Groff shatters South Jersey indoor 5,000 record with 14:43 at Nationals

Cherry Hill East senior Aaron Groff nearly won himself a national title in the 5,000 at the National Scholastic Championships this weekend before settling for a South Jersey indoor record, the No. 2 time in state history and a spot in the all-time New Jersey indoor or outdoor 5,000 list.

Groff ran 14:43.10 for a close second to Eric Van Der Els of Norwalk High in Connecticut. Van Der Els ran 14:42.41.

The only faster time in New Jersey history indoors is the national record 13:57.04 by legendary Edward Cheserek of St. Benedict’s Prep in 2013. How good is Cheserek? He won three more NCAA titles this weekend, giving him 13 career NCAA championships at Oregon, including three in cross country.

As for Groff, he ran within five seconds of the overall South Jersey indoor-outdoor record of 14:38.37 set in 2002 by Cherokee’s Marc Pelerin. He broke the South Jersey indoor mark of 14:43.49 set three years ago by Sterling’s Jimmy Daniels.

Here’s a look at the all-time New Jersey 5,000 list, including both indoor and outdoor times. I bold-faced South Jersey runners:

  • 13:57.04 … Edward Cheserek [St. Benedict’s Prep], 2013
  • 14:13.68 … Joe Rosa [West Windsor-Plainsboro North], 2011
  • 14:25.8i ….. Chris Hallinan [Bernards], 1976
  • 14:26.6 ….. Andy Martin [North Hunterdon], 1984
  • 14:28.96 … Craig Forys [Colts Neck], 2007
  • 14:35.32 … Doug Smith [Gil St. Bernard], 2008
  • 14:38.37 … Marc Pelerin [Cherokee], 2002
  • 14:42.2 ….. Jerry Andrews [Highland], 1979
  • 14:43.10i … Aaron Groff [Cherry Hill East], 2016
  • 14:45.49 … Jimmy Daniels [Sterling], 2013
  • 14:48.73 … Ben Massam [Chatham], 2006
  • 14:50.71 … James Rosa [West Windsor-Plainsboro North], 2010
  • 14:51.0 ….. Jim Smith [Haddonfield], 1980
  • 14:51.17 … Tom O’Neill [MIddletown North], 2014
  • 14:54.15 … Chris Luciano [Mountain Lakes], 2014
  • 14:54.62 … Jeramy Elkaim [Livingston], 2011
  • 14:54.87 … Craig Corti [Walkill Valley], 2015
  • 14:54.2 ….. Steve O’Connell [Millburn], 1976
  • 14:55.35 … Kyle Livermore [Don Bosco], 2014
  • 15:01.01 … Kevin McDonnell [Camden Catholic], 2008
  • 15:01.04 … Paul Szulewski [Williamstown], 2011
  • 15:02.09 … Sean Lyons [Morristown], 2014
  • 15:02.75 … Leighton Spencer [Don Bosco], 2009
  • 15:04.42i … Andrew Hanko [Trinity], 2007
  • 15:04.97 … Ryan Tucker [Don Bosco], 2012
  • 15:05.56 … Anthony Dentino [Washington Twp.], 2011
  • 15:06.47 … Dan Riff [West Windsor-Plainsboro South], 2013
  • 15:07.97 … Zaid Smart [Princeton], 2011
  • 15:08.82 … Matt Valeriani [Southern], 2010
  • 15:08.99 … Brian O’Toole [Robbinsville], 2011
  • 15:09.5 ….. Bryan Spoonire [Asbury Park], 1991
  • 15:09.62 … Brian Leung [West Windsor-Plainsboro South], 2008
  • 15:10.38i … Brandon Jarrett [St. Benedict’s], 2006
  • 15:11.45 … Steve Maine [Highland], 2014
  • 15:11.4 ….. Scott Sarnoski [Bergen Tech], 1979
  • 15:11.57 … Matt Nelson [Barnegat], 2013

 

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