Ocean City girls win 10th straight Cape May County meet with near-sweep broken up by Middle Twp. freshman!!!

Sofia Jurusz of Middle Township broke up an Ocean City sweep with a fifth-place finish, but the Red Raiders still scored a near-perfect 16-69 win over Middle in the Cape May County Championships Friday.

Senior Casey McLees ran 19:02 to win the 5,000-meter race at the Cape May Zoo in Lower Township.

Junior Alexa Palmieri, senior Rebecca Millar and senior Emma Sardy completed the Ocean City sweep of the first four spots, Palmieri in 19:29, Millar in 20;16 and Sardy in 20:22. Junior Erin Hanlon placed sixth in 20:34.

Ocean City junior Isabella Padula and senior Reghan Handley both also finished in the top 10, giving the Red Raiders seven of the top nine finishers. Padula was 8th in 21:16 and Handley 9th in 21:19.

Jurusz ran 20:26 for fifth, her fastest time this year on any 5,000-meter course.

Also in the top 10 were junior Lindsay Robbins [7th, 20:49] and senior Jayne Seitz [10th in 21:26] of Cape May VoTech in Middle Township.

The team title is Ocean City’s 10th in a row and 30th in the last 33 years. Wildwood Catholic won in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

It’s the 22nd time the Red Raiders have scored fewer than 20 points in winning the county title.

Let’s take a look at Ocean City’s most frequent winning scores:

15 points: 11 times [1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2001, 2002, 2014]
16 points: 2 times [2003, 2019]
17 points: 3 times [2004, 2013, 2005]
18 points: 3 times [1990, 1995, 2015]
19 points: 3 times [1996, 2012, 2017]
20 points 1 time [1999]
22 points: 1 time [2016]
25 points: 2 times [2010, 2011]
27 points: 1 time [2000]
28 points: 2 times [1998, 1999]
29 points: 1 time [2018]
32 points: 1 time [1997]

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