Groff finishes brilliant season with another All-America effort in 5,000

Cherry Hill East senior Aaron Groff finished his brilliant senior season with a fifth-place finish in the 5,000 at the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro and earned All-America honors for the second time this year in the event.

Groff ran 14:48.20, finishing just 50 meters behind winner David Principe of Johnston, R.I.

Groff also earned All-America accolades indoors in the 5,000 after a second-place finish at the Armory in 14:43.

Groff showed tremendous range this year, running as fast as 1:57.29 for 800 meters, 4:16.20 for the 1,600, 9:07.42 for the 3,200, when he placed third in the Meet of Champions, and 14:43.10 for the 5,000.

Let’s take a look at the all-time New Jersey 5,000-meter list:

13:57.04i … Edward Cheserek [St. Benedict’s], 2013
14:13.68 … Joe Rosa [West Windsor North], 2011
14:25.8 ….. 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 [Gill St. Bernard’s], 2008
14:38.37 ….. Marc Pelerin [Cherokee], 2002
14:42.2 ….. Jerry Andrews [Highland], 1979
14:43.10i… Aaron Groff [Cherry Hill East], 2016
14:45.20 … Matt Grossman [Millburn], 2016
14:45.49 … Jimmy Daniels [Sterling], 2013
14:48.73 … Ben Massam [Chatham], 2006
14:50.71 … Jim Rosa [West Windsor North], 2011
14:51.0 ….. Jim Smith [Haddonfield], 1980
14:51.17 … Tom O’Neill [Middletown North], 2014
14:54.15 … Chris Luciano [Mountain Lakes], 2014
14:54.2 ….. Steve O’Connell [Millburn], 1976
14:54.62 … Jeramy Elkaim [Livingston], 2011
14:54.87 … Craig Corti [Walkill Valley], 2015
14:55.35 … Kyle Livermore [Don Bosco], 2014
14:58.64 … Jordan Brannan [Colts Neck], 2016

Groff is No. 9 overall with his time from indoors and No. 12 on the outdoor-only list. He’s No. 3 in South Jersey history on the overall list, fastest since Marc Pelerin 14 years ago (hey Marc … how is that possible?) and No. 4 all-time South Jersey on the overall list.

Groff will take his talents to West Philly in the fall and run for the University of Pennsylvania Quakers.

 

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