Pitman’s Sebastien Reed wins THIRD STRAIGHT SJ-1 title, Haddon Township rolls to 20th team title!!!!!

Sebastien Reed ran the second-fastest time ever at Delsea by a Group 1 runner and won his third straight individual title at the South Jersey Group 1 championships. The Delsea course has been used for sectionals since 2002.

Reed, the defending state champion, remained unbeaten this fall.

Haddon Township won its second straight team title, 10th in the last 12 years and 20th overall.

Reed won in 2017 in 16:11 and last year in 16:16 but crossed the line in 15:49 Saturday, fastest by a South Jersey Group 1 runner since Luke Petela of Haddon Township ran 15:29 in 2004. The only other Group 1 runner to break 16 at Delsea is Owen Long of Haddon Township, who ran 15:58 behind Petela in 2014.

Reed becomes the seventh three-time winner in South Jersey sectional history and the first in Group 1 in more than 30 years:

Mike Butynes [Sterling], Group 3, 1969-71
Jim Smith [Haddonfield], Group 2, 1977-79
Dan Gough [Haddonfield], Group 1, 1984-86
Chris Platt [Haddonfield], Group 2, 2000-02
Alex Yersak [Cherokee], Group 4, 2005-07
Jonathan Vitez [Haddonfield], Group 2, 2007-09
Sebastien Reed [Pitman], Group 1, 2017-19

Reed won by 100 meters over senior Jake Aylmer of Haddon Township, who was second in 16:08, a second ahead of senior Dan Wyshinski of Pennsville.

Aylmer led six Haddon Township runners in the top 14, all in a 61-second gap. Township outscored second-place Audubon 40-79.

Township’s Luke Overbeck [5th in 16:34] and Ethan Bergman [8th in 16:52] were the only sophomores among the top 18 finishers, and junior Matt Conway, senior Justin Merkh and senior Ian McCauley finished 12th, 13th and 14th in 16:58, 16:58 and 17:09. Seventh-man Jackson Lutz, a junior, also broke 18, taking 26th in 17:59.

Haddon Township won its first sectional title in 1968 in Group 3, led by individual winner Ken Medlin. The Hawks then won five of seven from 1970 through 1976 in Group 2, then titles in 1988 and 1996 in Group 2, before winning eight straight from 2008 through 2015 and the last two.

Only Haddonfield (38) has won more sectional titles in South Jersey than Haddon Township. State-wide, only Bernards (27), Ridgewood (25) and Westfield (21) have also won more sectional titles.

Also in the top 10 Saturday were Audubon junior Zachary Williams, the top underclassman in 4th [16:27], Woodstown senior Xavier Seals (6th in 16:48], Maple Shade senior Sean Read [7th in 16:49], Schalick senior Jonathan Miller [9th in 16:52] and Pitman senior Tyler Jackson [10th in 16:55].

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