Rancocas Valley graduate Alicia Belko placed third overall and helped the Stockton University women’s cross country team win its first conference title in school history.
Stockton packed its five scorers in the span of 74 seconds, had four of the top seven finishers and outscored second-place The College of New Jersey 29-45.
Cassandra Hrusko from Manchester Township High School and Belko placed second and third for the Ospreys in 22:18 and 22:21 over the 6,000-meter course in Galloway Township.
They are the first runners in Stockton history to finish better than fourth in the conference meet.
This is the first time since women’s XC became an official NJAC sports in 1981 that a school other than Rowan or The College of New Jersey won the women’s XC title.
Also in Stockton’s top five were Regina Duncan from North Warren High (sixth in 23:02), Christina Welsh of Hamilton West (seventh in 23:09) and Juliana Garruto of Monmouth Regional (11th in 23:32).
TCNJ sophomore Natalie Cooper of Moorestown won the conference individual title in 21:35, finishing a whopping 200 meters ahead of the field.
Other South Jersey products in the top 10 were Emma Bean of TCNJ and Mainland Regional (eighth in 23:16) and Delran grad Maddie Tattory of TCNJ (ninth in 23:23).
Next for Stockton is the NCAA Division 3 Atlantic Regionals at Rowan University in Glassboro on Nov. 12.