Distance team piles up 78 of a possible 82 points as Haddonfield girls romp to state-record 19th sectional championship!!!!!

It was a near-perfect weekend for the Haddonfield girls distance team, which scored 68 out of a possible 72 points in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 on its way to the South Jersey Group 2 title at Delsea.

As we wrote about earlier, Haddonfield swept the 1,600 on Friday, with sophomores Sarah Naticchia, Payton Weiner and Allison Colflesh all setting PRs of 5:03.26, 5:03.53 and 5:07.01.

On Saturday, Naticchia and Weiner went 1-2 in the 3,200 in 11:20.39 and 11:23.01, and junior Lilly Sirover placed third in 11:29.24 for another 24 points.

Haddonfield ran great in the 800 as well, with all three sophomore half-milers breaking 2:18. Colflesh won the 800 in a personal-best 2:15.91, Lindsay Colflesh was third in 2:17.53, and sophomore Olivia Stoner took fourth in 2:17.86.

Kudos to Pemberton senior Ariana Harrell, who was the only girl in South Jersey Group 2 to break up the Haddonfield dominance. Harrell placed second in the 800 in 2:16.46, a three-second PR and school record for the Hornets senior.

Junior Evie Andrewes, Allison Colflesh, Stoner and Sirover all ran on the winning 3,200-meter relay team, which ran 9:43.95.

Haddonfield won the South Jersey Group 2 team title 117-76 over Delsea, with exactly two-thirds of their points (78 of 117) coming in the 800, 1,600, 3,200 and 3,200-meter relay.

But the Lady Bulldogs’ distance team certainly had plenty of help!

Junior Grace Kegler (15.81) and senior Jennifer Scott (16.20) went 3-6 in the high hurdles, junior Julia Mora-Coffey took fifth in the intermediates (1:09.46), sophomore Robin Rosen and junior Rachel Bonnet tied for fourth in the high jump at 4-10, Scott (10-6) and Rosen (9-6) went 2-3 in the pole vault and sophomore Yelena Talley placed third in the long jump (16-10 1/4).

The sectional title is Haddonfield’s 19th, most by any girls program in the state. The only program to win more is the Metuchen boys, who won 26 from 1970 through 2016 in Central Jersey Group 1 and 2, including 16 straight from 1993 through 2008.

Among girls programs, Columbia and Metuchen both had 17 sectional titles going into this weekend.

Haddonfield won Group 1 in 1983, 1984 (tying with Kingsway), 1989, 1993, 1994, 1998 and 1999 and has won Group in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018 and 2019.

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