Haddon Twp.’s Luke Petela records huge breakthrough 3,000, moves up to #4 in Vermont Catamounts history!!!!!

Haddon Township graduate Luke Petela PR’d in the 3,000 Saturday in Boston with an 8:22.17 at the John Thomas Terrier Classic.


That’s No. 4 on the all-time Vermont Catamounts all-time performance list.


Petela, a Vermont senior, ran the entire race with teammate Neville Caulfield, who passed him on the final lap and ran 8:21.83 — No. 3 in Vermont history.

Petela closed in 31.7, but Caulfield closed in 30.1.

This is a major PR for Petela, whose previous indoor 3,000 PR of 8:34.70 came his freshman year, in February of 2018, at the America East Conference Championships on the same track at Boston University.

Caulfield and Petela now rank No. 4 and No. 5 this year on the America East performance list, behind three Stony Brook runners.


Here’s the updated all-time Vermont 3,000-meter list:

8:18.39 … Dan Moroney, 2016
8:21.10 … Connor Jennings, 2011
8:21.83 … Neville Caulfield, 2020
8:22.17 … Luke Petela, 2020
8:25.54 … Doug Maisey, 2010
8:26.29 … Chris Gish, 2017
8:26.60 … Oliver Scofield, 2016
8:27.02 … John Benner, 2019
8:28.42 … Aaron Anderstrom, 2015
8:30.06 … Jamie Carmichael, 2000

Petela is coming off a strong XC season in which he placed 10th in the America East Championships in Albany and raced in the NCAA Division 1 Northeast Regionals in Amherst, N.Y.

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