Freshman Chase Miller from Cherokee, in his first collegiate race, and junior Jack Ennis of Shawnee finished 3rd and 5th overall and were The College of New Jersey’s top two finishers as the Lions won the New Jersey Athletic Conference XC championship by one point Saturday.
The team title is the 25th in the last 27 seasons for The college of New Jersey.
TCNJ edged host Stockton 29-30 on Stockton’s campus in Galloway Township. TCNJ went 3-5-6-7-8 and Stockton 1-2-4-11-12.
Miller covered the 8,000-meter course in 25:58 and Ennis ran 26:11.
Stockton, seeking its first conference title, got a 2nd-place finish from Triton graduate Daniel Do, who ran 25:54. Senior Stephen Conte of Paul VI ran 11th in 27:04 and sophomore Chris Shaw from Washington Township was 12th in 27:34. Chris Johnson of Wildwood Catholic was Stockton’s No. 6 runner.
Stockton’s Cooper Knorr from Manalapan High was the overall winner in 25:33. He’s Stockton’s second conference XC champ and first since Atlantic City High School graduate Abad Akhtar in 2010.
Junior Jason Hyland from Audubon was Rutgers-Camden’s first finisher, taking 13th place overall. Sophomore David Morrow of Williamstown was 14th.
Only four teams competed: TCNJ, Stockton, New Jersey City and Rutgers-Camden.