History repeats itself as Audubon boys win first sectional title in 42 years!!!!!

Last time Audubon won a sectional XC title was 1978, and the Green Wave’s first three runners went 2-4-7 on the way to a huge win in South Jersey Group 1.

Why is that relevant? Get this: On Saturday Audubon won its first sectional title since 1978 and their first three runners? Went 2-4-7.

In 1978, Ed Wickersham, Al Colburn and Lee Widman  finished 2-4-7 and the Green Wave won Group 1 by a 37-104 margin over Pitman over a 3-mile course at Pennsauken. 

Some 42 years later, senior Zachary Williams placed 2nd, senior Enrique Herrera 4th and sophomore Joseph Gaspari 7th as Audubon repeated that 2-4-7 finish. In 1978, Audubon’s fourth runner, Jeff Gross, was 10th. This time around, senior Jonathan Lapp did one spot better, taking ninth.

Audubon finished with a 34-65 margin of victory over Haddon Township, with Maple Shade taking third with 67 points.

Junior Tyler Wells was Audubon’s fifth finisher Saturday, taking 12th in 18:12. Also racing for the Green Wave were junior Aaryn Myers [16th in 18:50] and junior Clifford Gilmore [23rd in 19:27].

Until 2018, Audubon hadn’t placed in the top three at sectionals, but the 2018 team took 3rd and las years Audubon was 2nd.

Haddon Township finished in the top 3 for the 16th consecutive year.

4 thoughts on “History repeats itself as Audubon boys win first sectional title in 42 years!!!!!

  1. Bryan Overbeck November 17, 2020 / 5:00 pm

    Fascinating statistics on Audubon! Unlike all the other sectional coverage articles, this one failed to mention the overall winner, Luke Overbeck, a junior from Haddon Township. He ran away from the field by 30+ seconds. Incidentally, he finished 2nd to Brady Shute in the Colonial Conference All-Stars, handily beating all the Haddonfield runners and other Group 1 and 2 elites.


    • sjtcaweb November 17, 2020 / 5:08 pm

      That’s my fault, sorry. I was actually planning a separate piece on Luke, I just haven’t had a chance to do it yet. But I will as soon as I can! But either way I should have at least mentioned that he won. Thanks for the note!


      • Bryan Overbeck November 18, 2020 / 1:23 pm

        Like myself, there are many people that appreciate you drawing Deserved attention to a different breed of young athletes. You don’t have to kick a ball or make a tackle to exhibit toughness. Keep up the tremendous work.


      • sjtcaweb November 24, 2020 / 2:18 pm

        Thanks, Bryan! I really appreciate that! Hope to meet you at a meet one of these days!


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