Astonishing distance performance lifts Haddonfield boys to state title!!!

Haddonfield's Greg Pelose ran 1:54 and 4:15 at Group 2 states.
Haddonfield’s Greg Pelose ran 1:54 and 4:15 at Group 2 states.

Three half-milers at 1:56 or faster? Three milers at 4:20 or better? A meet record in the 4-by-8? A third place in the 3,200?

The Haddonfield boys roared to their fourth outdoor Group 2 track state championship in seven years Saturday at South Plainfield, and they did it largely on the strength of an absurd performance in the longer track races.

Final team scores are still not available, but it appears that Haddonfield scored 38 of its 49 points in the 800, 1,600, 3,200 and 4-by-8.

Let’s take a look at how Haddonfield put together the fifth state championship in school history:

800-METER RUN: An incredibly fast race, with 17 runners under two minutes — including five from the unseeded heat — and 12 under 1:57. That’s insane. In fact, last place — last place — was 2:01.89.

As for Haddonfield, junior Austin Stoner ran 1:54.63 for third, junior Greg Pelose was fourth in 1:54.93 and senior Jack Wood ran seventh in 1:56.07.

Pelose has run 1:54.54, but the times were PRs for both Stoner and Wood. Stoner and Wood had both run their previous PRs at the Haddonfield Invitational, 1:54.98 for Stoner and 1:57.29 for Wood.

Pelose, Stoner and Wood now rank No. 2, 3 and 9 this year in South Jersey. They are ranked No. 6, No. 8 and No. 17 from the six state championship meets over the weekend.

10 points.

1,600-METER RUN: Pelose won in 4:15.10, with Stoner fourth in 4:19.66 and senior Danny Brennan sixth in 4:20.31. All three times are PRs of at least two seconds.

Pelose’s previous fastest 1,600 was a 4:17.41 at the Cherokee Night of Racing. Stoner’s was a 4:24.55 dating back to the Haddonfield Invitational last year, and Brennan’s was a 4:22.86 at this year’s Haddonfield Invite.

Pelose’s time is No. 11 out of all the state meets this weekend.

15 points.

3,200-METER RUN: Senior Chad Evans ran 9:39.05 for third place on a hot afternoon at South Plainfield. He ran a few seconds faster — in much better conditions — at the Cherokee Night of Racing.

3 points.

3,200-METER RELAY: Stoner, Wood, Pelose and senior Chris Goings won by 30 meters over Pleasantville in 7:53.27, not far off their season-best and South Jersey #1 7:52.11 from sectionals.

The Bulldogs broke the meet record of 7:58.43 set last year by a Haddonfield that included Pelose, Stoner, Goings and John Greenberg.

10 points

The Bulldogs’ 11 other points came in the field, from Jake Walter (third, shot put, 52-7 1/4), Kevin Wolf (fourth, discus, 152-3) and Ian Picking (sixth, pole vault 13-0).

Haddonfield’s previous state titles came in 1987 in Group 1 and in 2009, 2010 and 2011 in Group 2.


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