Overall winner Seth Clevenger leads Haddonfield to Briarwood Challenge title!!!

Seth Clevenger was the overall winner and Haddonfield placed three runners in the top seven to win the team Challenge Boys team title Saturday at the Briarwood Invitational.

Clevenger covered the challenging 5,000-meter at Belmont Plateau in 16:41, winning by 225 meters over second-place Quinn O’Dell of Delaware Military Academy in Wilmington, Del., who ran 17:26.

There were more than 100 runners in the race.

It was the first XC invitational title for Clevenger, who did not run cross country last fall. As a sophomore, he placed 11th at Group 2 states and 48th in the Meet of Champions.

Clevenger’s time was third-fastest of the two boys races. Delsea’s Andrew Littlehales ran 16:12 and Drew Brill of LaSalle High in Springfield, Montgomery County, ran 16:29, both in the Championship Race.

Junior Ian Romea and senior Andrew Sullivan placed 5th and 7th for Haddonfield, Romea in 17:43 and Sullivan in 18:05. Sophomores Matt Sullivan [17th in 18:40] and soph Liam Dougherty [20th in 18:47] were the top 10th-graders in the race.

Haddonfield, ranked No. 5 in New Jersey, outscored second-place Holy Ghost Prep of Bensalem, Pa., 46-91, to win the team title. 

Also, Paul VI junior Joseph Wigginton placed 15th in 18:37.

In a team merge including both the Challenge and Championship races, Haddonfield placed fourth with 174 points, behind La Salle (44), Methcaton High of Eagleville, Worcester Township, Montgomery County (119) and Central Bucks West of Doylestown, Bucks County (169).

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