HOLY PACK RUNNING!!!! Ocean City boys pack 5 scorers in 15 seconds in coasting to another SJ-3 championship!!!!!

The Ocean City boys put on a ridiculous display of pack running Saturday, not only gapping 15 seconds between their five scorers but placing their top six within 18 seconds and getting all seven runners across the line in the span of 25 seconds.

That’s a very difficult formula to beat, and Ocean City cruised to a 25-96 win over Highland in the South Jersey Group 3 race at Delsea for the Red Raiders’ second win in a row and seventh since 2004.

This is the 20th consecutive year Ocean City will advance to states. The Red Raiders placed 9th in S.J. 3 in 1999 and have been in the top five every year since.

Senior Luke Kramer, sophomore Owen Ritti, junior Brendan Schlatter, senior Max Kelly and senior Anthony Conte all ran between 16:26 and 16:41, and they were backed up by senior Mike Farley and junior Cameron DiTroia, who made it seven finishers in 25 seconds!!!

Really, the best way to get an idea of how well Ocean City ran is just to look at the results:

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Ocean City’s 25 points is third-lowest ever in South Jersey Group 3. Here’s a look at every school that’s score under 30 points in South Jersey sectional history:

16 … Haddonfield, 2008 [Group 2]
17 … Haddon Twp., 1971 [Group 2]
20 … Pennsville, 2006 [Group 1]
20 … Haddonfield, 2010 [Group 2]
20 … Haddonfield, 2018 [Group 2
21 … Haddonfield, 2009 [Group 2]
21 … Haddon Township, 2011 [Group 1]
23 … Ocean City, 2018 [Group 3]
23 … Highland, 1989 [Group 3]
23 … Haddonfield, 2013 [Group 2]
23 … Haddonfield, 2017 [Group 2]
23 … Haddonfield, 2019 [Group 2]
25 … Mainland Reg., 2003 [Group 4]
25 … Ocean City, 2019 [Group 3]
26 … Clearview, 1965 [Group 2]
26 … Burlington Twp., 1966 [Group 1]
26 … Haddonfield, 2014 [Group 2]
26 … Kingsway, 2017 [Group 4]
27 … Burlington Twp., 1967 [Group 1]
27 … Overbrook, 1968 [Group 2]
27 … Haddon Twp., 1988 [Group 1]
27 … Highland, 1988 [Group 3]
27 … Haddonfield, 2001 [Group 2]
27 … Haddonfield, 2015 [Group 2]
28 … Haddon Twp., 2014 [Group 1]
29 … Burlington Twp., 1968 [Group 1]
29 … Williamstown, 1971 [Group 1]
29 … Cinnaminson, 2003 [Group 2]

Interesting to note that Haddonfield and Ocean City are the only schools in South Jersey sectional history to record winning point totals of 25 in back-to-back years.

 

EHT’s Olivia Shafer moves into all-time Delsea top-20 with blazing win in SJ-4 race!!!!!

Egg Harbor Township senior Olivia Shafer ran the fastest time of the day at Delsea Saturday, winning the South Jersey Group 4 race in 18:08 at sectionals.

Shafer’s previous PR at Delsea was 19:13 at 2017 sectionals, so she lowered that by 65 seconds. She hasn’t run at the South Jersey Open.

The fastest previous EHT runner at Delsea was Abigail Shafer, who ran 18:55 at 2011 sectionals and is Olivia Shafer’s older sister.

Shafer’s time makes her the No. 19 performer ever and No. 13 from South Jersey on Delsea’s 5,000-meter course, which has been used for sectionals and the South Jersey Open since 2002.

She’s also No. 2 performer from Atlantic County girl at Delsea. Alyssa Aldridge ran 17:41 in 2016 and 17:52 in 2015.

The full Delsea merge is here, but the Group 4 race produced all three sub-18:20 times Saturday, with Shafer leading Cherokee senior Kate Rathman [18:13] and Shawnee freshman Kate Ruona [18:14] across the line.

