Veltre, Henry lead Rowan men to NJAC title and end TCNJ’s 23-YEAR hold hold on conference championship!!!

Kevin Veltre and Dan “Fitch” Henry finished 1-2 and the Rowan men’s cross country team this weekend put an end to College of New Jersey’s remarkable 23-year NJAC winning streak.

TCNJ had three of the first six finishers, but Rowan squeaked by the Lions 36-40 to win its first NJAC team title since 1993.

The College of New Jersey then won every team title from 1994 through 2016, the first two as Trenton State.

Veltre, a Brick Memorial graduate, ran 24:38 over the 8,000-meter course at Stockton University in Galloway Township, finishing about 250 meters ahead of Clearview product Henry, who was second in 25:30.

Veltre is Rowan’s first NJAC XC champ since Jonathan Sewing of Notre Dame High won the 2014 race.

Rowan won its first three NJCA titles from 1961 through 1963 and then won 17 straight from 1974 through 1990 and added titles in 1992 and 1993.

The last school other than TCNJ or Rowan to win the NJAC team title was William Paterson in 1973.

Rowan then packed three runners in a 13-second span between 9th and 13th-place: Jose Figueroa of Highland [9th in 26:03], Nick Nocco of Southern Regional [10th in 26:10] and Matt Russo of Westfield [13th in 26:16].

Three South Jersey runners were in TCNJ’s pack. Robert Abrams of Cherry Hill West [5th in 25:40], Daniel Brennan [14th in 26:19] and Dale Johnson of West Deptford [19th in 26:38], who was TCNJ’s sixth man.

Stockton placed Daniel Do of Absegami seventh in 25:47 and Joe D’Amico of Central Regional 10th in 26:06.

Here’s a list of all the Rowan runners who’ve won the NJAC XC title [Rowan was known as Glassboro State through the 1991 meet]:

2017 Kevin Veltre [Brick Memorial], 24:38
2014 Jonathan Sewnig [Notre Dame], 25:30
2013 Robert Rawls [Triton], 26:37
2011 Robert Rawls [Triton], 26:03
1995 Mike Andino [Memorial-WNY], 26:04
1993 Rob Black [Pitman], 25:12
1992 Matt Martin [Haddon Twp.], 25:25
1991 John Schilling [Pitman], 26:43
1990 Rex Myers [Delran], 26:17
1989 Rich Bostwick [Vineland], 26:05
1988 Rich Bostwick [Vineland], 25:57
1987 Rich Bostwick [Vineland], 26:05
1986 John Montgomery [West Orange], 25:56
1985 Scott Costello [Highland Park], 25:54
1984 Ron Deckert [Oakcrest], 26:23
1983 Robert Rimkis [Washington Twp.], 24:15
1982 Greg Rapp [N/A], 24:25
1981 Greg Rapp [N/A], 24:19
1980 Derick Adamson [Montclair], 25:41
1979 Jack Kruse [Cherry Hill West], 24:47
1978 Jack Kruse [Cherry Hill West], 25:25
1977 Harry Frezza [Bound Brook], 24:32
1976 Jack Kruse [Cherry Hill West], 26:36
1962 Don Lang [N/A], 20:26

All-time individual winners are here. All-time team winners are here.

 

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Lower Cape May’s Berger out-runs big pack for Cape-Atlantic title! Mainland wins first team title in 10 years!!!!!

There wasn’t a lot of drama regarding the team title at Thursday’s Cape Atlantic Conference championships.

There was plenty of drama in the individual race.

How often do you see the first seven finishers in a major meet all finish within 50 meters of each other?

That’s exactly what happened at the finish of the CAL boys race at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville.

Seniors Will Berger of Lower Cape May, Nicholas Berenotto of Mainland and Jesse Schmeizer of Ocean City, along with three more Mainland runner — sophomore Kevin Antczak and juniors Ar Simons Menezes and Mikin Patel — and Egg Harbor junior Gobi Thurairajah all finished between 16:09 and 16:19.

That’s nuts!

Berger crossed the line first, in 16:09, with Berenotto 10 meters back in 16:11 and Schmeizer and Antczak each one stride back, Schmeizer in 16:12 and Antczak in 16:13.

Simons Menezes, Patel and Thurairajah followed in 16:17, 16:18 and 16:19.

Berger also won the Cape May County 1,600 title this past spring and the Cape May XC title last week. He’s also a 10-6 pole vaulter.

