Delsea senior Andrew Littlehales recorded his second straight invitational win Saturday when he placed first in the Briarwood Invitational at Belmont Plateau.
Littlehales, who won the senior race at the Cherokee Challenge in 9:46 over 3,200 meters last weekend, ran 16:12 over 5,000 meters at Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park this Saturday.
Littlehales outraced junior Drew Brill of LaSalle College High School in Springfield Township. Montgomery County, by 85 meters. Brill was second in 16:29.
The 16:12 on a challenging Belmont Plateau layout is a 5,000-meter PR for Littlehales on any course. His previous 5,.000 PR was 16:13 as a sophomore at the Tri-County Showcase on a much faster course at Cumberland Regional in October of 2019.
Littlehales’ time equals the 5th-fastest ever by a New Jersey runner at Briarwood and is fastest since 2012, when Connor Herr of Shawnee ran 16:09 and his teammate Peter Murray ran 16:12. Herr’s 16:09 stands as the South Jersey record at Briarwood.
Littlehales ran in the so-called “Championship Race.” Haddonfield’s Seth Clevenger won the “Challenge Race” in 16:41 and led the Bulldogs to the team title. More on that race soon!