Schalick’s Julia Smith wins 3rd straight SJ-1 race!!! Haddon Twp. girls take team title!

Schalick senior Julia Smith on Saturday joined some elite company, becoming only the second girl to win three straight South Jersey Group 1 sectional XC titles.

Smith ran 20:10 over 5,000 meters, finishing more than a minute ahead of the field at DREAM Park in Logan Township.

Smith ran 19:59 in 2018 and 19:40 in 2019 at Delsea to win her first two sectional titles.

The only other girl to win three straight in SJ-1 is Allyson Krayl of Point Pleasant Beach, who won four straight from 1999 through 2002.

Smith is the 15th girl to win at least three straight South Jersey sectional titles and the 13th from a South Jersey school.

Here’s a look at every repeat winner in South Jersey girls sectional XC history:

Four in a row
Erin Donohue [Haddonfield], Group 2 [1999, 2000], Group 1 [1997, 1998]
Allyson Krayl [Point Pleasant Beach], Group 1 [1999, 2000, 2001, 2002]
Vanessa Wright [Haddonfield], Group 2 [2002, 2003, 2004, 2005]
Marielle Hall [Haddonfield], Group 2 [2006, 2007, 2008, 2009]
Briana Gess [Haddonfield], Group 2 [2013, 2014, 2015, 2016]

Three in a row
Monique Purcell [Holy Spirit], Group 3 [1976, 1977, 1978]
Eva Marie Berardi [Williamstown], Group 2 [1977, 1978, 1979]
Mindy Rowand [Sterling], Group 3 [1983, 1984, 1985]
Liz Moore [Shawnee], Group 4 [1992, 1993, 1994]
Brittany McCann [Delsea], Group 3 [1999, 2000, 2001]
Brittany Sedberry [Ocean City], Group 3 [2002, 2003, 2004]
Danielle Tauro [Southern Reg.], Group 4 [2004, 2005, 2006]
Chelsea Ley [Kingsway], Group 3 [2007, 2008, 2009]
Alyssa Aldridge [Mainland Reg.], Group 3 [2015, 2016, 2017]
Julia Smith [Schalick], Group 1 [2018, 2019, 2020]

Two in a row
Renee DeFeo [Clayton], Group 1 [1976, 1977]
Michelle Rowan [Washington Twp.], Group 4 [1981, 1982]
Ruth Lockbaum [Glassboro], Group 1 [1984, 1985]
Mary Jo Dougherty [Ocan City], Group 3 [1986, 1987]
Mihele Owen [Clearview], Group 2 [1986, 1987]
Janet Rue [Pitman], Group 1 [1990, 1991]
Megan Hartman [Ocean City], Group 3 [1992, 1993]
Amy Beykirch [Pinelands Reg.], Group 2 [1995, 1996]
Alicia Pipkin [Haddon Twp.], Group 1 [2001, 2012]
Lindsey Ritchings [Point Pleasant Beach], Group 1 [2003, 2004]
Amanda Goetschius [Delsea], Group 3 [2005, 2006]
Jillian Smith [Southern Reg.], Group 4 [2007, 2008]
Megan Lacy [Cherokee], Group 4 [2010, 2011]
Danielle Leavitt [Lacey Twp.], Group 3 [2011, 2012]
Meghan Malloy [Haddonfield], Group 2 [2011, 2012]
Vicky Ajimoko [Williamstown], Group 4 [2012, 2013]
Isabella Turner [Shawnee], Group 4 [2017, 2018]

Schalick placed three runners in the top 10 and scored 43 points, finishing second to Haddon Township, which went 2-3-6-7-11 for 29 points and won its sixth sectional title in the last 14 years and seventh overall.

Smith also won sectional titles in the 1,600 and 3,200 at the state Group 1 track meet last spring, so she’s now a five-time South Jersey champion.

Smith’s 20:10 is fastest by a Group 1 girl in the three years the DREAM Park course has been in use.

For Haddon Township, junior Regan Shemeley ran 21:13 and sophomore Meghan Lax 22:23 for second and third place. Freshman Genieve Gentlesk and junior Kaelin Marshall ran 23:03 and 23:07 for 9th and 10th, and junior Ellie Sennhenn completed Township’s scoring group with a 16th place in 24:15.

Junior Mia LaMarra was Schalick’s second finisher, taking 5th in 22:23 after placing 8th as a sophomore.

Others in the top 10 included Pennsville junior Taylor Burchfield [4th in 22:23], Pitman senior Nicole Murphy [6th in 22:44], Audubon senior Greta Davis [7th in 22:50] and Cape May County Tech senior Lindsay Robbins [8th in 22:55].

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