Riddell, Gostovich lead Haddonfield to 3rd at Meet of Champions — the program’s incredible 12TH top-5 M-of-C finish!!!!!

Haddonfield continued its remarkable two-decade run with its 11th top-5 finish in the Meet of Champions Saturday and it’s 10th in the last 14 years.

Led by senior Martin Riddell, who broke 16 at Holmdel for the first time and placed 8th and all five scorers under 17, Haddonfield placed third, behind only CBA [62 points] and Mendham [119] and just ahead of Cherokee [136] and West Windsor-Plainsboro North [140].

It was the 12th top-5 finish for Haddonfield, which is incredible!

Riddell ran 15:58, and senior Andrew Gostovich was 30th overall in 16:28.

Sophomore Seth Clevenger and junior Caleb Clevenger came across three seconds apart in 48th and 55th in 16:43 and 16:46, and senior Stephen Kasko ran 16:53 for 70th.

Gostovich, Clevenger, Clevenger and Kasko scored 19, 28, 33 and 44 team points.

Grayson Fasolo and sophomore Tobias Janssen ran 17:27 and 17:37 to back up Haddonfield’s top 5.

Haddonfield has finished among the top seven at the Meet of Champions for seven consecutive years and 13th or 14 of the last 15 years.

They’ve recorded 19 top-10 finishes overall.

That’s a Group 2 school competing against all the top schools in the state year after year over a 40-year period since the 1970s!

Here’s a rundown of Haddonfield’s astonishing 34 team finishes in the Meet of Champions.

1st – Once
2nd –Twice
3rd – Three times
4th – Four times
5th – Twice
6th – Once
7th – Once
8th – Twice
9th – Once
10th – Twice
11th – Twice
12th – Twice
13th – Five times
14th – Twice
15th – Once
16th – Once
18th – Once
19th – Once

Let’s take a look at Haddonfield’s performance year-by-year since its first appearance at the Meet of Champions in 1978:

2019 … 3rd
2018 … 2nd
2017 … 6th
2016 … 4th
2015 … 4th
2014 … 5th
2013 … 7th
2012 … 13th
2011 … —
2010 … 2nd
2009 … 4th
2008 …4th
2007 … 3rd
2006 … 3rd
2005 … 13th
2004 … —
2003 … —
2002 … 13th
2001… 1st
2000 … 10th
1999 … —
1998 … 11th
1997 … 16th
1996 … 15th
1995 … 10th
1994 … —
1993 … 18th
1992 … —
1991 … —
1990 … 9th
1989 … 5th
1988 … 13th
1987 … 14th
1986 … 8th
1985 … 11th
1984 … 12th
1983 … 19th
1982 … 14th
1981 … —
1980 … 8th
1979 … 13th
1978 … 12th

This is an astonishing record of consistency at the highest level of competition, and it’s from a Group 2 school (that was Group 1 for a bit in there).

What a program!

Finally, Haddonfield’s 16:33 average is their 5th-fastest ever at Holmdel — a fraction of a second off their average from states — and No. 12 in South Jersey history.

Here’s a list of the fastest single-season team times ever at Holmdel by South Jersey schools:

1:21.38 …….. Mainland Regional, 2003 Meet of Champions [1st] (16:19)
1:21:38.40 … Haddonfield, 2010 Meet of Champions [2nd] (16:19)
1:21.47.8 ….. Haddonfield, 2001 Meet of Champions [1st] (16:21 )
1:21.54.72 … Kingsway, 2017 Group 4 [1st] (16:22)
1:22.05 …….. Mainland Regional, 2003 Group 4 [1st] (16:25)
1:22.10.23 … Cherry Hill East, 2014 Group 4 [1st] (16:26)
1:22.31.39 … Haddonfield, 2018 Meet of Champions [2nd] (16:30)
1:22.33.6 ….. Cherokee, 2019 Meet of Champions [4th] (16:30)
1:22.36.50 … Cherry Hill East, 2014 Meet of Champions (16:31)
1:22.40.09 … Cherry Hill East, 2015 Group 4 [2nd] (16:32)
1:22.47.31 … Haddonfield, 2019 Group 2 [1st] (16:33)
1:22.48.6 ….. Haddonfield, 2019 Meet of Champions [3rd] 16.33)
1:22.48.52 … Cherokee, 2019 Group 4 [1st] (16:33)
1:22.52.92 … Kingsway, 2014 Group 4 [2nd] (16:34)
1:22.55.00 … Cherokee, 2019 Shore Coaches [3rd] (16:35)
1:22.59.94 … Cherokee, 2000 Meet of Champions [2nd] (16:35)
1:23.05.92 … Haddonfield, 2009 Group 2 [1st] (16:37)
1:23.07.58 … Haddonfield, 2009 Meet of Champions [4th] (16:37)
1:23.22.69 … Haddonfield, 2015 Meet of Champions [4th] (16:40)
1:23.23.75 … Cherry Hill East 2018 Group 4 [4th] (16:40)
1:23:26 …….. Cherry Hill East 2019 Group 4 (16:41)
1:23.26.98 … Mainland Regional 2002, Group 3 [1st] (16:41)
1:23.29.78 … Haddon Twp., 2014 Meet of Champions [10th] (16:41)
1:23.30.28 … Haddonfield, 2014 Group 2 [1st] (16:42)
1:23.39.03 … Kingsway, 2014 Meet of Champions [4th] (16:43)
1:23.40.91 … Mainland Regional 2002, Meet of Champions [1st] (16:44)
1:23.43.72 … Cherokee, 2004 Meet of Champions [5th] (16:44)
1:23.44.08 … Haddonfield, 2015 Group 2 [2nd] (16:44)

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