Another year, another monster performance by the Haddonfield distance team.
Seniors Sarah Naticchia, Lindsay Colflesh, Allison Colflesh, Olivia Stoner and Peyton Weiner – who all ran for Haddonfield’s top-ranked XC team this past fall – piled up 66 points just in individual events, and Haddonfield won its third straight South Jersey Group 2 sectional title (in a four-year span), 130-98, over Delsea.
The South Jersey championship was a state-record 20th for Haddonfield.
Here’s every school with 10 or more:
20 … Haddonfield [South Group 1 and 2]
17 … Columbia [North 2 Group 4]
17 … Metuchen [Central Group 1]
14 … Ridgewood [North 1 Group 4]
13 … New Providence [North 2 Group 1
13 … Winslow [South Groups 3 and 4]
11 … Hopewell Valley [Central Group 3]
10 … Paulsboro [South Group 1]
Since 1998, Haddonfield has won 15 of a possible 23 sectional titles.
Later this week, we’ll give you some stats on Haddonfield’s distance team that go back to the 1970s that are simply unbelievable.
But for now, let’s take a look at how coach Jason Russo’s team became the first in New Jersey with 20 sectional championships!
Naticchia repeated her 1,600-3,200 double of 2019, Allison Colflesh led a 1-2-3 sweep with her second straight sectional 800 win, Lindsay Colflesh recorded a second and a third, Stoner picked up a second and a fourth and Weiner placed in the 3,200 and ran legs on two winning relay teams.
Haddonfield scored 75 points in the four longer flat track races!
400-METER DASH: Lindsay Colflesh ran a PR 59.03 for second behind Pleasantville’s Maya Harper (57.84), and freshman Ava Peifer (PR 1:01.07) and sophomore Grave Malcarney (PR 1:02.00), both competing in their first sectional meet, also placed, finishing fifth and sixth, Malcarney doing it out of an unseeded heat: 11 points
800-METER RUN: Allison Colflesh, Stoner and Lindsay Colflesh swept the top three spots, all sub-2:16! Allison ran a personal-best 2:14.77, repeating her sectional title of 2019, Stoner ran a personal-best 2:15.25 for second and Lindsay Colflesh was third in 2:15.97: 24 points
1,600-METER RUN: Delsea’s Carly Nicholson spoiled the sweep with a lifetime-best 5:04.57 for second, but Naticchia ran 5:01.93 for the win, Allison Colflesh ran 5:05.27 for third and Stoner placed fourth in 5:07.74: 20 points
3,200-METER RUN: This time it was Collingswood senior Sophie Steidle spoiling the sweep with 11:19.53 for second, but Naticchia got the win in 11:01.62, soph Helene Usher was third in 11:37.81 and senior Payton Weiner fourth in 11:51.00. 20 points
But the middle-distance and distance team had plenty of help!
Senior Robin Rosen tied a PR with a 10-6 in the pole vault for second and cleared 5-0 and placed sixth in the high jump.
In the long jump, two freshmen and a sophomore placed, freshman Chloe Kamp going 15-8 1/2 for fourth, freshman Ava Peifer 15-6 1/2 for fifth and sophomore Franchesca Richards 15-4 1/2 for sixth.
Also, Junior Livsey Kegler ran a PR 15.94 in the high hurdles for second to Point Pleasant Boro’s Shea Burke, sophomore Grace Malcarney ran 1:08.77 for third in the 400 intermediates and freshman Fiona Mamas cleared 8-6 for sixth in the pole vault.
Haddonfield also scored 24 points in the relays, with wins in the 4-by-4 and 4-by-8 and a fourth in the 4-by-1.
Please correct us if these names are wrong, but the listed 4-by-4 runners are Malcarney, Lindsay Colflesh, Weiner and Stoner with a 4:04.00, with junior Jess Goode, soph Thea Spellmeyer, freshman Anne Earp and Weiner in the 4-by-8. Richards, Kegler, Kamp and Rosen ran 51.49 in the 4-by-1.
This is the sixth straight time Haddonfield has won the 4-by-8 and seventh time in the eight years it’s been contested.