Alex Boyko leads deep Cinnaminson sophomore class in batch win triumph!!!

Soph Alex Boyko ran an all-course PR of 17:18 to lead Cinnaminson to a team win in a four-time Burlington County Scholastic League  batch meet on his home course.

Boyko obliterated his previous 5K PR for any course of 18:27, set last October at the BCSL Patriot Division meet at New Egypt.

Boyko won by about 100 meters over Burlington Township senior Aydan Sherman, who ran 17:38.

Cinnaminson went 1-3-5-9-13 and outscored second-place Maple Shade 31-47.

Cinnaminson’s top three runners were sophomores. Matt McCarron was third in 17:38 and Tyler Schill was fifth in 17:49. All three times are PRs. Schill didn’t break 19:30 as a freshman last year.

Senior Sergey Boyko took 9th for the Pirates and another soph, Dean Clark, was 13th.

Also under 18 minutes were Delran senior Riley Maher [4th in 17:47] and Maple Shade junior Ryan Olesky [6th in 17:57]. Rounding out the top 10 were Delran junior Anthony Guarino in 7th, Maple Shade sophomore Chad Cloke in 8th and Maple Shade junior Brennen King in 10th.

Led by John Ruona, Shawnee sweeps top three spots in Olympic Conference batch meet!!!

Shawnee swept the first three spots in a five-team Olympic Conference batch meet Saturday, with senior John Ruona running a 5,000-meter all-course PR.

Ruona, senior Robert Birdsall and junior Alex Campagna took the top three spots, and Ruona’s 16:18 is his fastest 5K ever. Birdsall was 2nd in 17:05 and Campagna 3rd in 17:11.

Team scoring wasn’t kept, but Shawnee went 1-2-3-6-7 for what would have been 19 points. Sophomore Ryan Czechowski and freshman Ryan Kaczur were Shawnee’s 4th and 5th runners in 17:49 and 17:51.

Also in the top 10 at DREAM Park in Logan Township were Bishop Eustace junior Anthony Faust [4th in 17:25], Eastern junior Andrew Shinkle [5th in 17:41], Bishop Eustace junior Ryan Carney [8th in 18:03] and two Paul VI sophomores – Joseph Wigginton [9th in 18:24] and Owen King [10th in 18:30].

Ruona moved into the No. 11 spot on the all-time DREAM Park course, which has been in use for three years now. He ran 16:38 on the same course earlier this month. His time is 3rd-fastest this year at DREAM Park, behind Cherokee senior Nico Grilli [16:01] and Cherry Hill East senior Aidan Groff [16:17].

Kaczur’s time is No. 6 all-time by a freshman on the DREAM Park course and second-fastest this year, behind Nick Kuenkel of Cherokee, who ran 17:34 last week.

Kevin Antczak drops a huge 8,000 PR for N.C. State in 2nd college race!!!

In his second college race, Mainland Regional graduate Kevin Antczak took nearly a minute and a half off his 8,000-meter time for North Carolina State.

Antczak, a Wolfpack freshman, ran 24:23 over 8,000 meters at the Wolfpack Invitational at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.,, just outside Raleigh.

In his collegiate debut last month, Antczak ran 25:48 at a meet at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and was N.C. State’s No. 7 runner.

This time, he was N.C. State’s No. 6 runner and missed the top 5 by one second.

Virginia edged N.C. State 28-31 to win the team title.

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The Wolfpack’s top runner, senior J.P. Flavin, is a graduate of Toms River North, where he had a PR of 9:27.30 for 3,200 meters. He placed second in 23:35, three seconds behind Virginia’s Rohann Asfaw.

Antczak was hurt most of the indoor season last year and all of outdoors, so this is really the first time he’s run healthy since last XC season, when he placed second in the Meet of Champions with a 15:29 at Holmdel – No. 14 in course history – and then took 8th at Foot Locker Nationals, the best performance by a South Jersey boy at Foot Locker in 31 years.

What a performance by the Haddonfield freshmen girls at the Cougar Invitational!!!

Haddonfield’s Anne Earp, Sarah Fetter and Ava Thomas swept the top three spots in the freshman girls race at the Cougar Invitational Saturday.

Earp ran 12:07, Fetter 12:42 and Thomas 12:46 over the 3,200-meter course at Buck Mill Park in Colts Neck.

