A Gloucester County all-star team led by Woodbury senior Brady Shute won the boys team title at the East Coast Cross Country Championships Saturday at Holmdel.
The team of Shute, Clearview senior Anas Bensaoud, senior Zach Rhoda and junior Jake Cobb of West Deptford and Woodbury freshman Peyton Shute averaged 17:02 through water-logged Holmdel County Park and edged a North Hunterdon team by three points.
Shute ran 16:18 and placed 10th overall in the Gold seeded race, finishing the year undefeated against South Jersey runners.
Bensaoud, finally rounding into shape after missing nearly two months of training with a stress fracture, ran 16:55, and the West Deptford duo ran 16:58 and 17:20. The younger Shute, in his first race ever at Holmdel, ran 17:35.
Bensaoud and Rhoda actually ran 1-2 in the Navy race, with Peyton Shute 12th. Bensaoud and Rhoda were the only fnishers under 17 minutes in that race and no doubt would have run faster had they been placed in the faster Gold race. Brady Shute and Cobb ran in the Gold race.
Although updated New Jersey COVID rules forced meet organizers to replace several out-of-state schools, runners from New Jersey and four other states were able to race in the season-ending invitational, held in cold, rainy, windy conditions.
The Gloucester County all-stars, competing under the name Rio Dam Track Club, outscored North Hunterdon 81-84, with Valley Project, representing Ridge High, third at 89 and Limitless, a Connecticut all-star team, fourth with 98 points.
Highland senior Cole Wassell and Collingswood senior Josh Forrest, both running unattatched, ran 16:44 and 16:46, placing 19th and 22nd in the Gold race.
Cherry Hill East also competed, led by senior Gabe Rodriguez, who ran 17:09, and sophomore Michael McCurdy, who ran 17:46, a Holmdel PR.