We’ve finally got some official Group 1 boys results!
What a day for Haddon Township!
The Hawks won the state Group 1 title with the largest margin of victory in 38 years!
Senior Jake Aylmer placed 4th in 16:38, and the Hawks got all five scorers across the line among the first 22 finishers — the first 15 in team scoring — to swarm the field on the way to their 13th state title.
Sophomore Luke Overbeck was 12th in 17:14, senior Ian McCauley 16th in 17:28, sophomore Ethan Bergmann 21st in 17:40 and junior Matt Conway 22nd in 17:42. Senior Justin Merkh [28th in 17:51] gave Township a solid 6th man, just a few seconds behind their 5th runner.
Haddon Township had six across the line before second-place Shore Regional’s second runner.
Haddon Township finished with a 53-142 win over Shore, a massive 89-point advantage.
The 53 points are the lowest winning score since Haddon Township topped Pennsville 31-76 in 2014. The 89-point margin of victory is the largest since Bernards won by 95 points in 1981, 15-110 over Henry Hudson.
Township won its first state title in 1968 in Group 3, then won Group 2 in 1971, 1972 and 1976. The Hawks won Group 2 in 1986 and Group 1 in 1988, then didn’t win another title until the current run began in 2008. Since then, Township has won Group 1 in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and the last two years.
Only CBA (29), Bernards (23), neighboring Haddonfield (17) and Westfield (15) have won more state boys cross country championships in state history.