Haddonfield moves up to all-time SJ #2 DMR with 10:10 at Penn!!!

It’s been 33 years since a South Jersey school ran a faster distance medley than Haddonfield did at the Penn Relays.

Haddonfield placed fifth in a ridiculously fast race with a dazzling 10:10.62, No. 2 in South Jersey history and fastest since Willingboro ran its then-national-record 10:00.9 to win Penn in 1983.

This year’s Penn race featured six schools at 10:12 or under, and Haddonfield was in the middle of everything.

Derek Gess led off with a 3:10.84 for 1,200, Luke Colehower followed with a 50.06 400, and Autin Stoner set up anchor Greg Pelose with a 1:55.59 for the 800. Pelose anchored in 4:14.13.

To make things even more impressive, Gess and Colehower are freshmen, and Stoner is racing after missing most of the indoor season with a stress fracture of his femur.

Loudon Valley of Purcellville, Va., and La Salle Academy of Providence, R.I., both crossed the line in 10:00.01, but Loudon Valley got the win when times were measured down to 1-1,000th of a second — 10:00.003 to 10:00.004.

Haddonfield broke its school record of 10:16.14, set in 2000 by Colin Baker, Matthew Nussbaum, Ben Potts and Jonathan Vitez at New Balance Nationals.

The Bulldogs’ time is No. 7 in the U.S. this year and No. 2 in New Jersey, behind only River Dell, which ran 10:10.36 behind the Daly twins at Penn, finishing just ahead of Haddonfield.

Let’s take a look at the update all-time South Jersey list:

  • 10:00.9 … Willingboro, 1983
  • 10:10.62 … Haddonfield, 2016
  • 10:10.74 … Washington Twp., 2000
  • 10:10.6 … Haddon Township, 1973
  • 10:16.11 … Cherokee, 2001
  • 10:16.14 … Haddonfield, 2010
  • 10:16.29 … Highland, 1991
  • 10:18.74 … Shawnee, 1991
  • 10:19.11 … Washington Twp., 2009
  • 10:19.47 … Cherokee, 2012
  • 10:19.67 … Haddon Twp., 2015 [Penn]
  • 10:19.90 … Cherry Hill East, 2016
  • 10:20.11 … Haddonfield, 2002
  • 10:20.92 … Rancocas Valley, 2015
  • 10:20.98 … Northern Burlington, 2014
  • 10:21.78 … Cherokee, 1998
  • 10:22.9 ….. Paul VI, 1988
  • 10:23.1y … Holy Cross, 1972

As if running 10:10 wasn’t enough, the same quartet came back to place third in the South Jersey small-school 4-by-4 in a school-record 3:24.27.

Pretty good day’s work!

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