Josh Forrest finished off a monster distance double Saturday morning when he won the 3,200 at Group 2 states.
Forrest, who won the 1,600 Friday with a personal-best 4:15.61 at Franklin Township High School, came back and won the 3,200 in 9:20.49, once again kicking pass Madison’s Adam Angelone late in the race.
Angelone came through 2,800 meters in 8:17.37, Forrest at 8:17.59 and Jack Tavaglione of Voorhees a step back at 8:17.90.
But Forrest closed in 62.90 to hold off Angelone, who finished strong as well with a 63.83 final lap, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Forrest.
Adam Hunt won the discus for Collingswood in 2017 and 2018, but Forrest is the first Collingswood runner to win a state title since before 1980 and the first Collingswood boy to double at states since before 1980 as well (and probably ever).
Forrest, who will run next year for Buffalo, is the first South Jersey runner to double the 1,600 and 3,200 in any public school division in six years, since Luke Petela of Haddon Township won the Group 1 1,600 and 3,200 in 2015 and the first in Group 2 since Ben Potts of Haddonfield in 2011.
Angelone was second in 9:21.20 and Tavaglione ran 9:23.88 for third.
Delsea junior Andrew Littlehales ran a PR 9:27.05 for fourth, West Deptford junior Jacob Cobb clocked 9:30.72 for fifth and Haddonfield junior Tobias Janssen 9:32.07 for sixth.