Steven Mendez outran Mike Morreale of Northern Burlington to become Burlington Township’s first individual winner in the BCSL meet in nearly half a century!
Mendez ran 16:35 over 5,000 meters at New Egypt High in Plumsted Township to win the Liberty Division race and become the Falcons’ first individual winner in a Burlington County Scholastic League race since Randy Breingan ran 11:52 to win the 1970 race over 2 1/2 miles at Moorestown.
Breingan also won the 1969 race and won on to win the Group 1 sectionals that fall in XC. He also won the two-mile at the state Group 1 meet in 1969.
Mendez was the top BCSL runner in the Burlington County Open, where he placed 12th. How much has he improved over the last year? He was 31st in the Open last year and 15th in the BCSL meet.
Northern Burlington won the team title, 33-41, over Rancocas Valley, with Burlington Township third with 58 points. More on the Greyhounds’ team victory soon.
Senior Sean Burnett (7th in 17:02) also ran in the top 10 for the Falcons, taking seventh in 17:02.