West Deptford graduate Dale Johnson, a College of New Jersey junior, covered the 5,000-meter course in 15:43 and led The College of New Jersey to a series of dual meet wins in a season-opening quad meet at Rosedale Park in Hopewell Township.
Johnson was the No. 3 runner on the West Deptford team that placed second to Haddonfield at the South Jersey Group 2 sectionals in 2013 and was fifth at states. Johnson finished second in the overall race to Danniel Belay of Rider in a meet that included College of New Jersey, Rider, St. Joe’s and Georgian Court.
There was no overall team scoring in the annual Blue-Gold Invitational. Instead, scoring was done as a series of dual meets, and TCNJ beat everybody it scored against, including Division 1 Rider by a 27-32 margin. Overall, College of New Jersey runners took three of the top 10 spots.
College of New Jersey assistant coach Mike Walker is a graduate of Rancocas Valley and TCNJ.
TCNJ’s next meet is the Rider Invitational on Sept. 16 on the same course.