The Haddonfield and Cherry Hill East boys and Haddonfield and Cherokee girls cross country programs have all accepted invitations to the inaugural Holmdel Invitational, a non-NJSIAA-affiliated scaled-down replacement for the cancelled Meet of Champions.
Haddonfield swept the boys and girls sectional races in Group 2, Cherokee won the girls Group 4 race and the Cherry Hill East boys were second in Group 4.
The Haddonfield and Cherokee girls are ranked No. 1 and No. 9 in the state. The Haddonfield and Cherry Hill East boys are ranked No. 5 and No. 6 in the state. Those rankings were all before sectionals.
The Cherokee boys, who won South Jersey Group 4, declined an invitation because of injuries among their top seven.
Only 10 boys teams and 10 girls teams and about a dozen individuals will compete in the meet, scheduled for a week from Wednesday at legendary Holmdel County Park. The fields will be limited to about 85 runners per race.
The invitations were based on results of this past Saturday’s sectional meets, which were the final step of the NJSIAA season this fall with states and the M-of-C both eliminated.
The Holmdel Invitational will run on the same historic 5,000-meter course that has hosted the Meet of Champions since 1976.
Teams accept invitations must run as club teams not affiliated with their high schools, although only runners who participated for that school’s team this fall can compete.
The girls race is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. and the boys race at 3:30 p.m.
Spectators are not allowed.