State-wide, the only girls to run faster than Shafer at the four sectional sites were Chloe Gonzalez of North Hunterdon, the Meet of Champions 1,600 champ last spring, who ran 17:37 at Greystone Park in Morris Plains in the North 2 Group 4 race; and Manon Stephen of Ridge, who ran 18:04 in the same race.

Delsea is a faster course than Greystone Park, but it’s still pretty good company going into states next week at Holmdel.

Shafer is Egg Harbor’s first sectional state champion.

EHT’s best previous finisher at sectionals was Abby Shafer, who was 4th in the 2012 race in 19:21.

Let’s take a look at some lists!

Here’s the all-time Delsea performers list, with the fastest times by all runners who’ve gone 18:15 or faster. For the full list of all sub-19 times – including multiple times by individuals – click here.

17:22 … Chelsea Ley [Kingsway], 2009 SJO-3 [1st]
17:22 … Megan Venables [Highland], 2010 SJ-3 [1st]
17:35 … Megan Lacy [Cherokee], 2010 SJ-4 [1st]
17:41 … Alyssa Aldridge [Mainland Reg.], 2016 SJ-3 [1st]
17:46 … Marielle Hall [Haddonfield], 2009 SJO-1 [1st]
17:47 … Jillian Kelly [Montgomery Twp.], 2012 CJ-4 [1st]
17:50 … Danielle Tauro [Southern Reg.], 2006 SJ-4 [1st]
17:50 … Kelly Jankowicz [Hillsborough], 2012 CJ-4 [2nd]
17:55 … Brittany Sedberry [Ocean City], 2003 SJ-3 [1st]
17:57 … Grace Dwyer [Hamilton North], 2012 CJ-3 [1st]
17:57 … Briana Gess [Haddonfield], 2015 SJ-2 [1st]
17:59 … Jill Smith [Southern Reg.], 2007 SJ-4 [1st]
18:00 … Vanessa Wright [Haddonfield], 2004 SJ-2 [1st]
18:00 … Devon Grisbaum [Ocean City], 2014 SJ-3 [1st]
18:01 … Niamh Hayes [Howell], 2015 SJ-4 [1st]
18:03 … Isabella Turner [Shawnee], 2018 SJO-3 [1st]
18:05 … Holly Bishof [Bishop Eustace], 2010 KoC [1st]
18:05 … Sarah Pierce [Cherry Hill East], 2016 SJ-4 [1st]
18:08 … Olivia Shafer [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2019 SJ-4 [1st]
18:10 … Arianna McKinney [Highland], 2004 SJ-3 [2nd]
18:10 … Theresa Cattuna [Cherry Hill East], 2006 SJ-4 [2nd]
18:13 … Angela Weeks [Cherokee], 2004 SJO [1st]
18:13 … Kate Rathman [Cherokee], 2019 SJ-4 [2nd]
18:14 … Kate Ruona [Shawnee], 2019 SJ-4 [3rd]

And let’s take a look at all the sub-19 performances from Atlantic County runners on the Delsea course:

17:41 … Alyssa Aldridge [Mainland Reg.], 2016 SJ-3 [1st]
17:52 … Alyssa Aldridge [Mainland Reg.], 2015 SJ-3 [1st]
18:08 … Olivia Shafer [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2019 SJ-4 [1st]
18:13 … Alyssa Aldridge [Mainland Reg.], 2017 SJ-3 [1st]
18:23 … Alyssa Aldridge [Mainland Reg.], 2014 SJO-3 [1st]
18:40 … Kelly Bainbridge [Holy Spirit], 2004 SJO-3 [2nd]
18:48 … Christin Bettis [Hammonton], 2011 SJO-2 [1st]
18:48 … Alyssa Aldridge [Mainland Reg.], 2014 SJ-3 [2nd]
18:49 … Emily Casey [Holy Spirit], 2009 SJO-2 [1st]
18:55 … Abigail Shafer [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2011 SJ-4 [6th]
18:59 … Andrea Campbell [Mainland Reg.], 2003 SJ-4 [3rd]
18:59 … Emily Casey [Holy Spirit], 2010 KoC [2nd]

 

Riddell, Gostovich tear up Delsea course as Haddonfield wins 16th straight SJ-2 title, advances to states for 44TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Led by seniors Martin Riddell and Andrew Gostovich, the Haddonfield boys won their 16th consecutive sectional title Saturday, and the Bulldogs did it in record-setting fashion.

