The Haddonfield and Kingsway girls will be racing at the inaugural East Coast Cross Country Championships at Holmdel next month.
The meet, designed to unofficially replace major inter-state meets like Nike Invitational and Foot Locker East Regionals, will feature some of the top teams from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Virginia and Maryland.
With the state meet program cancelled beyond sectionals, which were held this past Saturday, the Holmdel Invitational https://sjtrackblog.com/2020/11/17/four-south-jersey-xc-teams-will-get-to-race-at-holmdel/ next Wednesday and the East Coast Championships on Dec. 5 on the same course will give the top teams and individuals additional chances to race.
The boys field hasn’t been announced yet, but the girls field will feature some of South Jersey’s best runners.
The Haddonfield girls, ranked No. 1 in the state, are unbeaten this year and coming off a commanding win in the South Jersey Group 2 race. The Kingsway girls, ranked No. 10, were unable to compete at sectionals.
Also entered in the girls meet is sophomore Grace Wassell of Highland, who won her second straight South Jersey Group 3 XC title this past Saturday at DREAM Park in Logan Township.
Collingswood senior Sophie Steidle, who ran an 18:09.30 on the track in September, and was third in the Group 2 sectional race, will compete as part of the Garden State Athletic Club all-star team, which includes Camryn Wennersten of Ridgewood, the outdoor Meet of Champions 3,200 runner-up at 10:43.72, and junior Charlotte Bednar of the Lawrenceville School, who ranked 4th nationally last indoor season with a 10:22.64 for 3,200 meters and ran a U.S. No. 1 16:25.90 on the track last month.
Although all-star club teams such as GSAC are allowed to run and will be scored with the participating high school teams, they are not eligible for awards.