Holmdel girls win CJ II cross country crown

first_imgPlacing all five of their scorers in the top 20, Holmdel’s girls captured the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II cross country championship on Nov. 6. Lennon Cooper led the parade of Hornets at Jamesburg’s Thompson Park by finishing second (19:25) behind Manasquan’s Georgiana Honrath (19:13). Shannon Nelson dipped under 20:00 with a 19:57 that was good enough for seventh place as the Hornets dethroned 2009 champion Rumson-Fair Haven, 58-84. Katie Little (20:38), Lindsay Conlan (21:14) and Gina Delio (21:18) finished 11-18-20 to complete the Hornets’ scoring. T he top five teams and top 10 individuals all advanced to Saturday’s NJSIAA Group State Championships at Holmdel Park. Holmdel’s boys almost made it a clean sweep for the Hornet harriers. They were second to Delaware Valley, 53-62. Jack Baisley (16:56) and Jason Mc- Mullen (17:05) gave the Hornets a good one-two, taking fourth and ninth. Jacob Yang was 11th (17:15). Completing the scoring were Arthur Eng (17:36) and Eric Williams (17:57) in 16th and 22nd. Raritan’s girls are going to Holmdel, having placed fifth (115) in CJ II. The Rockets were led by Stephanie Sparacino (20:49) and Miranda Marques (21:18) in 15th and 19th place. Kayla Cullari (21:29), Amanda Stabile (21:35) and Erin Byrne (21:41) placed 25-27-29. In Group III, Middletown South’s girls lost a close race with Princeton for the sectional title, 57-64. The Eagles ran in a close pack, stacking their runners between ninth and 17th place. Grace Watters led the pack in ninth (20:18) followed in 11th by Taylor Landis (20:30). Brianna Haspel (20:41) and Erica Colavito (20:42) were 13th and 14th, and Christiana Rutkowski (20:55) was 17th . Only 37 seconds separated the five Eagles. That was enough, however, to overcome Princeton having its first three runners take 4-8-10. Middletown South’s boys extended their season by taking fourth (129). Brian George (17:232), James Coulter (17:29), Mac Norman (17:36), Brian Ruane (17:49) and Alex Spence (17:49) finished 17-20-25-33-34. The Non-Public schools, like the state’s top-ranked boys team Christian Brothers Academy, Red Bank Catholic, St. John Vianney and Mater Dei, will be competing for Group championships as well as the public schools on Saturday.last_img

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