Earp’s time would have been good enough to place 19th out of 58 runners in the freshman boys race.

And in a race featuring the top programs in the state, nobody finished within 10 seconds of that Haddonfield trio.

All three were running their second career high school XC race.

Haddonfield outscored Summit, 18-37, to win the team title. Riley Slootsky also ran under 13 minutes for Haddonfield, taking 5th in 12:59, and Clementine Thayer was Haddonfield’s fifth runner, in 13th place overall.


Haddonfield’s Andrus, C.H. East’s Rodriguez flying at Cougar Invite!!!!!

Haddonfield sophomore George Andrus and Cheer Hill East senior Gabe Rodriguez mixed it up with some of the fastest runners in the state and the results were impressive Saturday at the Cougar Invite.

Andrus placed 6th in 16:02 and Rodriguez was 7th in 16:05 over 5,000 meters at Buck Mill Park in Colts Neck.

Colts Neck senior Matt Bogdan won in 15:24 and junior Jackson Barna of Ridge was second in 15:25. Full results here.

Andrus’s time is No. 2 in course history by a sophomore behind only the legendary Craig Forys of Colts Neck, who ran 15:28 at the 2004 Cougar Invitational. 

Junior Tobias Janssen and senior Caleb Clevenger finished 16th and 17th, both in 16:30, for Haddonfield, and senior Sean Eisenhower also dipped under 17 minutes in 16:52.

Cherry Hill East had three of the top 14 finishes with Rodriguez 7th, senior Aidan Groff 11th in 16:10 and senior Aidan Eyre 14th in 16:21. Junior Dylan Hagan and senior Justin Whitney ran 16:57 and 16:58.

No. 1 CBA won the team title 70-89 over Ridge, followed by No. 9 Westfield [92] and No. 7 Colts Neck [97], with No. 4 Cherry Hill East [103] and No. 17 Haddonfield [107] taking 5th and 6th in the loaded field.

Shawnee’s Kate Ruona runs all-time #3 time at DREAM Park!!!

Sophomore Kate Ruona ran the No. 3 time at DREAM Park Saturday morning in a six-team Olympic Conference batch meet.

Ruota torched the 5,000-meter course in Logan Township, Gloucester County, in 18:29, a personal-best on that course. The only faster girls at DREAM Park are recorded by Ruona’s former teammate, Isabella Turner, who ran 17:52 at the 2018 South Jersey Shootout, and Cherokee’ Kate Rathman, who ran 18:22 at the 2018 Olympic Conference Championships.

No team scoring was kept, but Shawnee had five in the top 13 and unofficially would have finished with a close 45-53 decision over Eastern, with Paul VI a close third with 66 points.

Ruona won by over a minute and a half over Paul VI freshman Shaelan McNally, who was second in 20:00. Also under 21 minutes were sophomores Arianna Cane [20:50] and Elena Cicchini [20:53] of Eustace and Eastern junior Lauren Kenselaar [20:54]

The rest of Shawnee’s pack consisted of junior Kyra Birdsall [9th in 21:37], junior Madison Koveloski [10th in 21:43], senior Ashley Olson [12th in 21:49] and junior Madelyn Valasek [13th in 21:15].

Also in the top 10 were Eastern senior Morgan Bromley [6th in 21:04], Paul VI senior Katie Sparks [7th in 21:24] and Eustace freshman Carly Troy [8th in 21:30].

6th runner Jess Goode clinches Cougar Invite team title for Haddonfield girls!!!!!

Congrats to Jess Goode, who clinched the Cougar Invite Team Challenge team title Saturday morning for the Haddonfield girls!

When the first five runner had crossed the line, No. 8 Haddonfield and No. 3 Middletown South were tied with 54 points.

But Goode, a junior, finished in 24th, nearly a minute ahead Middletown South’s 6th runner, and Haddonfield had a huge team championship thanks to the 6th-runner tiebreaker.

For Haddonfield, senior Sarah Naticchia placed second in 18:18, No. 3 in course history.

Senior Allison Colflesh ran 4th in 18:29, senior Payton Weiner 7th in 18:57, sophomore Sabrina Miller 20th in 19:46 and senior Lindsay Colflesh 21st in 19:47.

Middletown South went 8-9-10-11-16.

