All-underclass Kingsway boys win second Shore Coaches title in three years

Kingsway packed its five scorers in 41 seconds Saturday to win its second team title in three years at the Shore Coaches Invitational.

The Dragons won Division B 68-81 over North Hunterdon, averaging 16:58 overall the legendary 5,000-meter Holmdel County Park hills.

The all-underclass lineup was led by juniors Joe Grandizio and Brian Mangiaracina, who both finished in the top-10. Grandizio ran 16:38 for fifth, and Mangiaracina ran 16:43 for seventh. Sophomore Kieran Burns also broke 17 minutes, crossing the line in 17:57 for 12th.

Juniors Cade Hindley and Jonathan Connor ran 17:15 and 17:19 for 21st and 25th.

All five Kingsway scorers beat a corresponding North Hunterdon runner by anywhere from two to four places.

Kingsway is unranked in the New Jersey top-20. North Hunterdon is No. 10. Kingsway beat two other top-20 teams – No. 15 Montgomery and No. 19 East Brunswick.

Junior Cole Hindley (38th in 17:34) and Gavin Wagner (47th in 17:41) both also ran well as non-scorers for the Dragons.

Kingsway won its first Shore Coaches team title in 2014, winning Division A 87-98 over Hunterdon Central.

Grandizio, who was Kingsway’s fourth runner that day and placed 26th as a freshman, is the only runner who was on Kingsway’s varsity in both races.

Kingsway’s seventh-fastest runner of the day was actually senior Nick Fanelle, who placed third in the JV A race in 17:40. Sophomore Stephen Wilkins III was ninth in the J race in 17:52, giving the Dragons nine runners under 18 minutes on the challenging Holmdel layout.

Another Kingsway runner, Stone Carpaccio, placed fourth in the Freshman A race, covering the 2.1-mile course in 11:36.

 

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