Groff flies at states, becomes Camden County’s fastest at Holmdel in 27 YEARS!!!!

Aaron Groff fell a few seconds shy of winning a state title, but that was about the only disappointment in an otherwise spectacular performance Saturday by the Cherry Hill East senior.

Groff not only led Cherry Hill East to second place in the Group 4 team race [more on that later], he posted the second-fastest time of the day in the six state championship races at the historic and challenging Holmdel County Park 5,000-meter course. He just happened to be in the same race as the fastest runner of the day.

Millburn’s Matt Grossman, who finished just behind Groff at last year’s state Group 4 meet, ran 15:32 this year to win the race.  That’s the No. 15 time in course history.

Groff was just five seconds back in 15:37, No. 23 in history. Grossman and Groff were the only runners under 15:49.

Let’s put Groff’s performance in perspective:

–> It was fast enough to win all but one previous state Group 4 race since states moved to Holmdel in 1979.

–> It was the fastest time recorded at Holmdel by a Camden County runner in 27 years, since legendary Jason DiJoseph of Paul VI set a course record of 15:16.2 in the 1988 Parochial A race that stood as a course record for 18 years, till Craig Forys of Colts Neck broke it by one second in  2006.

–> It’s the third-fastest time ever recorded at Holmdel County Park by a South Jersey runner  [see list below].

OK, time for some lists.

First, let’s look at the fastest times ever run in the state Group 4 race in the 37 years states have been at Holmdel:

  • 15:31 … Craig Forys [Colts Neck], 2006
  • 15:32 … Matt Grossman [Millburn], 2015
  • 15:37 … Aaron Groff [Cherry Hill East], 2015
  • 15:38 … Tim Ball [Piscataway],  2011
  • 15:39 … Mohamed Khadraoui [JFK-Paterson], 2003
  • 15:39 … Dylan Tarpey [Freehold Twp.], 2013
  • 15:40 … Jeremy Elkaim [Livingston], 2010
  • 15:40 … Shawn Wilson [Cherokee],  2012
  • 15:41 … Brian Leung [West Windsor-Plainsboro South], 2007
  • 15:41 … Matt McDonald [North Hunterdon], 2010
  • 15:44 … Nikhil Pulimood [West Windsor-Plainsboro South], 2014
  • 15:45 … Peter Hess [Toms River North], 2002
  • 15:45 … Tim Ball [Piscataway], 2010
  • 15:45 … Keith Krieger [Cherokee], 2002
  • 15:47 … Chris Pannone [Hunterdon Central], 2003
  • 15:49 … Greg Hughes [Mainland Reg.], 2003

As you can see, Groff’s time is third-fastest in Group 4 state meet history, behind only Forys and Grossman. The fastest previous non-winning time was 15:41 by Matt McDonald of North Hunterdon behind Jeremy Elkaim’s 15:40 in 2010.

The fastest previous non-winning time by a South Jersey runner was Keith Krieger’s 15:45 behind Pete Hess’s faster 15:45 back in 2002.

Now let’s take a look at the all-time South Jersey list at Holmdel, and you can see just how impressive Groff’s race was on Saturday:

  • 15:16 … Jason DiJoseph [Paul VI], 1988
  • 15:35 … Louis Corgliano [Hammonton], 2013
  • 15:37 … Aaron Groff [Cherry Hill East], 2015
  • 15:38 … Gregory Hughes [Mainland], 2003
  • 15:39 … Luke Petela [Haddon Twp.], 2014
  • 15:40 … Shawn Wilson [Cherokee], 2012
  • 15:40 … Brett Johnson [Ocean City], 2008
  • 15:40 … Steve Maine [Highland], 2013
  • 15:41 … Jon Vitez [Haddonfield], 2009
  • 15:42 … Ben Potts [Haddonfield], 2010
  • 15:42 … Shawn Hutchison [Bishop Eustace], 2014
  • 15:43 … Marc Pelerin [Cherokee], 2001
  • 15:43 … Miles Schoedler [Ocean City], 2010
  • 15:45 … Keith Krieger [Cherokee], 2002
  • 15:47 … Urie Ridgeway [Bridgeton], 1988
  • 15:48 … Chris Platt [Haddonfield], 2001
  • 15:50 … Mike Myers [Eastern Reg.], 2000
  • 15:50 … Jon Anderson [Cinnaminson], 2003
  • 15:51 … Murad Campbell [Overbrook], 1998
  • 15:54 … Mike Mantini [Gateway], 1978
  • 15:54 … Paul Szulewski [Williamstown], 2010
  • 15:54 … Skip Stiles [Haddonfield], 2001
  • 15:54 … Aaron Groff [Cherry Hill East], 2014
  • 15:55 … Dominick Munson [Timber Creek], 2014
  • 15:55 … Breton Bonnett [Haddonfield], 2001
  • 15:56 … Kyle Kirk [Camden Catholic], 2012
  • 15:56 … David Forward [Shawnee], 2008
  • 15:57 … Nate Miller [Highland Reg.], 1998
  • 15:57 … Connor Herr [Shawnee], 2010
  • 15:59 … Steve Maine [Highland Reg.], 2012
  • 15:59 … Anthony Dentino [Washington Twp.], 2010
  • 15:59 … Robert Edwards [Bridgeton], 2002

Let’s not forget Groff’s teammates, who teamed up to give Cherry Hill East a berth in the Meet of Champions. East finished second to Old Bridge, which finished with a 54-81 margin of victory.

East packed all five scores in the top 36, with Isaiah Jean-Baptiste 19th in 16:39, Marc Meltzer 22nd in 16:43, Tyler Parsons 26th in 16:49 and Cole Parsons 36th in 16:54.

That’s a 16:32.4 team average, fourth-fastest of the day, behind only Don Bosco [16:30.0], Old Bridge [16:30.4] and Christian Brothers Academy [16:32.2].

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