Mainland won the team title, 21-56, over Ocean City, with Egg Harbor third with 85 points. Ocean City had defeated Mainland for the conference title the last two years.

The team title was Mainland’s first in 10 years, since Matt Jernberg, Max Mittleman and Andrew Everett led the Mustangs to a thrilling three-point win — 42-45 over Ocean City.

Also in the top 10 were Egg Harbor junior Brian Catania (8th in 16:32), Mainland senior Tiger Carey (9th in 16:35) and Egg Harbor senior Jordan callahan (10th in 16:40).

Moorestown girls continue remarkable streak with 18th CONSECUTIVE Liberty Division XC championship!!!!!

The Moorestown girls placed all seven of their runners in the top 13 and rolled to their 18th consecutive Burlington County Scholastic League Liberty Division title Saturday over the flat 5,000-meter course at New Egypt in Plumstead Township.

Freshman Kate Inglis, sixth in the County Open, was the overall winner, crossing in 18:55. Moorestown then packed senior Emily Hurren, junior Kate Goettle and freshman Anu Bezwada in fifth, sixth and seventh, all within 20:09 and 20:26.

Moorestown’s fifth finisher was its third freshman, Claire Bodine, who ran 21:06 for 11th. Sophomore Kylie Evoy and senior Cailin Field rounded out the Quaker lineup in 12th and 13th, Field in 21:17 and Field in 21:52.

Scoring against the field, which also included Rancocas Valley, Northern Burlington and Burlington Township, Moorestown wins 26-29.

Also in the top 10 were Pennsauken freshman Natalina Nunez and senior Morgan Gallagher and junior Paige Hammond of Rancocas Valley, who all broke 20 minutes. Northern was led by junior Nicolina Zappley (8th in 20:36), with Rancocas Valley senior Grace Pagano (9th in 20:54) and Northern’s Kendra Zaleski (10th in 21:02) rounding out the top 10.

The BCSL meet was stopped after the 1990 meet and resurrected in 2000. Moorestown has won every team title since the meet was revived — by an average of 27 points.

This is the 10th time during that 18-year span Rancocas Valley has placed second. Northern Burlington has taken second the other eight years.

Here’s a look at Moorestown’s 18 consecutive Liberty Division titles, which have ranged from seven points in 2008 to 55 in 2002. Moorestown’s top finisher is listed on the right, along with her place.

2017 … Moorestown 26, Rancocas Valley 40 [Kate Inglis, 1st]
2016 … Moorestown 25, Rancocas Valley 50 [Tara Thornton, 1st]
2015 … Moorestown 30, Northern Burlington 38 [Tara Thornton, 3rd]
2014 … Moorestown 34, Rancocas Valley 57 [Genevieve Cickavage, 1st]
2013 … Moorestown 27, Rancocas Valley 50 [Genevieve Cickavage, 1st]
2012 … Moorestown 28, Northern Burlington 57 [Natalie Cooper, 2nd]
2011 … Moorestown 32, Northern Burlington 41 [Natalie Cooper, 2nd]
2010 … Moorestown 22, Rancocas Valley 45 [Tara Monihan, 1st]
2009 … Moorestown 27, Northern Burlington 38 [Emily Thompson, 3rd]
2008 … Moorestown 24, Rancocas Valley 31 [Kendall Jackson, 2nd]
2007 … Moorestown 15, Rancocas Valley 54 [Brianna Rogers, 1st]
2006 … Moorestown 17, Rancocas Valley 58 [Jessica Levin, 1st]
2005 … Moorestown 19, Northern Burlington 59 [Jessica Rogers, 1st]
2004 … Moorestown 26, Northern Burlington 70 [Meghan Hughes, 2nd]
2003 … Moorestown 28, Northern Burlington 52 [Meghan Hughes, 2nd]
2002 … Moorestown 23, Northern Burlington 78 [Meghan Hughes, 1st]
2001 … Moorestown 17, Rancocas Valley 67 [Kelsey Rinehart, 1st]
2000 … Moorestown 31, Rancocas Valley 43 [Kelsey Rinehart 2nd]

With one point separating three teams, Northern Burlington edges Moorestown & Burlington Twp. in wild BCSL finish!!!!!

You can’t have a closer three-team finish. Barring a three-way tie.

