Pelose monster anchor leads Haddonfield to 10:14 DMR at Easterns!!!!

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Haddonfield and Fordham Prep hooked up in a massive distance medley showdown at the 82nd annual Easterns Tuesday night, and the race resulted in the two-fastest times in the country this year.

Haddonfield ran the No. 2 time in South Jersey history, missing the program’s own South Jersey record by less than five seconds.

The DMR was a highlight of the oldest high school-only meet in the country, with nine schools breaking 10:30.

The Fordham Prep, Danbury, Eastern, Toms River North, Morristown and Haddonfield leadoffs all came through between 3:09 and 3:11. Haddonfield leadoff, freshman Derek Gess, handed off to freshman Luke Colehower, whose 50.4 leg moved the Bulldogs from sixth to third.

At the second handoff, Fordham Prep came through in 4:00.4, with Danbury (4:00.9) and Haddonfield (4:02.3) in closest pursuit.

Danbury took the lead during the 800 leg, and a 10 schools were within six seconds of each other at the crowded final handoff. Senior Colin Gallagher split 2:00.3 to keep the Bulldogs right in the middle of everything heading into the anchor legs.

As the milers hit the track, Fordham Prep’s Conor Lundy took off in the lead, with  Haddonfield’s Greg Pelose quickly passing the Danbury anchor and moving into second, in pursuit of Lundy.

Pelose was coming off his indoor/outdoor PR of 4:14.2 that got him third in the Meet of Champions. Lundy ran 4:07.50 last spring when he won the New York state title in Albany and has gone 4:12.75 this winter at the Ocean Breeze Center.

Pelose didn’t back down from Lundy, ranked No. 9 in the U.S. last year, and while he never quite caught him, he crossed the line with a personal-best 4:11.9 split and a tremendous 10:14.31 clocking for Haddonfield. Lundy split 4:09.5, and Fordham Prep won in 10:10.23.

The race produced the No. 1, 2, 10, 11, 15, 16, 18, 21, 23 and 25 times in the country this year. That’s 10 of the top 25 times in the U.S. in one DMR at the Armory.

Fordham Prep – which ran 10:07 for second at nationals last spring – and Haddonfield now rank No. 2 and No. 10 in meet history. Haddonfield is also now the only school that’s run sub-10:15 at Easterns more than once and the only school to run sub-10:17 more than twice!

New York State schools have now won the Easterns DMR three years in a row after New Jersey had taken 10 of the previous 12 titles. This is the first New York has won three straight since 1998 through 2000. Fordham Prep also won last year.

OK, let’s go to the lists!

Here’s every sub-10:18 DMR performance in Easterns history!

10:07.21 … West Windsor-Plainsboro North, 2009
10:10.23 … Fordham Prep, 2016
10:10.60 … Haddonfield, 2010
10:10.70 … St. Benedict’s, 2012
10:11.5+ … T.C. Williams, Va., 1979
10:12.1+ … Archbishop Ryan, Pa., 1976
10:13.0+ … Paramus Catholic, 1977
10:13.60 … West Windsor-Plainsboro South, 2013
10:14.02 … Chaminade, N.Y., 2014
10:14.13 … Haddonfield, 2016
10:14.54 … St. Benedict’s, N.J., 2011
10:15.08 … Colts Neck, N.J., 2005
10:15.16 … Shenendehowa, N.Y.
10:15.23 … Northport, N.Y., 2003
10:15.40 … Chaminade, NY., 2013
10:15.44 … DeWitt Clinton, N.Y., 1991
10:15.82 … Ridgefield, 2014
10:15.86 … Toms River North, 2010
10:15.87 … Middletown North, 2014
10:16.54 … Livingston, N.J., 2011
10:16.07 … Christian Brothers Academy, 2001
10:16.09 … Shenendehowa, N.Y., 1999
10:16.0+ … Monsignor Bonner, Pa., 1975
10:16.1+ … St. Joseph-Metuchen, 1976
10:16.26 … Northport, N.Y., 2013
10:16.32 … Cherokee, 2001
10:16.84 … Haddonfield, 2002
10:16.88 … Chaminade, N.Y., 2010

OK, next, let’s take a look at the all-time South Jersey list. I’ve included all 11 times under 10:25 achieved indoors. Haddonfield now has five of the top-seven times in South Jersey history!

