Haddonfield, Cherry Hill East XC to race against some of N.J.’s best

The Haddonfield and Cherry Hill East boys and girls XC teams will get to race against some of the best teams in the state next month at a new invitational scheduled for next month in Colts Neck.

With XC meets all over the state getting cancelled and states and Meet of Champions already called off, long-time Colts Neck coach Jim Schlentz put together a small XC meet featuring some of the best teams in the state.

The meet will be held with COVID-19 restrictions and safety measures in place, but will give Haddonfield and Cherry Hill East an opportunity to race teams they won’t have another chance to compete against this fall.

The Cougar Invitational Team Challenge is scheduled for Oct. 10 at Bucks Mill Recreation Area. Spectators won’t be allowed, starting positions will be separated by a six-foot buffer zone, chip timing will be used to avoid a crowded finish and the fields will be limited to eight teams each.

Haddonfield boys are ranked No. 17 in the state and the girls are ranked No. 8. Cherry Hill East boys are ranked No. 4 and the girls No. 13.

In the boys meet, Haddonfield and Cherry Hill East will face CBA, Ridge, Colts Neck, Middletown South, Westfield and Summit, all ranked in the top 10 in New Jersey by MileSplit.

The girls meet will also feature Middletown South, Colts Neck, Westfield, Ridge, Summit and Red Bank Catholic, all ranked among the top 16 in the state.

The Haddonfield and Cherry Hill East boys finished 3rd and 8th in the Meet of Champions last year. The Haddonfield girls finished 4th.

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