Riddell ran 15:33 and Gostovich 15:50 in a 1-2 finish, senior Stephen Kasko was 5th in 16:06 and soph Seth Clevenger 6th in 16:06, giving the Bulldogs four across the line before anybody else had two in. Junior Calev Clevenger ran 16:22 for 9th.

Haddonfield outscored Delsea 23-58 and averaged 16:00 on the 5,000-meter Delsea course, third-fastest in course history and fastest ever by a school outside Group 4.

This will be Haddonfield’s 44th consecutive year racing at states.

Haddonfield has won 39 sectional titles in all, the most of any program in the state. Since 1999, Haddonfield has won 20 of 21 in Group 2, with the only loss coming in 2003, when a Jon Anderson-led Cinnaminson team won 29-46.

Haddonfield also won Group 2 in 1995 and 1996 and Group 1 from 1997 through 1996, so that’s 24 titles in the last 25 years.

The last time Haddonfield didn’t finish first or second was 1994, when they were 3rd in Group 2 behind Pinelands and Haddon Township.

They’ve finished in the top three 38 consecutive years dating back to a 4th-place finish in Group 2 in 1981 behind Clearview, Moorestown and Delran. And they’ve advanced to states 45 straight years since 1975. In 1974 they were 9th at sectionals.

Haddonfield’s streak of 16 consecutive sectional titles is the longest in state history. Ridgewood’s current streak of 10 straight is the next-longest streak in history state-wide. The second-longest streak ever by a South Jersey school is eight straight by Haddon Township from 2008 through 2015 in Group 1.

Haddonfield’s 16:00 average breaks the course record of 16:08 for Group 2 set by Haddonfield in 2009. Haddonfield now owns the six-fastest course averages ever recorded at Delsea in Group 2 and six of the 18 total sub-16:20 averages in course history.

Delsea’s current 5,000-meter layout has been used since for sectionals, the South Jersey Open and the Knights of Columbus Meet (now the Robert Kiessling Invitational) since 2002.

Here’s a look at the fastest course averages ever run at Delsea:

15:49 … Mainland Regional, 2003, Group 4 [1st]
15:59 … Kingsway, 2017, Group 4 [1st]
16:00 … Haddonfield, 2019, Group 2 [1st]
16:02 … Cherokee, 2019, Group 4 [1st]
16:04 … Cherry Hill East, 2014, Group 4 [1st]
16:08 … Haddonfield, 2009, Group 2 [1st]
16:09 … Toms River North, 2003, Group 4 [2nd]
16:09 … Cherokee, 2016, Group 4 [1st]
16:09 … Haddonfield, 2017, Group 2 [1st]
16:13 … Haddonfield, 2018, Group 2 [1st]
16:16 … Cherry Hill East, 2015, Group 4 [1st]
16:18 … Mainland Regional, 2002, Group 4 [1st]
16:18 … Haddonfield, 2013, Group 2 [1st]
16:18 … Kingsway, 2014, Group 4 [2nd]
16:19 … Kingsway, 2014, SJO-3 [1st]
16:19 … Haddonfield, 2014, Group 2 [1st]
16:19 … Cherokee, 2015, SJO-3 [1st]
16:19 … Cherry Hill East, 2019, SJ-4 [2nd]
16:20 … Toms River North, 2004, Group 4 [1st]
16:20 … Cherokee, 2017, Group 4 [2nd]

Riddell’s 15:33 is 16th-fastest in course history and makes him third-fastest in Haddonfield history at Delsea, behind Jon Vitez [16:23 in 2009] and Chris Platt [15:24 in 2002] as well as third-fastest ever in a Group 2 race.

