Cinnaminson and Maple Shade both swept the top three spots on the way to commanding team titles Thursday at the BCSL Championships at New Egypt High School.
Juniors Alexander Boyko, Matt McCarron and Tyer Schill ran 1-2-3 for Cinnaminson in the Patriot Division race, and senior Ryan Olesky, junior Chad Cloke and senior Brennen King swept the top three places for Maple Shade in the Freedom Division.
Moorestown placed its five scorers in the top 11 to win the Liberty Division title by three points over Rancocas Valley.
First, let’s look at the Patriot Division meet.
Boyko ran 16:04 – a big lifetime best for any 5,000-meter course – to win his first XC invitational title and lead the way for Cinnaminson. His previous PR was 16:23 in the South Jersey Open at DREAM Park in Logan Township.
McCarron ran 16:23 and Schill 16:37 for the Pirates, and they were backed up by juniors Ryan Coceano and Dean Clark, who took 5th and 6th in 17:28 and 17:36. Sixth man Patrick Storti made it six Cinnaminson finishers – all juniors – among the top seven runners with a 17:44 for 7th place.
The conference title was the first since 2017 for Cinnaminson, which outscored Bordentown 17-58 and outscored the field 17-42.
Others in the top 10 were Delran senior Anthony Guarino [4th in 16:45], Bordentown sophomore Ajay Donthula [8th 17:46], Bordentown senior Matt Reiter [9th 17:49] and Bordentown junior Evan Cooper [10th 18:04].
Maple Shade was nearly as dominating as Cinnaminson, going 1-2-3-5-7 for 18 points and winning its fifth consecutive division title by an 18-41 margin over Palmyra.
Olesky won in 17:28, Cloke was 2nd in 17:44 and King ran 18:44 for third. Also scoring for the Wildcats were sophomore Aidan Cloke [5th 19:19] and Shane Smith [7th 19:45], and senior Conor Cloke backed them up in 9th in 20:18.
Also in the top 10 were Palmyra senior Dominic Belton [4th 18:53], Palmyra sophomore James Crean [6th 19:31], Palmyra sophomore Colin Broadbent [8th 20:03] and Westampton Tech junior Jeremy Henskens [10th 20:43].
Moorestown’s 36-39 win over Rancocas Valley was its first BCSL team title since it won the Liberty in 2016.
R.V. took the top two spots, with senior Andre Faigal and junior Ryan Smith running 15:57 and 16:18. Faigal’s 15:57 was fastest of the day and is No. 11 in course history and 2nd-fastest by an R.V. Red Devil, behind only Isaiah Curbelo’s 15:54 at the BCLS meet in 2015.
But Moorestown went 3-5-7-10-11-(13) to squeeze past R.V.
Junior William Inglis led the Quakers in third place in 16:36, with junior Colin Shand also under 17 minutes in 5th place in 16:59. Senior James Johnston ran 7th in 17:42, with sophomore Hari Bezwada and juniors Luke Labroli and Evan Schaffer placing 10th, 11th and 13th in 17:57, 18:14 and 18:23.
The rest of the top 10 looked like this: Pennsauken juniors Joel Oquendo [4th 16:42] and Pennsauken Nouman Farhat [6th 17:07], Northern Burlington junior Gavyn Messenger [8th 17:44] and R.V. senior Alex Pratt [9th 17:52].