The Haddonfield boys raced without three of their top five runners and still won the Varsity E race at Shore Coaches by 33 points!
With Martin Riddell, Greg Eisenhower and Andrew Gostovich taking SATs, Haddonfield cobbled together a makeshift varsity team and still averaged an incredible 16:51 over the Holmdel County Park hills.
The Bulldogs outscored neighborhood rival Camden Catholic, 49-82, to win the title.
Haddonfield’s score of 49 points is the lowest by any winning team in Varsity E in 10 years, since the 2008 Haddonfield team, led by Jon Vitez, Benn Potts and Matt Nussbaum, scored 36.
The title is the 10th for the Haddonfield boys at the Shore Coaches Invite and the second in a row.
Haddonfield packed six runners in 37 seconds, with senior Derek Gess leading the way in seventh place in 16:35.
Junior Stephen Kasko placed ninth in 16:50, with senior Ethan Spellmeyer 11th in 16:51.
Haddonfield had three more runners finish 14th, 15th and 16th – junior Grayson Fasolo [16:56] and seniors Griffin Weiner [17:07] and Sean Campiglia [17:12].
Haddonfield won its first Shore Coaches title in Group C back in 1978, when the meet was held around the corner at Brookdale Community College. The Bulldogs also won in 1989 [Group D], 1995, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2017 [Group E] and 1998 [Group F].
How deep is Haddonfield? Even after moving several runners up from the JV, they still went 1-2-3 in the JV race and won the JV Group D team title, 38-68, over St. Joe’s Prep.
Sophomore John Hurly [17:53], senior Tommy Neveling [18:04] and senior Ryan Colflesh [18:42] swept the top three spots, and freshmen Matt O’Leary, Andrew Sullivan and Ethan Welborn all finished in the top 23 out of nearly 200 runners.