Northern Burlington emerged as the 2017 Burlington County League Scholastic League Liberty Division champions for the first time since 2013 in a wild three-way finish with Moorestown and Burlington Township on the flat, fast 5,000-meter course at New Egypt High School in Ocean County.

Northern scored 53 points, and Moorestown and Burlington Township both scored 54, and Rancocas Valley wasn’t that far back with 70 points in fourth place.

Northern somehow won in a 32-person race without anybody in the top six. But the Greyhounds placed their five scorers from 7th through 14th in a crazy 17-second pack.

That’s right — 17 seconds separated Northern’s five scorers! That’s insane!

Junior Mike Morreale led Northern in seventh in 16:55, with freshman Daniel Boria (9th in 16:59), sophomore Kyle Stanley (11th in 17:03), senior Parker Napierala (12th in 17:10) and junior Matt Halvorsen (14th in 17:12) all close behind.

Incredibly, Moorestown and Burlington Township each put two runners ahead of Northern’s first runner, but with its tremendous pack running NBC still found a way to win.

Rancocas Valley senior Jacob Tyndale was the overall winner, crossing in 16:07, with Burlington Township soph Dakota Oyuela second in 16:20, the highest finish by a Burlington Township runner since Tim Reardon was second in 2010.

Juniors Jack West and Jack Farmer of Moorestown ran third and fourth in 16:28 and 16:38, with Burlington Township junior Sean Burnett fifth in 16:39 and R.V.’s Ian Moore sixth in 16:41 before the Northern floodgates opened.

The team title was the fourth for Northern, which also won in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Northern’s winning score of 53 points — not surprisingly in such a close three-team race — was the highest in 17 years, since Rancocas Valley won with 54 points in 2000. Just as unsurprisingly, Burlington Township’s 54 points marked the lowest third-place score in meet history.

The previous smallest margin of victory was three points, with Moorestown edging Northern 31-34 in 2008 and Moorestown defeating Rancocas Valley 43-46 in 2015.

The closest previous three-way race I could find going back to the early 1980s was 12 points separating first and third. That was in 2000, with R.V. at 54, Northern at 62 and Holy Cross 66.

Moorestown’s other scorers were senior Jesse Wun (8th, 16:58), freshman Connor Fischel (18th in 17:24) and sophomore Victor Demartini (21st in 17:35).

For Burlington Township, senior Koodsha Manjaro ran 13th in 17:11, followed by junior Steven Mendez (15th in 17:15) and senior Tyler Repici (19th in 17:28).

Rounding out the top 10 was Pennsauken senior Phillip Nguyen, who ran 17:01.

After two runners, the score was Burlington Township 7, Moorestown 7, Northern 16. After three runners, it was Moorestown 15, Burlington Township 20, Northern 27. After four runners, it was Moorestown 33, Burlington Township 35, Northern 39.

But Napierala and especially Halvorsen helped clinch the team title for Northern by defeating their corresponding runners on Moorestown and Township by a combined nine spots for Napierala and 12 spots for Halvorsen.

Moorestown officially gets credit for second place on a sixth-runner tiebreaker, with the Quakers’ sixth runner, sophomore Louis Purul, finishing in 18:24, two seconds ahead of Township’s No. 6 runner.

 

Millville sweeps boys and girls titles at Cumberland County championships!!!

Millville swept the Cumberland County championship races Friday, with the boys outscoring Cumberland Regional 27-43 and the girls defeating Vineland by a 24-41 margin. It was the third straight title for the Millville girls.

Millville placed all seven of its runners in the top 10, led by senior Christian Bird, who ran 17:03 and placed second overall. Sophomore Nick Schlegel ran 17:52 for fourth and then Millville runners took five straight spots from sixth to 10th, with seniors Tyler Vandemark (6th in 18:04) and Benny Martinez (7th in 18:08) and sophomore Zachary Asselta (8th in 18:10) finishing in a six-second span.

Seniors John Slaney and Eric Vanaman finished ninth and 10th for Millville in 18:34 and 18:41, bumping the third, fourth and fifth runners from Cumberland Regional and Vineland. Bridgeton did not run a full team.

Cumberland junior Miguel Vera edged Bird by 30 meters, winning in 16:57. Vineland senior Jordan Pitt was third in 17:31 and Cumberland soph Damien Grooms fifth in 17:56.

