Imagine having seven of the first 13 finishers in a cross country invitational and … finishing second?
That’s exactly what happened to Cherry Hill East, which put together a monumental effort at the Camden County Championships, going 2-4-7-8-10-11-13 with its seven runners but still finished second to Haddonfield by a 25-30 score.
So East accounted for more than half of the first 13 runners across the line and still had to settle for a close second to Haddonfield.
Either way, this was too very good, very deep teams going head to head with championship season approaching.
Haddonfield overcame Cherry Hill East’s remarkable effort by going 2-3-5-6-9 and winning the team title 25-30 at Timber Creek Park in Lindenwold and Gloucester Township.
Sophie Steidle of Collingswood was the individual winner with a 19:57, and Nia Holden of Highland finished eighth overall, but neither was running with a full team so they don’t count in team scoring.
As for runners involved in team scoring, Cherry Hill East and Haddonfield accounted for the first 11 finishers.
Haddonfield and Cherry Hill East are ranked fourth and third in South Jersey.
Counting only team scorers, East went 1-4-7-8-10 to Haddonfield’s 2-3-5-6-9. Two very good teams at the top of their game.
For Haddonfield, sophomore Allison Colflesh and junior Lilly Sirover both ran 20:33, placing third and fourth overall, sophomores Lindsay Colflesh and Payton Weiner ran 21:05 and 21:20 for sixth and seventh, and sophomore Georgia Nussey clinched the win by taking 11th in 22:02.
For East, junior Sarah Pierce was ran 20:25 and took second overall (first among team scorers), and sophomore MaryKathleen McCurdy was fifth in 20:51. Cherry Hill East then had four of five finisher between 21:45 and 22:12, with senior Dani Lazarus ninth, junior Aliza Kotzen 10th, sophomore Tabitha DiDonato 12th and sophomore Isabel Slimm 13th.
Haddonfield’s five-point win was the closest in the Camden County championships since 2010, when Bishop Eustace won a sixth-race tiebreaker with Eastern after they both had 48 points with five runners scored.