Gavin Gallo, Cole Knoedler lead Highland to St. Dominic Invite team title, Vanessa Marinero wins girls race!!!!!

Juniors Gavin Gallo and Cole Knoedler placed 4th and 5th overall and the all-underclass Highland High School boys won the team title Saturday at the St. Dominic Academy Invitational.

Gallo ran 16:32 and Knoedler 16:35 over 5,000 meters at Lincoln Park in Jersey City for Highland, which edged St. Peter’s Prep 53-55 for the team title, with Rahway (60) and East Brunswick (73) making it four schools within 20 points.

Sophomore Aziz Muhammad-Kane ran 10th for Highland in 16:52, junior Jake Smith was 12th in 17:04 and junior Anthony Imperatore took 22nd in 17:32. They were backed up by junior Dylan Carles, who ran 17:58 for 29th.

Highland senior Vanessa Marinero won the girls race in 19:13 and senior teammate Princess Nwoga was third in 19:44

Highland freshman Mason Wassell won the boys freshman race, covering the 2.25-mile course in 11:07 and teammate Andrew Kellem was 13th in the freshman race in 13:10. Madison Goodman placed seventh in the girls freshman race in 14:15.

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