Riddell ran 15:49 at Delsea last year. Gostovich becomes the 11th Haddonfield runner under 16 minutes at Delsea. Here’s a look at that list:

15:23 … Jon Vitez [Haddonfield] 2009 SJ-2 [1st]
15:24 … Chris Platt [Haddonfield], 2002 SJ-2 [1st]
15:33 … Martin Riddell [Haddonfield], 2019 SJ-2 [1st]
15:41 … Greg Halla [Haddonfield] 2012 SJ-2 [2nd]
15:49 … Martin Riddell [Haddonfield] 2017 SJ-2 [1st]
15:50 … Greg Pelose [Haddonfield] 2015 SJ-2 [1st]
15:50 … Andrew Gostovich [Haddonfield], 2019 SJ-2 [2nd]
15:54 … Ben Potts [Haddonfield] 2010 SJ-2 [1st]
15:54 … Derek Gess [Haddonfield] 2016 SJ-2 [3rd]
15:58 … Greg Eisenhower [Haddonfield] 2017 SJ-2 [2nd]
15:59 … Matt Nussbaum [Haddonfield] 2010 SJ-2 [2nd]

It wasn’t all Haddonfield.

Brady Shute of Woodbury-Gateway Co-Op had a terrific race, becoming the first runner from Woodbury or Gateway to break 16 minutes at Delsea and placing third, and Delsea senior Noah Deckert also broke up the Haddonfield pack, taking fourth in 16:05, an all-course 5,000 PR for him.

Others in the top 10 included Delsea junior Raja Brooks [7th in 16:20], Collingswood junior Josh Forrest [8th in 16:22] and Delsea junior Dawson Baptiste [10th in 16:30.

 

Cinnaminson’s Austin Gabay races to first sectional title at Central Jersey Group 2 race!!!

Cinnaminson senior Austin Gabay won his first career sectional title in track or cross country Saturday, running away from the field at the Central Jersey Group 2 race at Thompson Park in Jamesburg.

He’s Cinnaminson’s ninth sectional XC champ but the first in Central Jersey and the first in 13 years. He’s also the first South Jersey runner ever to win a Central Jersey XC title in any group.

Gabay ran 16:13 over 5,000 meters, winning by 35 meters over Voorhees senior Dylan Fritz.

Gabay had been second at sectionals three times in track and cross country but had never previously won a sectional title. He was 3rd at the Central Jersey Group 2 meet last year.

Previous Cinnaminson sectional winners are Gary Noa [1971], Chris Lopez [1989], John Keevey [1990], Matt Feeley [1993], Bill Mason [1998], Jon Anderson [2003], Steve Grabowski [2005] and Brian Tetreault [2006].

The rest of Cinnaminson’s lineup included five freshmen and a sophomore.

Boys and girls South Jersey sectional XC individual and team merges are here!!!!!

The fastest girl and fastest boy from Saturday’s various South Jersey sectional races both come from Atlantic County.

The fastest teams Saturday are two of the most successful programs in South Jersey history.

Check out how everybody stacks up against everybody else in the official South Jersey sectional merges, courtesy of Cal and everybody at Tomahawk Timing!

Boys Merge

Girls Merge

Naticchia, Colflesh lead Haddonfield girls to 10th straight SJ-2 title in historic fashion!!!!!

Juniors Sarah Naticchia and Allison Colflesh went 1-2 and Haddonfield placed all five of its scorers in the top 10 on the way to its 10th consecutive South Jersey Group 2 XC title and 25th overall.

Naticchia ran 18:20 and Colflesh 18:46 for the Lady Bulldogs, and senior Lilly Sirover [4th in 19:21], junior Lindsay Colflesh [5th in 19:42] and junior Payton Weiner [9th in 20:06] gave Haddonfield five across the line before anybody else had their second runner across.

