Schalick ran well. Haddon Township ran just a little bit faster.
Going into the 4-by-4, Schalick led Haddon Township 63-62 in the South Jersey Group 1 meet.
With the meet in the balance, Schalick ran a six-second season-best in the 1,600-meter relay despite racing by themselves in an unseeded heat. Really an incredible performance.
Kason Barrett, Juan Casino, Jared Golembski and Greg McGuire ran 3:30.32 in the first section of 4-by-4.
That put a ton of pressure on Haddon Township in the next section.
The Hawks had to run faster to win the team title. But their best time this year was 3:33.40.
But the Hawks did exactly what they had to do. The team of juniors Owen Vermette and Jerrod Green, senior Jake Howley and freshman Aidan McEarlean ran a big season-best 3:28.77 for fourth place, 48-100ths of a second ahead of Glassboro.
That bumped Schalick to sixth overall and gave Haddon Township the team title by a tight 66-64 margin at Egg Harbor.
The team title is the seventh for Haddon Township, following Group 2 titles in 1971 and 1972 and Group 1 titles in 1989, 1991, 2012 and 2015.
Only Penns Grove (15), Willingboro (15), Winslow/Edgewood (13), Woodbury (13), Bridgeton (10), Camden (8) and Haddonfield (8) have won more sectional titles among South Jersey programs.
As always, Haddon Township scored big in the distance races, netting 30 in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.
In the 800, Jake Howley won in 1:58.53 and junior Jerrod Green ran fifth in 2:03.37. Junior Patrick Mulligan ran 9:46.24 to win the 3,200 and 4:29.95 for second in the 1,600 and 18 points.
Green, Howley and Mulligan also ran on Township’s winning 3,200-meter relay team, which ran a 16-season-best of 8:11. Justin Shaw also ran a leg.
Freshman Aidan McEarlean cleared 5-10 in the high jump, picking up seven points with a second-place tie, sophomore Brian Burns placed in both hurdles races, 58.22 for third in the intermediates and 16.15 for sixth in the highs (after a PR 15.74 in the trials) and senior Eric DiCrescenzo threw 49-0 for third in the shot and 129-9 for fifth in the disc.