Peyton Shute became the sixth runner – and second member of his family – to break 16 minutes on the DREAM Park 5,000-meter course Saturday when he won the Stud Race at the South Jersey Shootout in 15:58.
Shute, a Woodbury sophomore who runs for Woodbury-Gateway Co-Op, won by 250 meters over Rancocas Valley senior Andre Faigal, who placed second in 16:45.
Shute’s time breaks the sophomore class record of 16:15 at DREAM Park in Logan Township set last year by Haddonfield’s George Andrus at Group 2 sectionals.
Cherokee’s Ethan Wechsler set the course record of 15:12 at the 2019 Olympic Conference Championships, and Bishop Eustace’s Connor Melko ran 15:52 at the 2018 Olympic Conference meet. Peyton’s older brother, Brady Shute, ran 15:53, at the 2019 South Jersey Shootout, so he still holds the family record for now.
The other sub-16 runners at DREAM Park are Oliver Adler of Cherry Hill East, who ran 15:54 at the 2019 Olympic Conference meet, and Highland’s Cole Wassell, who ran 15:55 last year at the South Jersey Shootout.
The course has been in use since 2018.
Shute’s previous best time at DREAM Park was a 17:04 at last year’s Group 1 sectionals, when he placed 11th. That’s the No. 2 freshman time in course history, behind Conor Jacob’s 17:02 for Cherokee in 2019. Shute’s previous all-course PR for 5,000 meter was 16:34 last fall at Ocean County Park in Lakewood.
In addition to Shute and Faigal, Williamstown senior Nicholas Krol also ran sub-17 Saturday, taking third in the Stud Race in 16:51.
The South Jersey Shootout is scored out of three races – one for teams’ 5-6-7 runners, one for the 3-4 runners and one for the 1-2 runners.
We’ll have more later on the team race, but Haddon Township won the boys team title 27-29 over Williamstown.