10:09.78 … Haddonfield, 2010
10:14.31 … Haddonfield, 2016
10:16.32 … Cherokee, 2002
10:16.60 … Haddonfield, 2002
10:17.97 … Ocean City, 2011
10:19.29 … Haddonfield, 2009
10:21.11 … Haddonfield, 2011
10:21.38 … Haddon Township, 2015
10:21.8y … Williamstown, 1974
10:22.85 … Eastern, 2016
10:23.52 … Haddonfield, 2015

And – finally – here’s a list of every Easterns DMR winner in meet history. The meet began in 1934 but the distance medley was added in 1974:

1971 … Power Memorial, N.Y., 10:31.7y
1972 … LaSalle Academy, N.Y., 10:25.2y
1973 … Not Held
1974 … St. Anthony’s, N.Y., 10:22.6y
1975 … Monsignor Bonner, Pa., 10:20.0y
1976 … Archbishop Ryan, Pa., 10:16.1y
1977 … Paramus Catholic, N.J., 10:17.0y
1978 … Abington, Pa., 10:29.8y
1979 … T.C. Williams, Va. ,10:15.75y
1980 … Walt Whitman, N.Y., 10:25.5y
1981 … Bishop Loughlin, N.Y., 10:28.2y
1982 … East Brunswick, N.J., 10:20.6y
1983 … Coatesville, Pa., 10:23.24y
1984 … Christian Brothers Academy, N.J., 10:27.44y
1985 … Ridgewood, N.J., 10:33.53y
1986 … Bishop Henricken, R.I., 10:32.96y
1987 … Bishop Loughlin, N.Y., 10:28.39y
1988 … Christian Brothers Academy, 10:27.7y
1989 … Overbrook, Pa., 10:30.25y
1990 … Georgetown Prep, Washington, D.C., 10:28.63y
1991 … Clinton, N.Y., 10:15.44y
1992 … Not Held
1993 … LaSalle, Pa., 10:36.4
1994 … Mepham, N.Y., 10:29.87
1995 … Andrew Jackson, N.Y., 10:27.15
1996 … Westfield, N.J., 10:24.77
1997 … Westfield, N.J., 10:25.35
1998 … St. Peter’s, N.Y., 10:34.91
1999 … Shenendehowa, N.Y., 10:16.09
2000 … St. Anthony’s, N.Y., 10:16.84
2001 … Christian Brothers Academy, N.Y., 10:16.07
2002 … Haddonfield, N.J., 10:16.84
2003 … Northport, N.Y., 10:16.23
2004 … Pope John, N.J., 10:18.08
2005 … Colts Neck, N.J., 10:15.08
2006 … Ridgewood, N.J., 10:18.57
2007 … Collegiate, N.Y., 10:18.15
2008 … West Windsor-Plainsboro South, N.J., 10:18.76
2009 … West Windsor-Plainsboro North, N.J., 10:07.21
2010 … Haddonfield, N.J., 10:10.60
2011 … St. Benedict’s, N.J., 10:14.54
2012 … St. Benedict’s, N.J., 10:06.00
2013 … West Windsor-Plainsboro North, N.J., 10:13.60
2014 … Chaminade, N.Y., 10:14.02
2015 … Fordham Prep, N.Y., 10:18.24
2016 … Fordham Prep, N.Y., 10:10.23

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2 thoughts on “Pelose monster anchor leads Haddonfield to 10:14 DMR at Easterns!!!!

  1. davidmstewart2013 March 3, 2016 / 12:50 pm

    Great article about an exciting race, but the Haddonfield legs are somewhat out of order. Derek Gess led off with at 1200 in around 3:11, followed by Luke Colehower in the 400. Colin Gallagher ran the 800 and then handed off for Pelose’s anchor.

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  2. sjtcaweb March 5, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    Thanks for the heads up, David. Haddonfield’s order was wrong in the official results. It’s been fixed now in the blog post. Thanks and go Bulldogs!

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