Pitman’s Sebastien Reed enjoys massive victory at Osprey Invite at Stockton!!!!!

Pitman junior Sebastien Reed tore apart the Stockton University 5,000-meter course in 15:43, beating the field by about 200 meters in winning the varsity boys race at the Osprey Invitational Friday afternoon in Galloway Township.

Reed won by 37 seconds over senior Jensen Nunez of Pleasantville, who took second, helping Pleasantville place fifth in team scoring.

Washington Township edged Ocean City 67-72 to win the team title, with Williamstown (111) and West Deptford (141) giving Gloucester County three of the top four spots.

Pitman was eighth with all underclassmen scoring, and Reed was at the head of the pack, running a personal best for 5,000 meters on any course. His previous PR was a 15:59 when he placed sixth at the Tri-County Championships last fall at Cumberland Regional.

Reed has run 4:30 for 1,600 meters and 9:38 for 3,200 meters. He was sectional 3,200 champ last winter at the Bennett Center and went on to place fourth at the state Group 1 meet.

He similarly won Group 1 sectionals in XC last fall before taking fifth at states at Holmdel. He’s the top returning runner from that state Group 1 race.


Brooke Farr makes the difference as the Ocean City girls out-race powerful Red Bank Catholic at Stockton!!!!!

Senior Brooke Farr was the difference maker for the Ocean City girls Friday in a dramatic team victory over one of the state’s top-ranked teams.

Farr was Ocean City’s fourth runner and placed 12th overall, finishing eight spots (six in team scoring) ahead of Red Bank Catholic’s fourth runner and helping the Red Raiders to a 56-60 win over RBC in the Osprey Invite girls race at Stockton University in Galloway Township.

After three runners, Red Bank Catholic had a 15-16 lead. RBC’s fifth runner finished one place — and less than a second — ahead of Ocean City’s fifth runner. Red Bank is ranked No. 12 in New Jersey. Ocean City is No. 1 in South Jersey.

So the fourth runners really determined this team title, and Farr ran 20:07 to lead Ocean City to the triumph.

That is the fastest 5,000 meters Farr has ever run on any course. Her previous PR was a 20:27 at sectionals last year at Delsea.

Ocean City had four of the first 12 finishers, with sophomore Alexa Palmieri second in 18:49, junior Casey McLees fourth in 19:09, junior Rebecca Millar 10th in 19:55, Farr 12th and sophomore Isabella Padula completing the scoring with a 31st-place finish in 21:40.

Ocean City went 2-4-10-12-28 with non-scorers eliminated.

Red Bank Catholic went 1-6-8-18-27.

Mainland was third with 74 points, including four in the top 20.

There were 134 girls in the varsity race, 19 complete teams and runners from a total of 26 schools.

Maddy Kopec of RBC was the overall girls winner in 18:41.

Other South Jersey girls in the top 10 included senior Angela Bannan of Holy Spirit [34rd in 18:59], freshman Alyssa Turner of Mainland [7th in 19:33] and senior Briana Hagerty of Pitman [9th in 19:52].

Juniors Laney and Marissa Guido also raced for Ocean City, placing 41st and 42nd in 22:00.

Ocean City also went 1-4-6-13-15-22-28-33-34 in the JV race, with junior Reghan Handley finishing first overall in 18:41 over 4,032 meters.

Overall winner Chris Spisak leads deep Cherokee boys team to commanding Suffern Invite title at Bear Mountain!!!!!

Led by overall winner Chris Spisak, Cherokee packed all seven of its runners in the top 16 and recorded a commanding win in the Varsity B race at the Suffern Invitational Saturday at Bear Mountain State Park in Rockland County, N.Y.

Spisak, a junior, led from start to finish, covering the hilly three-mile course in 15:38.4 and winning by about 35 meters over Ryan Guerci of Nanuet.

Junior Ethan Wechsler took fourth in 16:13 and junior Chase Miller was ninth in 16:40. Not far back was a pack of four Cherokee runners in a row — sophomores Brett Shea and Nico Grilli, junior Michael Gavio and senior David Jackson took 13th through 16th in a six-second span from 16:51 through 16:57.

In team points, Cherokee went 1-4-8-12-13-14-15. Cherokee could have scored all seven runners while every other school scored five and the Chiefs still would have won the team title.

Cherokee had its seventh runner across the line before anybody else had its fourth runner finish.

