5th runner Stephen Wilkins makes the difference as Kingsway boys win third straight Shore Coaches title!!!!!

For the third straight year, the Kingsway boys won a team title at Shore Coaches, and for the third straight year they had to run past North Hunterdon to do it.

Kingsway boys won a dramatic dual against North Hunterdon, ranked No. 4 in the state, Saturday in the Varsity B race at Shore Coaches.

North Hunterdon led 27-28 after three runners, and Kingsway led 47-48 after three runners, and that’s what makes cross country so great – your fifth runner is just as important as your first runner.

In this case, Kingsway’s No. 5 runner, senior Stephen Wilkins III, edged North Hunterdon’s fifth runner by six seconds and three spots, giving the Dragons a 78-74 triumph

Junior Stone Caraccio led Kingsway in third place with a 16:19 on the 5,000-meter hill-fest at Holmdel County Park. Senior Gavin Wagner [10th in 16:55], freshman Kyle Rakitis [15th in 17:02], junior Ayden Magee [19th in 17:10] and Wilkins also scored.

This is Kingsway’s third straight title in Varsity B. The Dragons outscored North Hunterdon 55-90 last year and 68-81 in 2016. Kingsway also won Varsity A in 2014.

Kingsway averaged 16:56 for its five scorers to 17:02 for North Hunterdon.

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