Pennsauken’s Joel Oquendo takes 5th at Thompson Park in junior class race!!!

photo courtesy Phil Zimmerman,

Pennsauken junior Joel Oquendo placed fifth out of more than 100 runners Saturday in the junior class race at the Thompson Park Class Meet.

Oquendo ran 17:26 over the 5,000-meter course in Jamesburg. Blaik Slavinski of Point Pleasant Boro was the overall winner in 16:44.

Also in the top 20 was Northern Burlington’s Gavyn Messenger, who placed 16th in 18:08. Just outside the top 20 was Pennsauken’s Nouman Farhat, who ran 18:41 for 23rd.

Also, Northern’s Colin Brennan finished 13th in the freshman class race, covering the 2 1/2-mile course in 14:59.

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