Cherokee finished with a 38-82 margin of victory over Mount Academy of Esopus, N.Y., near Poughkeepsie.

The Chiefs also won the JV A race, with junior Robert Hackney, sophomore Dylan Odud and junior Tyler Jackson sweeping the top three places in 17:28, 17:29 and 17:34.

Senior Michael Moraschi placed eighth in 18:07, junior Matthew Campbell and sophomore Bryan Lafferty ran 12th and 13th in 18:16 and 18:19 and Tyler Ortiz made it seven Chiefs in the top 20 with a 17th-place finish in 18:56 out of more than 200 runners.

Cherokee outscored second-place Suffern 26-50 to win the JV A team title.

Cherokee took sixth in the freshman race, led by Aiden Dickinson in 29th place in 10:52 over a 2,400-meter course.

Eisenhower, Riddell lead extraordinary Haddonfield pack running in dominating team triumph at Van Cortlandt!!!

The Haddonfield boys packed its five scorers within 30 seconds and raced to a commanding win Saturday in the Varsity A race at the Regis Invitational over 4,000 meters at hallowed Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.

Senior Greg Eisenhower led the way for the Bulldogs, placing third in 13:01, with junior Martin Riddell fifth in 13:08 and then senior Derek Gess, junior Stephen Kasko and senior Griffin Weiner taking seventh through ninth in 13:28, 13:29 and 13:31.

Haddonfield beat second-place Archbishop Molloy 32-80, and 31 is a very low score in an invitational with 14 schools. This is some exceptional running by Haddonfield, ranked No. 2 in New Jersey.

Haddonfield added four more runners in the top 16, giving the Bulldogs nine of the first 16 finishers.

The Bulldogs had nine runners across the line before anybody else’s third runner finished!!!

Junior Grayson Fasolo [11th in 13:32], senior Sean Campiglia [12th in 13:38], senior Ethan Spellmehyer [13th in 13:46] and junior Andrew Gostovich [16th in 13:53] gave Haddonfield a ridiculous nine runners in the span of 52 seconds on a challenging course.

Haddonfield averaged 13:20 per scorer, 40 seconds faster than Molloy.

How deep is Haddonfield?

The Bulldogs also went 1-2 in the sophomore race, with Caleb Clevenger edging John Hurly 14:21 to 14:25, and Tobias Janssen and Andrew Sullivan went 1-8 in the freshman are, with Janssen running 8:52 over the 2,500-meter course and Sullivan 9:28.

Haddonfield is ranked No. 18 in the U.S. according to MileSplit.

Full results from Vanny should be posted here soon.

Shawnee’s Isabella Turner BREAKS 18 MINUTES at S.J. Shootout; Ocean City girls win team title!!!!!

DnKQazaUwAACe1g.jpgShawnee junior Isabella Turner scorched the 5,000-meter course at Dream Park in Logan Township just outside Glassboro with a 17:52 Saturday to win the girls stud race at the South Jersey Shootout.

This is a new course so there’s nothing to compare her time with, but 17:52 on any 5,000-meter course is ridiculous, and that could stand for quite a while as the course record.

Turner and junior teammate Claire Hauser ran 1-2 for Shawnee in the girls stud race, which includes the No. 1, 2 and 3 runners for each team. Turner won by about 450 meters over Hauser, who finished about a minute and a half behind her teammate.

Only three other girls – sophomore Alexa Palmieri of Ocean City [19:34], senior Angela Bannan of Holy Spirit [19:46] and freshman Alyssa Turner of Mainland Regional [19:59] – broke 20 minutes.

Turner ran 5:02 and 10:55 last year, placing fifth at states in the 1,600 and eighth in the Meet of Champions in the 3,200.

Her fastest previous 5,000 time on record was an 18:22 on the super-charged flat Delsea course at Group 4 sectionals last year, which she won. She went on to place eighth at states with a Holmde career-best 19:17 and 24th at Meet of Champions in 19:20.

The meet was held in previous years on Rowan’s own 5,000-meter course, where the course record of 18:22 was set in 2015 by Mainland Regional’s Alyssa Aldridge.

Team scoring at the Shootout is determined by the overall place of each school’s top two runners in the 1-2-3 race and top three places in the 4-5-6-7 race. It’s a great way to measure depth over frontrunners, and Ocean City won Saturday by going 1-9-10 in the 4-5-6-7 race and 3-7 in the stud race for 30 points.

