Sebastien Reed of Pitman won his second straight state XC title Saturday, becoming the first South Jersey boy to win back-to-back state Group 1 championships in 33 years.
On a cold and blustery morning, Reed ran 16:10 over the historic Holmdel County Park course. He’s the first S.J. runner to repeat in Group 1 since Haddonfield’s Dan Gough in 1985 and 1986. He’s the first runner from Gloucester County in any group to win consecutive state titles.
Reed’s time is fastest at Holmdel by a Gloucester County runner since Paul Szulewski of Williamstown ran 15:54 in 2010. Reed already owned the previous-fastest Holmdel time by a Pitman runner at 16:18 from last year’s state meet.
Haddon Township won the team title. More on their incredible performance soon.
The last to repeat in Group 1 was Craig Corti of Walkill Valley, who won in 2013 and 2014. The last South Jersey runner to repeat in any group was Haddonfield’s Jon Vitez in Group 2 in 2008 and 2009.
Here’s a look at all the state XC champs from Gloucester County, going back to legendary Olympic steeplechaser Browning Ross 77 years ago!
Browning Ross, Woodbury [Group 1], 13:29
Don Morgan, Clearview [Groups 1-2], 12:26
Willie Marino, Williamstown [Group 1], 12:50
Joe Siedlecki, Williamstown [Group 1], 12:28
Greg Stremmel, Gateway [Group 2], 15:06
Mike Mantini, Gateway [Group 2], 15:54
Kevin Schilling, Pitman [Group 1], 16:34
Tom Horne, Glassboro [Group 1], 16:28
Pat Ryan, Glassboro [Group 1], 17:04
Sebastien Reed, Pitman [Group 1], 16:18
Sebastien Reed, Pitman [Group 1], 16:10