New Jersey 2002
Cross Country

Meet of Champions

11/23/02 at Holmdel Park - 5k - 11 am Boys - 11:45 am Girls

| Detailed Results | Qualifiers |

  • Boys - soph Mohamed Khadraoui 15:48 topples Hess-Krieger. Mainland 101, Toms River North 104.
  • Girls - Trotter twins ride high again, Amanda split second winner over Katy. Shawnee 69, Toms River East 84.
Krieger and Khadraoui with 3/4 mile to go

photo by John Nepolitan
Trotter twins in complete command

photo by Ryan Lavendar


Khadraoui is only upset

by Ed Grant


It was clear, chilly and windy at Holmdel County Park today for the
New jersey all-group championships.

There was only one real upset among four titles---team and
individual--up for grabs and it was a mild one. Moroccan-born Mohamed
Khadraoui of Paterson Kennedy won the boys; race in a driving finish with
Keith Krieger of Cherokee in 15:47 with pre-race favorite Peter Hess of Toms
River Noth third in 15:57 and Chris Pannone of Hunterdon Central 4th in

The girls race went as expected, the Trotter twins, Amanda and Katy
coming out of the woods with a healthy lead and going on to finish 1-2 in
that order in 18:43. Jesse Mizzone of Passaic Valley, 2nd a year ago, was
3rd in 19:20 and a total outsider, soph Karen Guthrie of Mendham---7th in
the Gr. III race last week, placed 4th in 19:21.

Mainland, rated No. 1 all season, took a close boys' race from Toms
River North, 101-104 with perennial contender Christian Brothers 3rd at 147.
Shawnee repeated last week's Gr. IV win over Toms River East with a wider
margin, 69-84, with Middletown South third at 155.

Lindsay Van Alstine, the defending champion, who had returned to
action last week after a six-week layoff, finished 14th in the girls race in

Most disappointing feature of the day was the failure---with two
notable exception---of the sterling girls freshman class to show their
earlier season form. The exceptions were Brittany Sedberry of Ocean City,
who finished 5th in 19:24 and Alison Root of Toms River East who led her
team in 12th place at 19:46. Two others, Jen Croghan of Lacordaire, the
Parochial B champ, and Kellee Hand of Howell, the CJ Gr. IV winner, were in
the top 50, but each ran about a minute slower than in the muddy conditions
of last week's group championships.

The Trotters--headed for Stanford---will, of course, be prime
contenders at next Saturday's Eastern Footlocker meet at Van Cortlandt Park.
On the boys; side, Khadraoui, Krieger and Hess will all be in what looks
like a wide open battle.

The state's three top boy milers all had good races. Robbie Edwards
of Bridgeton, who was 4th in the Gr. II race last week, was 5th today in
15:59. Jeremy Zagorski of Parsippany Hills finished up a fine state meet
(after an indifferent earlier season) by placing 10th in 16:18 and John
Richardson of Ocean City was 12th in 16:21.

The state's leading girl miler last winter and spring (the Trotters
were the next two), Casey Nelson of Hunterdon Central chose not to follow
the twins from the soccer field and her season there ended early with a leg

Ed Grant

PS: General opinion is that the Holmdel course is now running 10-15
seconds faster than it was before gravel was laid down in the "Bowl" a few
years ago, the margin being greater, of course, on days like last week with
all the rain. The strong winds probably helped more than hurt this time,
drying up the course after Friday rains and not bothering the runners too
much in the sheltered hills.

Ed Grant

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