,200 for Kingsway.

Noah Culbreath, Evernham, Gandizio and Boerlin were the heart of the Kingsway cross country team, all placing in the top 20 at states, where Kingsway placed a close second to Cherry Hill East.

But Kingsway scored in a lot of other places too on the way to a whopping 42-point margin of victory over Timber Creek.

Kingsway scored 97 points, most ever in South Jersey Group 3 indoors since the inception of the indoor sectional meets in 2008 and also most ever by any Group 3 school in any group state-wide.

Here’s a look at every boys team that’s reached 90 points in the South Jersey indoor sectionals:

  • 110 Glassboro (Group 1, 2009)
  • 110 Haddonfield (Group 1, 2010)
  • 105 Delsea (Group 2, 2011)
  • 101 Delsea (Group 2, 2010)
  • 97 Kingsway (Group 3, 2015)
  • 96 Highland (Group 2, 2014)
  • 94 Haddonfield (Group 1, 2014)
  • 93 Kingsway (Group 3, 2014)
  • 92.5 Pleasantville (Group 1, 2008)

And here are the top point totals by Group 3 schools in meet history:

  • 97 Kingsway (South, 2015)
  • 93 Kingsway (South, 2014)
  • 91 Timber Creek (South, 2014)
  • 90 Northern Valley-Demarest (North I, 2014)
  • 88 West Windsor-Plainsboro North (Central, 2009)
  • 87 West Windsor-Plainsboro North (Central, 2012)
  • 86 Kingsway (South, 2013)
  • 84 Jackson (Central, 2010)
  • 82 Irvington (North II, 2013)
  • 79 Oakcrest (South, 2012)

So Kingsway has the top two Group 3 team scores in meet history in back-to-back seasons.

Amazing stuff.

Kingsway piled up 24 huge points in the pole vault, with senior Chad Shire (13-0) and sophomores Jacob Methany and (12-6) Ryan Evernham (12-0) sweeping the top three spots.

So that’s 72 points in four events!

The Dragons also got points from senior Jermaine Coleman, who ran third in the 55 in 6.76 after barely qualifying by 3-100ths of a second; from junior high jumper Chase Matthews, second with a 6-0 clearance; from shot putter Sam Shinn, second with a 51-4 1/4; and from the 4-by-4 team of Boerlin, Joaquin Cavazos, Jermaine Coleman and Noah Culbreath, fifth in 3:34.49.

What a performance by the entire Kingsway team!

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