Haddonfield packed its five scorers in a remarkable 17 seconds and placed fourth in the Holmdel Invitational, the unofficial 2020 Meet of Champions.
With the Meet of Champions cancelled this year, the Holmdel Invitational was created to gather the top teams in the state on the same championship course at Holmdel County Park where the M-of-C has been held since 1972.
And Haddonfield, ranked No. 5 in the state, finished a tremendous season in style, by averaging 16:52 over the hilly 5,000-meter Holmdel course and finishing behind only CBA, Ridge and North Hunterdon.
All five Bulldogs ran between 16:42 and 16:59, with sophomore George Andrus first across the line in 26th place. Junior Tobias Janssen, senior Caleb Clevenger, senior Sean Eisenhower and senior John Hurly crossed in an eight-second span, Janssen in 36th in 16:51, Clevenger 37th in 16:53, Eisenhower 39th in 16:55 and Hurly in 42nd in 16:59.
Sophomores Ian Romea and Robert DiMedo ran 17:56 and 18:08 for Haddonfield. In team scoring, Haddonfield went 17-24-25-26-29.
CBA won with 48 points, Ridge was second with 64, North Hunterdon third with 100 and Haddonfield fourth with 121, just ahead of Colts Neck at 125.
Cherry Hill East placed 8th with seniors Gabe Rodriguez [16:45], Aidan Eyre [17:06] and Justin Whitney [17:22], junior Dylan Hagan [17:36] and senior Aidan Groff [17:51] averaging 17:20. Sophomore Michael McCurdy [17:52] and junior Ethan Anderer [18:18] also raced for East.
More on the individual race soon, but tremendous performance by Woodbury-Gateway Co-Op senior Brady Shute, who was the top South Jersey finisher in 6th place in 16:09.