Tremendous pack running leads Pennsville to SJ Open team title!

Pennsville packed its five scorers within 36 seconds of each other Saturday on the way to a commanding team title at the South Jersey Open over the 5,000-meter sectional course at Delsea.

Pennsville is proving it’s not just one of the best South Jersey Group 1 schools but one of the best teams in South Jersey period.

The Eagles were one of just five schools — in any division – to average sub-17. They outscored second-place second-place Schalick 35-86 to win the Division 1 title.

Schalick went 1-2 behind Sam Gerstenbacher and Cosmo Pirozzi, who ran 16:27 and 16:36, but Pennsville had five of the next nine finishers — and actually six of the next 11.

Adam Quann led Pennsville in third place in 16:36, with Justin Smith fifth [16:54], Zak Carpenter sixth [17:01], Zachary Pope 10th [17:12] and Timothy Shields 11th [17:12].

Thomas Bardon was a non-scoring but bumping 12th [17:23], and the Eagles’ seventh runner, Austin Green, also finished in the top 25.

Scoring Pennsville against the field, it’s a fairly close meet, with the field winning by a 22-35 margin.

Here are all the individuals who ran 16:30 or faster today at Delsea:

15:38.16, Nicholas Pschunder (Eastern), 1st, Division 3
15:44.66,JP. Flavin (Toms River North), 2nd, Division 3
15:49.75, Isaiah Corbelo (Rancocas Valley), 3rd, Division 3
15:56.61, Nick Falk (Cherokee), 4th, Division 3
16:02.95, Jack Shea (Cherokee), 5th, Division 3
16:11.10, Joe Grandizio (Kingsway), 6th, Division 3
16:13.33, Justin Farley (Toms River North), 7th, Division 3
16:14.66, Joseph Dougherty (Hammonton), 8th, Division 3
16:26.66, Justin Kelly (Cherokee), 9th, Division 3
16:29.25, Vipul Bhat (Eastern), 10th, Division 3
16:26.00, Mitchell Wileczek (West Deptford), 1st, Division 2
16:27.00, Decin Hart Point Pleasant Boro), 2nd, Division 2
16:28.00, Jimmy Macpherson (Sterling), 3rd, Division 2
16:28.00, A.J. Kilpatrick (West Deptford), 4th, Division 2
16:27.91, Sam Gerstenbacher, (Schalick), 1st, Division 1

and all the teams that averaged 17:30 or faster:

16:19.80, Cherokee [1st, Division 3]
16:34.21, Kingsway, [2nd, Division 3]
16:38.67, Toms River North [3rd, Division 3]
16:57.60, West Deptford [2nd, Division 2]
16:59.50, Pennsville [1st, Division 1]
17:02.60, Delsea [1st, Division 2]
17:03.40, Hammonton [4th in Division 3]
17:13.64, Eastern [8th in Division 3]
17:18.85, Lenape [5th in Division 3]
17:21.85, Shawnee [6th in Division 3]
17:21.29, Hammonton [7th in Division 3]
17:22.80, Paul VI, [3rd, Division 2]
17:23.08, Rancocas Valley [10h, Division 3]
17:28.13, Moorestown [9th, Division 3]
17:30.60, Point Pleasant Borough [5th in Division 1]

And, as always, click over to Tomahawk for complete results, including the freshmen and JV races:

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