Haddonfield placed all five scorers in the top 10 and won its 17th straight South Jersey Group 2 XC title Saturday at DREAM Park.
Think about that for a second.
Seventeen in a row.
This is the 45th consecutive year — nearly half a century – that Haddonfield has placed in the top five at sectionals, meaning it would have been the 45th consecutive year that the Bulldogs advanced to states, if there were a state meet this fall.
The last time Haddonfield didn’t finish in the top 5 was 1974, when they were 9th.
Despite losing its top three runners to graduation, Haddonfield went 3-5-6-7-10 for 31 points, winning by 70 points over second-place Haddon Heights.
Brady Shute of Co-Op Gateway/Woodbury [16:02] and Collingswood’s Josh Forrest [16:11] ran 1-2, but sophomore George Andrus [3rd in 16:15], junior Tobias Janssen [5th in 16:26], senior Caleb Clevenger [6th in 16:34], senior John Hurly [7th in 16:36] and senior Sean Eisenhower [10th in 16:58] packed in 52 seconds for Haddonfield with a 16:34 average – No. 5 in course history.
Haddonfield has won 40 sectional titles in all, the most of any program in the state. Since 1999, Haddonfield has won 21 of 22 in Group 2, with the only loss coming in 2003, when they were second to Jon Anderson and Cinnaminson.
Haddonfield also won Group 2 in 1995 and 1996 and Group 1 from 1997 through 1996, so that’s 24 titles in the last 25 years.
The last time Haddonfield didn’t finish first or second was 1994, when they were 3rd in Group 2 behind Pinelands and Haddon Township.
The Bulldogs have finished in the top three 39 consecutive years dating back to a 4th-place finish in Group 2 in 1981 behind Clearview, Moorestown and Delran.
Haddonfield’s streak of 17 consecutive sectional titles is the longest in state history. Ridgewood’s current streak of 11 straight going into today is the next-longest streak in history state-wide. The second-longest streak ever by a South Jersey school is eight straight by Haddon Township from 2008 through 2015 in Group 1.