Kingsway graduate Allie Pierontoni, a freshman at Monmouth, had a terrific collegiate debut Saturday.
Pierontoni won a five-team cross country invitational over a muddy, slushy course in Montgomery, N.Y., in Orange County, about 50 miles north of the New Jersey border.
Pierontoni ran 18:22 and finished first in a field of 56 runners. A story on Monmouth University’s web site doesn’t say how long the course was but presumably it was 5,000 meters. The story also doesn’t say where in Montgomery, N.Y., the race was held.
This was Pierontoni’s first race since the 2020 indoor Meet of Champions at Ocean Breeze last March 8, where she placed 5th in the 3,200 in 10:52.53 for Kingsway. Full results of the women’s race aren’t available.
In the men’s race, there were three South Jersey graduates in the top 10.
Rider junior Ben Woodward, a graduate of Highland, ran 26:21.3 for 5th place; Monmouth freshman Sebastien Reed, a Pitman graduate, ran 26:31.2 for 8th in his first college race; and Camden Catholic graduate Richie Castaneda, a Rider sophomore, was 10th in 26:40.4.
How muddy was the course? Castaneda checked in on Twitter!