Bishop Eustace junior Connor Melko ran a Holmdel PR Saturday, placing second in the Varsity E race at Shore Coaches with a 16:40.
Melko ran second to Meet of Champions outdoor 3,200 winner Devin Hart, a junior at Point Pleasant Boro. Hart ran 15:57, second-fastest time of the day.
Melko’s previous Holmdel County Park PR was 16:53, when he placed third in the state Parochial B race last fall.
The only South Jersey runner to go faster than Melko Saturday on the hilly 5,000-meter Holmdel layout was Kingsway senior Joe Grandizio, who ran 16:33.
Eustace, ranked No. 6 in South Jersey, placed fourth in team scoring with 162 points, behind only Haddonfield (79), Northern Valley-Demarest (116) and Camden Catholic (134).
Juniors Andrew Massaro (26th in 17:48), Sean May (39th in 18:08) and Brian Hutchison (43rd in 18:14) were also in the top-50 for Eustace, which didn’t have a senior in its top 5.
Melko ran 1:57.80 and 4:17.99 as a sophomore last spring. He was the third-fastest sophomore miler in the state a year ago, behind Hart (4:09.49) and CBA’s Tim McInerney (4:17.01), and the fastest sophomore in South Jersey.
Eustace races in the Camden County Championships Friday at Timber Creek Park in Lindenwold and Gloucester Township.