New Jersey

2002 Cross Country Preview

Chris Platt and Lindsay Van Alstine
are the leading runners as the season begins;
team titles are wide open


Complete story is in Ed Grant's Cross Country News Letter, now in its 33rd year.

Chris Platt

photo by John Nepolitan

Lindsey Van Alstine

photo by Jacob Brown



Chris Platt is the only remaining member of Haddonfield's big 3 of last year, so a new team champion seems a sure thing. Two other 2001 top 10 individuals return: Pete Hess of Toms River North and Dan Deichert of Eastern.

Top 10 teams (alphabetical): Christian Brothers, Don Bosco, Hillsboro, Hunterdon Central, Mainland, Morristown, Old Bridge, Red Bank, Red Bank Catholic, and Ridgewood.


Lindsay Van Alstine, surprise state champion and Foot Locker national finalist a year ago, is a familiar favorite this year. The Trotter twins of Red Bank will run cross country for the first time this year instead of soccer, while distance stars Casey Nelson and Caitlin Smyth will opt for soccer. Age group sensation Jen Croghan (10:48 2-mile as an 8th grader) makes her high school debut with Lacordaire Academy in Upper Montclair.

Top 10 teams (alphabetical): Hopewell Valley, Middletown South, Montville, Moorestown, Msgr Donovan, Old Bridge, Shawnee, Southern Ocean, Toms River East, and Voorhees.


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