Goode ran 19:51 on the Buck Mill Park 5,000-meter course in Colts Neck.

Colts Neck’s Lilly Shapiro was first across the line with a course-record 18:07.

The previous course record was 18:17 by Jillian Prentice of Montgomery at the 2009 New Balance Shore Cougar Invitational. The fastest previous time by a South Jersey runner on the 5,000-meter course was 18:42 by Lenape’s Caitlin Orr in the same meet.

Haddonfield entered the meet ranked No. 8 in the state but beat No. 3 Middletown South, No. 6 Colts Neck and No. 7 Westfield.

Westfield was third with 77 points and Colts Neck fourth with 83, so that’s four of the top teams in the state finishing within 30 points of one another.

Cherry Hill East sophomore Alexis Tepper finished 13th in 19:32 and senior MaryKathleen McCurdy 25th,, and East placed 6th in team scoring.

(Thanks to track legend Jim Lambert of N.J. Milesplit for texting me screen shots of the results!)

Naticchia leads Haddonfield girls to wild tiebreaker win over #3 Middletown South!!!!!

The Haddonfield girls toppled the state’s No. 3-ranked team Saturday morning on their way to the team title in the Cougar Invite Team Challenge at Bucks Mill Park in Colts Neck.

No. 8 Haddonfield and No. 3 Middletown South both finished with 54 points, but Haddonfield won the team title on the 6th-runner tiebreaker. 

Full results aren’t available yet because the timing company’s web site is down, but we’ll post them as soon as we get them.

We do know Colts Neck’s Lilly Shapiro was first across the line with a course-record 18:07, and Haddonfield senior Sarah Naticchia took second in 18:18, No. 3 in course history.

The previous course record was 18:17 by Jillian Prentice of Montgomery at the 2009 New Balance Shore Cougar Invitational. The fastest previous time by a South Jersey runner on the 5,000-meter course was 18:42 by Lenape’s Caitlin Orr in the same meet.

Haddonfield entered the meet ranked No. 8 in the state but beat No. 3 Middletown South, No. 6 Colts Neck and No. 7 Westfield.

Cherokee girls place 7 in top 10 at Olympic Conference batch meet!!!

The Cherokee girls put five finishers in the top seven Saturday morning in a six-team Olympic Conference batch meet at DREAM Park in Logan Township.

Junior Nicole Clifford finished just ahead of Washington Township senior Maura Keane for the individual win.

Clifford, sophomore Kelsey Niglio, freshmen Kerry O’Day and Alaina Bromley and junior Noelle Falzone went 1-3-4-5-7 for what would have been 20 points in the non-scoring meet.

Clifford ran 20:03, Niglio 20:31, O’Day 20:32, Bromley 21:13 and Falzone 21:27. Freshmen Olivia Parkinson and Allison Rathman both ran 21:43 and made it seven Cherokee girls in the top 10.

Others in the top 10 were Camden Catholic soph Casey Bednarek, 6th in 21:27, and Washington Township sophomore Allyson Wernik, 8th in 21:31.

Nico Grilli runs all-time #5 time at DREAM Park for Cherokee in Olympic Conference batch meet!!!

Cherokee senior Nico Grilli ran a personal best 16:01 on the DREAM Park course and was he first finisher in the seven-team Olympic Conference batch meet by over 100 meters Saturday morning.

Grilli’s previous PR on the Logan Township 5,000-meter course was 16:09 last October at the Olympic Conference Championships.

His 16:01 ties him for No. 5 performer in the three years the course has been used for major competitions.

Junior Billy Clewell of Camden Catholic, a first-year XC runner, placed second in 16:24.

Although team scoring wasn’t kept, Cherokee would have edged Washington Township 35-37 if it was.

Cherokee went 1-3-7-10-14, and Township went 4-5-8-9-11-13.

Cherokee also had senior Brett Shea [3rd in 16:28], sophomore Conor Jacob [7th in 16:52] and senior Dylan Odud [10th in 17:01] in the top 10.

Washington Township was led by seniors Cole Kolodziej [4th in 16:28] and Julian Lawson [6th in 16:29], with senior Mason Brewster [8th in 16:55] and junior Chris Colavita [9th in 16:59] also in the top 10.

Lenape sophomore Jake Buniva finished 6th in 16:50.