Naticchia’s time makes her the 4th-fastest Haddonfield runner ever at Delsea, behind Marielle Hall [17:46 in 2009], Briana Gess [17:57 in 2015] and Vanessa Wright [18:00 in 2004].

Haddonfield averaged 19:15 on Delsea’s 5,000-meter course Saturday, fastest ever by any girls team in any race outside Group 4 and 7th-fastest overall.

Here’s a look at all the averages of 19:25 or fastest since Delsea first went into use as the sectional championship course in 2002:

18:57 … Kingsway, 2019, Group 4 [1st]
19:01 … Kingsway, 2015, Group 4 [1st]
19:06 … Kingsway, 2017, Group 4 [1st]
19:10 … Shawnee, 2017, Group 4 [2nd]
19:11 … Cherry Hill East, 2006, Group 4 [1st]
19:12 … Kingsway, 2016, Group 4 [1st]
19:15 … Haddonfield, 2019, Group 2 [1st]
19:16 … Shawnee, 2013, Group 4 [1st]
19:18 … Kingsway, 2015, SJO-3 [1st]
19:19 … Lenape, 2006, Group 4 [2nd]
19:19 … Toms River North, 2013, Group 4 [2nd]
19:20 … Lenape, 2011, Group 4 [1st]
19:21 … Haddonfield, 2007, Group 2 [1st]
19:21 … Ocean City, 2013, Group 3 [1st]
19:24 … Southern Regional, 2015, Group 4 [3rd]
19:24 … Kingsway, 2016, SJO-3 [1st]
19:24 … Cherokee, 2019, SJ-4 [2nd]
19:25 … Seneca, 2012, Group 3 [1st]
19:25 … Seneca, 2013, Group 3 [2nd]

Since 2005, Haddonfield has won 14 of 15 SJ-2 titles, with the only exception coming in 2009, when they finished second to Moorestown.

Let’s take a look at all of Haddonfield’s girls XC team titles:

1979 – SJ-Group 2
1982 – SJ-Group 1
1985 – SJ-Group 1
1990 – SJ-Group 1
1991 – SJ-Group 1
1992 – SJ-Group 1
1993 – SJ-Group 1
1994 – SJ-Group 2
1995 – SJ-Group 2
1999 – SJ-Group 2
2003 – SJ-Group 2
2005 – SJ-Group 2
2006 – SJ-Group 2
2007 – SJ-Group 2
2008 – SJ-Group 2
2010 – SJ-Group 2
2011 – SJ-Group 2
2012 – SJ-Group 2
2013 – SJ-Group 2
2014 – SJ-Group 2
2015 – SJ-Group 2
2016 – SJ-Group 2
2017 – SJ-Group 2
2018 – SJ-Group 2
2019 – SJ-Group 2

Haddonfield has won the more sectional titles than any girls program in the state. Ridgewood won its 24th Saturday in North Jersey Section 1 Group 4. Shawnee is third on that list with 15, all in South Jersey Group 4.

Haddonfield’s 10-year winning streak is third-longest in state sectional history:

12 … Ridgewood, North 1, Group 4 [1992-03]
12 … Shawnee, South Jersey Group 4 [1990-01]
10 … Haddonfield, South Jersey Group 2 [2010-19]

Haddonfield’s 21 points is the 8th-lowest total in South Jersey XC history and the lowest since Haddonfield won the 2010 title with 19 points.

15 … Moorestown, Group 2, 2001
15 … Haddonfield, Group 2, 2005
16 … Haddonfield, Group 2, 2007
19 … Haddonfield, Group 1, 1982
19 … Ocean City, Group 3, 1988
19 … Haddonfield, Group 2, 2008
19 … Haddonfield, Group 2, 2010
21 … Brick Township, Group 4, 1987
21 … Manchester Twp., Group 1, 1980
21 … Haddonfield, Group 2, 2006
21 … Haddonfield, Group 2, 2019

Haddonfield outscored Manchester Township 21-119.

The 98-point margin of victory is the second-largest in any group ever at a South Jersey sectional race and the largest in Group 2.

