Cole Wassell became Highland’s first individual winner in nine years, and Haddonfield won its first team title in 42 years Saturday morning at the Camden County XC Championships.
Wassell ran 16:22, and Haddonfield packed five runners in 28 seconds at the Camden County meet at Timber Creek Park.
Wassell edged Triton junior Dennis Fortuna by 40 meters to become Highland’s first individual winner since Steve Maine won the 2011 race at Gloucester County College.
The 16:22 looks like a 5K all-course XC PR for Wassell, according to the MileSplit database.
For Haddonfield, junior Tobias Janssen took 4th to lead a close Haddonfield pack that all finished between 16:39 and 17:07.
Senior John Hurly was 7th in 16:46, senior Caleb Clevenger 8th in 16:47, sophomore George Andrus 10th in 16:53 and senior Sean Eisenhower 13th in 17:07.
The team title was Haddonfield’s first in the Camden County meet since 1978, when individual winner and Foot Locker finalist Jim Smith led Haddonfield to a 43-50 team victory over Eastern at Pennsauken.
Most years, Haddonfield does not send its varsity to the Camden County meet, instead using the Colonial Conference All-Star Meet as a final tune-up for sectionals, states and the Meet of Champions. But this year, there are no states or M-of-C.
Haddonfield finished with a 42-67 margin of victory over Cherry Hill East, with Haddonfield third at 82.
Fortuna took second in 16:30, the highest finish by a Triton runner since Robert Rawls won the 2010 meet.
Collingswood senior Josh Forrest ran 16:35 for third, and Audubon senior Zachary Williams was fifth in 16:43.
Williams’ finish was the best by a Audubon runner at the Camden County meet in 39 years, since Bob Douglas ran 15:33 for their at the 1981 meet at Camden County College.
Also in the top 10 were Highland senior Tom Raws [6th in 16:45] and Cherry Hill East senior Gabe Rodriguez [9th in 16:51].