The Clearview and Shawnee girls were head and shoulders above the rest of the pack Saturday at the South Jersey Shootout.
Both averaged under 20:30, with no other team averaging under 21 minutes.
The South Jersey Shootout is comprised of three varsity races, one matching everybody’s top two runners, another pitting their third and fourth runners and a third with each school’s fifth, sixth and seventh runners.
Top five times are added up, and in the merged results, Clearview, ranked No. 14 in the state, finishes with a 56-68 win over Shawnee, ranked No. 12.
It’s an incredible sign of Clearview’s depth that Shawnee would have had its third girl ahead of Clearview’s first if everybody were in one race, but Clearview still would have defeated Shawnee.
Clearview had its five scorers run between 20:11 and 20:41.
In the 1-2 race, Julia Rothstein was seventh in 20:11 and Kaitlin Donohue 10th in 20:31. The Pioneers came up big in the 3-4 race, with Emily Schaeffer [20:22] and Kate Woolam [20:41] placing second and third. Clearview then went 1-3-7 in the 5-6-7 race behind Megan Jones, who won it in 20:28, Ava Fritz, third in 21:12, and Rachel Doring, seventh in 21:48.
So Clearview’s scorers were Rothstein [8th place overall], Schaeffer [11th], Jones [12th], Donahue [13th] and Woolam [17th]. Subtract one point each because a runner in the top five wasn’t running for a full team and you have 56 points.
Shawnee wasn’t far behind.
The Renegades went 3-4 in the 1-2 race with Kara Bonner and Claire Rankin both breaking 20 minutes, they went 1-5 in the 3-4 race behind Grace Kearns [20:10] and Georgia Larzeler [20:50] and then they finished 4-8 in the 5-6-7 race with Laura Mavracic running 21:31 and Cara Keevey 22:24.
In team scoring, that came out to 3-4-6-19-36 for 68 points.
Rounding out the top five girls teams were Haddon Township , Ocean City 165] and Morristown .
Mainland’s Alyssa Aldridge blasted an 18:22 over the 5,000-meter course at Gloucester County College in Deptford Township, the fastest overall time by nearly a minute. Alex Weber of Ocean City ran 19:18 for second overall.
The rest of the individual top 10 was Bonner, Rankin, Kelsey Cummings of Triton [20:00], Annika Merkh of Haddon Township [20:01], Kearns, Rothstein, Ocean City’s Emma Bergman [20:17] and Alexis Mullarkey of Kingsway [20:20].