With just one senior in its seven-man pack, Bishop Eustace Prep rolled to a commanding 29-point win over Pingry Saturday in the state Parochial B cross country championships at Holmdel County Park.
Pingry packed its five scorers in 32 seconds, but Eustace placed four runners ahead of Pingry’s second runner and coasted from there.
Sophomore Connor Melko placed third overall in 16:54, junior Nick Hutchison ran sixth in 17:05 and senior Michael Dziubawas 10th in 17:34, giving Eustace three of the top 10 finishers overall.
Sophomore Andrew Massaro was just behind Dziuba, 11th in 17:39, and another sophomore, Brian Hutchison, closed out Eustace’s scoring, placing 20th in 17:57. Another sophomore, Grant Melko, was the top sixth man in the race, finishing 25th in 18:16. Soph Sean May (49th in 18:57) gave Eustace all seven in the top 50, placing 47th overall.
Eustace outscored Pingry 50-79 in winning its sixth state cross country title overall. Eustace also won state titles in 1980, 1982, 2002, 2010 and 2011.
The only non-public schools in history to win more state titles than Eustace are Christian Brothers Academy, which won its 27th on Saturday; Pingry and St. Benedict, with nine each; and Paul VI with seven. Essex Catholic, St. Rose and and Mater Dei have also won six.
Only Haddonfield, Haddon Township and Paul VI have won more state titles among South Jersey schools than Eustace.
10 Haddon Twp.
7 Paul VI
6 Bishop Eustace
4 Saint Augustine
This is Eustace’s first time back in Parochial B since 2011 after four years in Parochial A. The Crusaders have won Parochial B the last three times they’ve been assigned to the smaller group.