Sophomore Stone Caraccio’s 4:18 leadoff leg led Kingsway to the eighth-fastest four-mile relay time in South Jersey history Sunday morning.
Caraccio split an official 4:18.57 and Kingsway went on to run 17:52.30 and place 12th at the National Scholastic Championships in Aggie Stadium on the North Carolina AT&T campus in Greensboro. Caraccio handed off to senior Jonathan Connor in the lead, just ahead of Hudson High in Ohio.
Connor kept Kingsway near the front with a 4:21.37 split and senior Joe Grandizio and junior Kieran Burns kept the Dragons in the thick of the race with splits of 4:34.18 and 4:38.19.
Kingsway finished ninth in its section and 12th overall and broke its own Gloucester County record of 18:07.50 set in 2015 at the CBA 6,400-Meter Relay Challenge. That was actually an 18:01.50 for 6,400 meters converted to four miles.
Grandizio also ran on that team, along with Myles Boerlin, Kyle Everham and Noah Culbreath. Kingsway finished second in that race behind CBA’s 17:37.40.
Obviously the four-mile is not contested very often and when it is it’s generally not very fast, but Kingsway is the eighth South Jersey school to go under 18 minutes, which isn’t easy to do. You’ve got to get four guys to average sub-4:30 on the same day, and you have to find a field that’s competitive enough so your third and fourth legs have someone to race against.
West Windsor-Plainsboro North won the race in 17:19.59 with three sub-4:20 legs, including a 4:15.78 second leg from sophomore Luke Johnson and a 4:16.75 anchor from junior Vedang Lad.
WW-P North’s time is No. 3 in state history and fastest in 45 years, since Paramus Catholic ran 17:12.6 in 1973. It’s also No. 6 in meet history.
ALL-TIME S.J. SUB-18 FOUR-MILE RELAY LIST
17:20.0h ..… Haddon Twp., 1973
17:20.21 ..… Haddonfield, 2010
17:28.84 ..… Mainland Reg., 2004
17:33.30c … Haddonfield, 2010
17:39.64 ..… Mainland Reg., 2003
17:41.3h ..… Williamstown, 1973
17:51.58 ..… Cherokee, 2016
17:52.30 ..… Kingsway, 2018