Palmieri and junior Casey McLees [20:15] went 3-7 in the stud race. Junior Rebecca Millar won the 4-5-6-7 girls race in 21:09, with sophomore Isabella Padula and junior Laney Guido in ninth and 10th in 22:40 and 22:43.

Official team scoring had Ocean City with 30, Mainland with 40, Shawnee at 49 and Seneca with 60. Scoring traditionally, Ocean City wins 63-67 over Mainland, with Shawnee [103] and Seneca [108] third and fourth.

Merged individual results are here. Team scoring is here. Full menu of results is here.

Cumberland Regional’s Josh Leow off to a terrific start at Delaware Valley College!!!

Delaware Valley University junior Josh Loew, a graduate of Cumberland Regional in Upper Deerfield, finished fourth in the Aggies’ own season-opening Delaware Valley Invitational.

Although the official results list Loew’s time as over an hour for the 6,000-meter course in Doylestown, it appears he actually ran 20:00, which is 16:40 pace for 5,000 meters.

There’s not much to Loew’s bio on DVU’s web site — in fact there’s nothing in his bio — https://athletics.delval.edu/roster.aspx?rp_id=5788. But Loew was DelVal’s No. 2 runner in the race, apparently finishing eight seconds behind sophomore Ryan Harris.

Loew has improved tremendously since he ran for Cumberland Regional, where his PRs were 4:48 for 1,600 meters and 10:50 for 3,200 meters.

It appears he began his collegiate career at Cumberland County Community College in Vineland, where he placed eighth in the NJCAA Division 3 national championships as a freshman with a time of 29:42 over the 8,000-meter course in Canandaigua, N.Y., earning All-America honors.

He ran last fall as well for Cumberland but it’s not clear whether he ran at the Region 19 meet or nationals since meet results don’t seem to be available anywhere and Cumberland’s web site has no record of the school’s XC program competing at regionals in the fall of 2017.

Loew was Cumberland County College’s commencement speaker this past spring after earning a 3.8 GPA.

DelVal is off this weekend but scheduled to compete next Friday at the Moravian College Cedar Crest College Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa.

Penn State freshman Madison Coppolino of Sterling finishes among leaders at Spiked Shoe Invite!!!!!

Penn State freshman Madison Coppolino, who starred at Sterling High School, finished 18th of more than 125 runners in the Spiked Shoe Invitational in State College this past weekend.

Coppolino ran unattached, which leaves the possibility that she will red-shirt her freshman year, but she covered the 6,000-meter course in 21:54, which is the same pace [5:52 per mile] as running 18:15 over the high school 5,000-meter distance.

Coppolino finished sixth among Penn State runners, although she doesn’t count in team scoring because she ran unattached. Penn State won the team title, 32-55, over Syracuse.

Coppolino was the fifth freshman across the line and the third from Penn State, following overall winner Julia Paternain, who hails from Cambridge, England, and Jordan Williams of Sharon, Pa., who was 16th. Another PSU freshman, Moria O’Shea from Greensburg, Pa., was 21st. Four of the top six freshmen in the race are from Penn State.

Another South Jersey freshman, Mainland’s Alyssa Aldridge, finished 26 seconds behind Coppolino. Aldridge was Georgetown’s fifth runner, placing 32nd in the field of 127 in 22:20. Georgetown placed third.

A week earlier in her collegiate debut, Coppolino placed 11th — among ninth among Penn State runners – over 4,000 meters in the Dolan Duals meet at Lock Haven with a time of 15:17.

Penn State is ranked No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic Region and No. 13 nationally.

At Sterling, Coppolino placed 13th in the XC Meet of Champions last fall and ran 10:46.38 for fifth I the 3,200 at the Meet of Champions last spring.

Haddonfield boys continue their two-decade winning streak, now own 6th-longest streak in history!!!!!

The Haddonfield boys recorded three dual-meet wins Tuesday, extending their remarkable 22-year-old dual-meet winning streak to 205 consecutive wins.

