A year ago, Ray Derman ran 18:16 and placed 14th in the Camden County Championships. This time, he improved by almost a full minute and finished first.
Herman led an all-underclass Camden Catholic team, ranked No. 11 in South Jersey, to the team title Friday at the Camden County Championships! The Fighting Irish packed their first four runners in 34 seconds on their way to a 36-90 win over No. 10 Cherry Hill East (which didn’t run all its top guys).
Derman, now a junior, out-raced freshman Michael Henry of Timber Creek for the win, covering the 5,000-meter Timber Creek Park course in Lindenwold and Gloucester Township in 17:17 and finishing 50 meters ahead of Henry.
Juniors Matt Coffey [4th in 17:41], Richard Castaneda [7th in 17:48] and Max Baier [9th in 18:01] also finished in the top 10 for 11th-ranked Camden Catholic. Sophomore Matthew Denton was the Irish’s fifth scorer, in 18th place in 18:28.
The rest of the top 10 included Winslow senior Darien Miller [3rd in 17:40], Triton senior Noah Cziryak [5th in 17:45], Haddonfield sophomore Andrew Gostovich [6th in 17:47], Sterling senior Cajetan Ejianreh [8th in 17:49] and Eastern junior Alex Andrews [10th in 18:08].
Haddonfield, ranked No. 2 in South Jersey, also didn’t race its top runners, and defending champion Highland didn’t race. Sterling was down several runners who were ill.