In the girls race, Millville put five in the top 10, with junior Raelynne Miller clocking 19:34 on the 5,000-meter Cumberland County College course in Vineland and winning by 175 meters over Cumberland senior Sara Loew, who ran 20:16. Miller and Loew repeated their 1-2 finish of last year.

Sophomore Abbigail Markee (3rd in 21:02), junior Sydney Caromano (4th in 21:52),  senior Serena Townsend (6th in 22:43) and sophomore Rebecca Fomich (10th in 24:38) also scored for Millville.

The rest of the top 10 was all Vineland — sophomores Kimberly Zarate (5th in 22:19) and Trinity Pritchett (7th in 23:16), senior Audrey O’Neill (8th in 23:19) and junior Marianne Burgess (9th in 24:06).

Turner runs 18:22, edges Storti, and Shawnee girls win 4th Olympic Conference title in the last 5 years!!!

The Shawnee girls packed all five of their scorers under 20 minutes and rolled to the fastest time and lowest overall merged score Friday at the Olympic Conference XC Championships at Rowan University in Glassboro.

Sophomore Isabella Turner ran 18:22 to finish first overall. Turner out-raced Bishop Eustace junior Katy Storti, who placed second in 18:25, finishing just 12 meters behind Turner.

Shawnee, ranked No. 2 in South Jersey, outscored No. 5 Seneca 45-89 with No. 4 Cherokee third with 92 points in the overall team scoring race.

Shawnee edged Seneca 24-35 in the Patriot Division team scoring. Cherokee won the American Division 37-59 over Lenape, and Paul VI won on a sixth-runner tie-breaker over Bishop Eustace after they finished tied at 31 points in the National Division.

In merged scoring, Shawnee had five of the top 15 scorers, with Isabella Turner leading the way in first in 18:22, which averages out to sub-5:55 per mile.

Also for Shawnee, sophomore Claire Hauser finished fifth overall (19:03), with junior Lauren Tenet (11th in 19:40), senior Laura Mavracic (13th in 19:43) and senior Claire Rankin (15th in 19:47) giving Shawnee an impressive 19:19 team average.

Shawnee’s sixth and seventh runners, junior Grace Kearns and senior Hannah Maloney, were both well under 21 minutes, Kearns taking 24th in 20:20 and Maloney 34th in 20:46.

Seneca (19:52) and Cherokee (19:51) also averaged sub-20 on the 5,000-meter course.

Also under 19 minutes on the new course at Rowan were Cherokee sophomore Kate Rathman (third in 18:41) and Lenape senior Alexa Woltjen (fourth in 18:50).

Rounding out the overall top 10 were Seneca senior Carley Tool (6th in 19:06), Seneca freshman Emma Klouchek (7th in 19:15), Cherokee senior Sophia Eick (8th in 19:16), Cherry Hill East junior Sarah Pierce (9th in 19:18) and Seneca senior Sydney Warner (10th in 19:31).

This is the 11th straight year one of the Lenape District schools has won the Olympic Conference girls team title. Lenape won in 2007 and 2011, Seneca in 2008, 2012 and 2016, Cherokee in 2009 and 2010 and Shawnee in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017. The last non-Lenape District title came in 2006, when Cherry Hill East outscored Lenape, 39-62.

 

 

 

Moorestown’s Cooper, Delran’s Tattory lead TCNJ women to Gettysburg Invite championship!!!

Moorestown High School graduate Natalie Cooper and Delran’s Madeleine Tattory both finished in the top 5 and led The College of New Jersey women’s XC team, ranked No. 20 nationally in NCAA Division 3, to the team title at the Gettysburg College Invitational Saturday.

Cooper placed second in 22:35 and Tattory fifth in 22:50 over the 6,000-meter course. There were 282 runners and 31 teams in the race. Cooper and Tattory are both juniors.

In all, TCNJ runners went 2-5-8-9-17 and 2-4-7-8-15 for 36 points, finishing well ahead of second-place Ohio Wesleyan (my alma mater) of Delaware, Ohio.

Freshman Gabriella DeVito of Monmouth Regional, junior Erin Holzbaur of Robbinsville and junior Abigail Faith of Freehold Township rounded out the Lions’ scoring group. Emma Bean of Mainland Regional wasn’t far behind, placing 22nd.

The TCNJ men also raced well, with Cherry Hill East graduate Robert Abrams placing fourth overall in 26:06 over the 8K course. TCNJ placed second in the team competition to a post-graduate Georgetown Running Company team, 50-54.