Cinnaminson senior Austin Gabay broke 16 minutes at Holmdel for the first time on Saturday morning and won his second consecutive individual title at the Shore Coaches Invitational.
Gabay tore up the hilly Holmdel County Park course in 15:58, finishing 225 meters ahead of second place in the Varsity E race.
Gabay is the third Cinnaminson runner to break 16 minutes at Holmdel, joining Jon Anderson, who ran 15:51 in 2003, and Michael Ungvarsky, who ran 15:57 in 2016.
He’s the 33rd South Jersey runner to break 16 minutes.
Gabay, who ran 1:54.73, 4:16.02 and 9:15.13 on the track last year, had a previous Holmdel PR of 16:01 when he won Shore Coaches last year.
He’s the first to win the Varsity E race in back-to-back years since Patrick Rono of Lyndhurst in 2009 and 2010 and the first South Jersey runner to win at Shore Coaches in consecutive years since Ungvarsky won Group D in 2015 and Group E in 2016.
Previous Cinnaminson winners at Shore Coaches are Bill Mason in 1998, Anderson in 2002, Ungvarsky twice and Becky Leon in the girls Group C race in 1991.
Gabay finished 43 seconds ahead of second-place Jesse Campoverde of Lakeland Regional.
Also in the top 10 were Camden Catholic senior Matthew Denton, 5th in 17:14, and Haddonfield sophomore Tobias Janssen, 10th in 17:34.