The only larger margin of victory came in 1988, when Ocean City beat Edgewood by 109 points in Group 3 — 19-128.

The largest previous margin in Group 2 was Haddonfield’s 73-point margin over Pinelands Regional last year [33-106].

Junior Sophie Steidle ran 18:53 for third place, the fastest time ever at Delsea by a Collingswood runner.

Others in the top 10 included Delsea junior Carly Nicholson [6th in 19:46], West Deptford junior Corinne Dorsett [7th in 19:56], West Deptford sophomore Hope Siner [8th in 20:00] and Pleasantville junior Maya Harper [10th in 20:09].

 

Wechsler, Miller, Jackson lead Cherokee boys to 9th sectional title!!!

With three runners in the top six, the Cherokee boys won their ninth sectional XC title Saturday and posted the 4th-fastest time ever on Delsea’s 5,000-meter course.

Senior Ethan Wechsler ran 15:18, the 3rd-fastest time of the day and 3rd-fastest in course history, to place second, senior Chase Miller was 4th in 16:00 and senior Tyler Jackson took 6th in 16:11.

On coach Steve Shaklee’s birthday, the Chiefs then placed three more runners between 14th and 20th, with senior Michael Gavio 14th in 16:20, junior Brett Shea 16th in 16:22 and junior Nico Grilli 20th in 16:31. Junior Daniel Boria was 36th in 17:03.

Pete Hess of Toms River North set the course record of 15:18 in 2002. It was broken in the Group 3 race by Mainland’s Kevin Antczak, who ran 15:11, and then surpassed again by Southern’s Jackson Braddock, who won the Group 4 race in 15:15. Wechsler tied Hess for the No. 3 spot.

Wechsler’s time broke the Delsea sectional record for fastest second-place time held by Cherokee’s Keith Krieger, who was second to Hess in 2002 in 15:22.

Cherry Hill East senior Oliver Adler made it three at 15:36 or faster with his third-place finish. That’s the fastest 3rd-place time ever at Delsea in any sectional race. The previous fastest 3rd-place time was 15:37 by Steve Maine of Highland in 2013.

Cherokee outscored Cherry Hill East and Kingsway, 42-80. Cherry Hill East placed second on a 6th-runner tiebreaker. East’s 6th runner placed one spot and 2-10ths of a second ahead of Kingsway’s 6th man.

Cherokee won its first sectional title in 1988, then won four straight from 1997 through 2000. They’ve since won titles in 2007, 2011, 2016 and 2019.

Only Haddonfield (39), Haddon Township (19) and Cinnaminson (11) have won more sectional titles among South Jersey schools.

Cherokee averaged 16:02, 2nd-fastest on Saturday and 4th-fastest in course history.:

15:49 … Mainland Regional, 2003, Group 4 [1st] 4 under 15:46
15:59 … Kingsway, 2017, Group 4 [1st]
16:00 … Haddonfield, 2019, Group 2 [1st]
16:02 … Cherokee, 2019, Group 4 [1st]
16:04 … Cherry Hill East, 2014, Group 4 [1st]
16:08 … Haddonfield, 2009, Group 2 [1st]
16:09 … Toms River North, 2003, Group 4 [2nd]
16:09 … Cherokee, 2016, Group 4 [1st]
16:09 … Haddonfield, 2017, Group 2 [1st]
16:13 … Haddonfield, 2018, Group 2 [1st]
16:16 … Cherry Hill East, 2015, Group 4 [1st]
16:18 … Mainland Regional, 2002, Group 4 [1st]
16:18 … Haddonfield, 2013, Group 2 [1st]
16:18 … Kingsway, 2014, Group 4 [2nd]
16:19 … Kingsway, 2014, SJO-3 [1st]
16:19 … Haddonfield, 2014, Group 2 [1st]
16:19 … Cherokee, 2015, SJO-3 [1st]
16:20 … Toms River North, 2004, Group 4 [1st]
16:20 … Cherokee, 2017, Group 4 [2nd]