Paul VI senior Colton Johnson warmed up for next week’s state meet by finishing first in the Robert Kiessling Meet, the unofficial South Jersey parochial school championship race.
Johnson on Saturday morning covered the 5,000-meter Delsea Regional course in 16:30, beating Ben Rosin of Germantown Friends in Philadelphia by 10 meters.
Johnson, who placed sixth last year, is Paul VI’s first Kiessling winner since Thomas Hoban won the 2010 race.
The meet was known as the Knights of Columbus Championships through 2008.
Other PVI winners in the meet’s history. It’s been held concurrently with sectionals since the early 1970s.
Germantown Academy, competing at the Kiessling event for the first time, won the team title 29-59 over Camden Catholic.
Other South Jersey runners in the top 10 included: Eustace senior Shane Voestenak [3rd in 16:37], Camden Catholic senior Matthew Denton [5th in 16:39], Camden Catholic sophomore Cristian Moore [8th in 17:07], Camden Catholic junior Warren Berman [9th in 17:09] and Holy Cross senior Matthew Ziemba [10th in 17:17].