Things didn’t go exactly the way Haddon Township planned it this weekend. Knowing every point was crucial in an anticipated extremely tight battle with a very good Clayton team, Haddon Township had some setbacks.
Senior Brian Burns qualified fifth in the high hurdles but didn’t place. Haddon Township athletes piled up a ridiculous FIVE seventh places, missing valuable points by two inches in the long jump and fractions of a second in several events on the track. And the Hawks’ 1,600-meter relay team was DQ’d after placing fifth.
That’s a lot of adversity.
But the Hawks kept bouncing back. And they’re champions because of it.
They only won two of 18 events, but the Hawks kept piling up enough thirds and fourths to hang on for a one-point win over Clayton for their fifth South Jersey Group 1 title in the last eight years and ninth sectional title overall.
Only Willingboro (17), Penns Grove (15), Winslow Township (13), Woodbury (13) and Bridgeton (10) have won more in South Jersey sectional history.
Let’s take a look at how the Hawks got it done!
ED BARRETT: The senior PR’d by more than five feet in the javelin, winning with a 170-0 that made him the fifth thrower in South Jersey this spring to reach 170 feet and one of only three state-wide in Group 1.
BRIAN BURNS: Burns, a senior, ran a two-second season-best of 56.52 to win the intermediates, only 22-100ths of a second off his PR set last year at sectionals. He also contributed a leg on the fifth-place 400-meter relay team, which ran 44.67.
JOSH POTTER: Twelve huge points from Potter, who ran 50.83 for third in the 400 and 2:00.96 for third in the 800.
JAKE AYLMER: Two big PRs for the junior, who ran 9:43.63 for third in the 3,200 and 4:33.07 for fourth in the 1,600.
AIDAN MCERLEAN: The junior took third in the high jump at 6-0 and anchored Township’s fifth-place 4-by-1 team.
JACOB ROSCOE: Took third in the pole vault at 12-6 for six huge points.
NOAH DINERMAN: Senior ran 9:57.57 for fourth in the 3,200 and ran on the second-place 3,200-meter relay team.
TYLER FULLERTON: The junior PR’d at 11-6 for fourth place behind Roscoe’s third place.
ROBERT BECK: Every point counts. Beck went into the meet with a PR of 128-9. If he threw that again? He doesn’t place. But he PR’d by more than four feet with a 132-10 for sixth place and a crucial point.
REILLY DOUGHERTY, NICK D’ANGELO: Both ran on the 4-by-1 team. Dougherty is a freshman, D’Angelo a junior.
IAN MCCAULEY, JOSH POTTER, BRIAN FURLANO: McCauley, a junior, Potter, a senior, and Furlano, a freshman, joined Dinerman on the second-place 3,200-meter relay team, which ran 8:23.04.