Delsea’s Noah Deckert, a junior at St. Joe’s, placed 11th out of 159 runners Friday at the season-opening Lehigh Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa.
Deckert covered the 6K course at Lehigh’s Goodman Campus – site of the 1978, 1983 and 1993 NCAA Championships – in 18:12, which is 4:52.9 pace.
Sophomore teammate Aidan Groff of Cherry Hill East was 13 seconds back in 20th place with a time of 18:25, Lehigh senior Connor Melko from Mickleton and Bishop Eustace ran 18:36 for 24th, St. Joe’s junior Matthew Coffey from Pennsauken and Camden Catholic was 27th in 18:37 and Hawks sophomore Colton Johnson, a Southeastern Louisiana transfer from Mantua Township and Paul VI, was 29th in 18:40.
Billy Clewell, a Rutgers freshman from Camden Catholic, opened his collegiate career in 49th place in 19:03. He was the 10th freshman across the line.
Deckert, Groff, Coffey and Johnson were St. Joe’s No. 2, 4, 5 and 6 runners. Melko was Lehigh’s 5th man, and Clewell was Rutgers’ 5th finisher.
Villanova won the team title with a perfect 15 points, and Temple was 2nd  followed by St. Joe’s  and Lehigh .