With 3 in top 25, Kingsway boys race to close 2nd place in Meet of Champions!!!!!

Kingsway gave CBA everything it could handle Saturday before finishing a very close second in the boys Meet of Champions XC race.

In a battle of New Jersey’s two top-ranked teams, CBA packed its five among the top 22 scorers (top 41 overall) and finished with an 80-96 edge over Kingsway, which placed its five scorers among the top 31 scorers (top 51 overall).

Boys results can be found here:http://www.lfracing.com/cross-country/2017-xc-season/njsiaa-xc-meet-of-champions-11-18/

Seniors Joe Grandizio, Kieran Burns and Jonathan Connor finished 17th, 21st and 22nd in 16:17, 16:20 and 16:22 for the Dragons. Senior Cade Hindley [50th 16:44] and sophomore Stone Caraccio [55th in 16:47] also scored for the Dragons. Caraccio had been Kingsway’s sixth man at sectionals and states.

The second-place finish is Kingsway’s best ever at the Meet of Champions. The Dragons were fourth two years ago. The best previous finish by a Gloucester County team at Meet of Champions before this current Kingsway run was Delsea’s sixth place in 1979.

Kingsway’s finish is the best by a South Jersey school since Haddonfield placed second in 2010 and matches the best since Mainland won the team title in 2003.

The Dragons were bidding to join Haddonfield [2001], Paul VI [1984, 1988, 1989, 1994] and Mainland [2002, 2003] as the fourth South Jersey school to win the Meet of Champions in its 46-year history.

Kingsway joins Haddonfield, Paul VI, Mainland, Holy Cross, Highland and Cherokee as the eighth South Jersey program with a top-two finish at the Meet of Champions.

Here’s a look at every top-5 finish in meet history by South Jersey teams:

2017
2nd Kingsway
2016
None
2015
4th Haddonfield
2014
3rd Cherry Hill West, 4th Kingsway, 5th Haddonfield
2013
None
2012
None
2011
None
2010
2nd Haddonfield
2009
4th Haddonfield
2008
4th Haddonfield
2007
3rd Haddonfield
2006
3rd Haddonfield
2005
None
2004
5th Cherokee
2003
1st Mainland Reg., 5th Cherokee
2002
1st Mainland Reg., 5th Cinnaminson
2001
1st Haddonfield, 4th Cherokee, 5th Mainland Reg.
2000
2nd Cherokee
1999
2nd Paul VI, 3rd Cherokee, 4th Washington Twp.
1998
2nd Cherokee, 3rd Washington Twp., 4th Shawnee
1997
3rd Cherokee , 5th Shawnee
1996
None
1995
3rd Paul VI
1994
1st Paul VI, 4th Highland Reg.
1993
4th Paul VI
1992
4th Paul VI, 5th Shawnee
1991
5th Shawnee
1990
2nd Paul VI
1989
1st Paul VI, 2nd Highland, 5th Haddonfield
1988
1st Paul VI, 3rd Highland, 5th Bridgeton
1987
2nd Paul VI
1986
3rd Paul VI
1985
3rd Paul VI
1984
1st Paul VI
1983
2nd Holy Cross, 4th Paul VI
1982
4th Paul VI
1981
None
1980
None
1979
None
1978
None
1977
None
1976
None
1975
None
1974
None
1973
None
1972
No Team Scoring

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