Haddonfield’s talented sophomore class – with some notable help from senior Spencer Flores – led the Bulldogs to their third straight state indoor championship this weekend.
Haddonfield edged Governor Livingston of Berkeley Heights by one point to win its first indoor state Group 2 title. Haddonfield out-scored GL 35-34.
It was the closest team finish in the indoor Group 2 meet in 15 years, since Bridgeton – led by Robert Edwards and Shakeem Brown – beat Craig Segal and Holmdel 37-36 in the 2002 meet at Jadwin Gym.
The state indoor team title is Haddonfield’s 10th, fifth-most in state history behind Christian Brothers (21), Asbury Park (15), St. Benedict’s (12) and Willingboro (12).
Haddonfield also won Group 1 in 1987, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2016.
Sophomores Luke Colehower and Derek Gess were huge for the Bulldogs, but they got some help.
–> Colehower won the 400 in 49.92, off his state-leading 48.75 but easily fast enough to win and lock up 10 huge points off the bat for the Bulldogs. Colehower came back to anchor Haddonfield’s winning 1,600-meter relay team, teaming up with Spencer Flores, Gess and soph Zachariah Murray to run a season-best 3:25.27.
–> Gess ran 4:24.97 in the 1,600, placing second to Raritan junior Louis DiLaurenzio, who ran 4:23.38. He also contributed a relay leg.
–> In addition to his relay leg, Flores placed third in the high hurdles, giving the Bulldogs six crucial points. Flores qualified second at 7.81 but settled for third in the final, covering the barriers in 7.86.
–> Another soph, Greg Eisenhower, ran an indoor/outdoor PR of 9:50.49 to score a big point. Considering he was the No. 7 seed, that was clutch.
So even with Colehower and Gess each placing in only one individual event, Haddonfield got 10 points in the 400, eight in the 1,600, six in the hurdles, 10 in the relay and one in the 3,200 for 35 total points and a state championship.
Including Haddonfield’s four outdoor state titles (Group 1 in 1987, Group 2 in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2015), that’s now a remarkable 15 state championships for the Bulldogs.