Junior Kyle Rakitis placed second to Gateway/Woodbury’s Brady Shute and Kingsway raced to a close team win over West Deptford at the Gloucester County XC Championships.
The title is Kingsway’s ninth in a row.
Shute ran 15:59 over 5,000 meters at West Deptford Park to become the first repeat winner from Gateway since Paul Greenhalgh won the 1983 and 1984 titles.
According to the New Jersey Milesplit venue performance list, Shute’s time broke the course record of 16:15 set by Haddonfield’s Derek Gess at the Colonial Conference All-Star Meet in 2018.
Rakitis ran 16:16 for second, junior Ryan Allen and senior Aidan Smith took 8th and 9th for the Dragons in 17:19 and 17:20. Senior Ethan Gray and junior Thomas Driscoll rounded out Kingsway’s top-5 in 12th and 19th.
Kingsway won a wild four-team battle with 49 points, with West Deptford second with 54, Clearview with 67 and Co-Op Gateway-Woodbury fourth with 68.
It was the closest four-team finish since 1994, when Clearview  edged Williamstown and Kingsway  by one point, with West Deptford fourth with 96.
Also in the top 10 were Clearview senior Anas Bensaoud [5th in 16:53], Gateway-Woodbury freshman Peyton Shute [6th in 16:57], Williamstown senior Josh Jackson [7th in 17:12] and Gateway-Woodbury sophomore Michael Torelli [10th in 17:29].