That’s now believed to be the sixth-longest winning streak in U.S. scholastic XC history and just 39 shy of the South Jersey record set by nearby Paul VI over the 1980 through 2007 seasons:

359 … Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, N.J. [1973-current]
265 … Blackstone-Millville, Mass. [1974-1992]
250 … Fredonia, N.Y. [1971-1984]
247 … Addison, N.Y. [1998-2008]
244 … Paul VI, Haddon Twp., N.J. [1980-2007]
205 … Haddonfield, N.J. [1997-current]
204 … McQuaid Jesuit, Rochester, N.Y. [1971-2000]
189 … State College, Pa. [1965-1985]

Haddonfield defeated West Deptford, Audubon and Gateway, all by 15-50 scores, Tuesday over 5,000 meters at West Deptford Park.

Haddonfield’s first seven runners ran between 17:36 and 17:39, and overall the Bulldogs swept the top 10 fastest times of the day.

Here’s what Haddonfield’s top 10 looked like:

17:36.7 … Greg Eisenhower, Greg [sr.]
17:37.0 … Ethan Spellmeyer [sr.]
17:37.4 … Sean Campiglia [sr.]
17:37.7 … Martin Riddell [jr.]
17:38.1 … Stephen Kasko [jr.]
17:38.4 … Andrew Gostovich [jr.]
17:40.0 … Grayson Fasolo [jr.]
17:48.5 … Derek Gess [sr.]
17:52.0 … Caleb Clevenger [soph.]
17:55.5 … Griffin Weiner [sr.]

The top non-Haddonfield finisher was sophomore Brady Shute of Gateway-Woodbury Co-op, who ran 18:00.

West Depford beat Audubon 20-36 and Gateway Co-op 21-36. Audubon defeated Gateway, 24-31.

Haddonfield has seven dual meets remaining this year: Paulsboro, Haddon Heights and Lindenwold on Monday, Haddon Township, Collingswood and Overbrook on Sept. 25 and Sterling on Oct. 2, all at Pennypacker Park

Cherokee boys win theoretical Cherokee Challenge class race merge team title!!!

Cherokee didn’t run particularly fast, thanks to the terrible conditions, but they sure raced well. The Cherokee boys didn’t win the actual team title at the 23rd annual Cherokee Challenge because team scoring only accounts for the first finisher in each of the four class races.

But scored as a traditional meet — five-fastest times — Cherokee would have won in a very close finish over Westfield.

The Chiefs had four of the top 21 finishers in a merged result and two more in the top 60, with nearly 1,600 boys combined in the various races.

Scored as a conventional meet, Cherokee would have edged Westfield, 103-109, with Salesianum of Delaware third at 145 and Mainland fourth with 249 and the only other school under 300 points.

Westfield packed five runners in the top 31 (and six in the top 41), but Cherokee went 4-9-14-21 to build up a 30-point lead through four runners and hung on for the theoretical win over a very good Westfield team.

Cherokee’s top four and Westfield’s top five were all underclassmen.

Chris Spisak, Ethan Wechsler and Chase Miller went 2-4-7 in the junior race and times don’t really matter considering how wet and muddy the 3,200-meter course was, but they all ran between 10:01 and 10:25. Cherokee’s fourth was Nico Grilli, who was second in the soph race in 10:33.

Senior David Jackson ran 24th in the senior race in 10:46 and sophomore Brett Shea took 12th in the soph race in 10:48, and Michael Gavio took 36th in the junior race in 10:58, giving Cherokee seven under 11 minutes in the various races combined.

Cherokee is ranked No. 10 in the state according to Milesplit. Westfield is ranked No. 7.

Clayton’s Alexis Jones places third for Rutgers-Camden in Philly Metro Invite!!!!!

Clayton native Alexis Jones of Rutgers-Camden opened her season with a terrific race, placing third in the Philly Metro Invitational at Belmont Plateau in West Philadelphia.

In poor conditions, Jones covered the legendary 5,000-meter course in Fairmount Park in 20:59, finishing just 35 meters behind overall winner Taylor Neals of Chestnut Hill College.

Jones attended Felician College in Rutherford and Rowan Gloucester County College before enrolling at Rutgers-Camden. It appears that she didn’t run cross country while she was at Felician College.

She graduated from Gloucester County Tech, although there’s no record on MileSplit of her ever competing in cross country there. Gloucester Tech doesn’t have a track team.

In the fall of 2016, competing for Rowan Gloucester County College, Jones placed 18th in the NJCAA Division 3 nationals in Canandaigua, N.Y., after taking second in the Region 19 race in Newark two weeks earlier.

Jones placed 36th in the NJAC championships last fall at Stockton University.