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New Jersey State Sectional Championships

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November 8, 2008

Race Distance: 5000 meters

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Winners Table (click on the race name to be taken to results)
Race Name
Boys Team Champions
Girls Team Champions
North I

Gr 1 -North Warren
Gr 2 -Wallkill Valley
Gr 3 -Morris Hills
Gr 4 - Randolph
Gr 1 -North Warren
Gr 2 -Indian Hills
Gr 3 - High Point
Gr 4 -Randolph
North II

Gr 1 -Verona
Gr 2 - Chatham
Gr 3 -Mendham
Gr 4 -Ridge
Gr 1 -McNair
Gr 2 -Summit (tiebreaker over Madison)
Gr 3 - Voorhees
Gr 4 -Ridge

Gr 1 - Robbinsville
Gr 2 -Cinnaminson
Gr 3 - West Windsor North
Gr 4 - West Windsor South
Gr 1 - Robbinsville
Gr 2 -Johnson
Gr 3 - Hopewell Valley
Gr 4 - South Brunswick

Gr 1 -Haddon Twp.
Gr 2 -Haddonfield
Gr 3 - Ocean City
Gr 4 -Toms River North
Gr 1 -Haddon Twp.
Gr 2 -Haddonfield
Gr 3 - Seneca
Gr 4 - Toms River North

North I Highlights

  • Group 4 boys: Randolph wins first title ends Ridgewood's streak of six straight, 73-95 over Ridgewood. Taro Shigenobu of Ridgewood captures individudal race in 15:46.
  • Group 4 girls: Joelle Amaral (19:44.7) wins to help Randolph grab team trophy.
  • Group 3 boys: Sean Pohorene (16:12) repeats to lead Morris Hills to sixth straight sectional champipnship.
  • Group 3 girls: High Point captures its first team title and Tori Berard of Morris Knolls win in 18:45.
  • Group 2 boys: Wallkill Valley nips defending champion Indian Hills by two and Rob Albano of Pequannock passed a falling Taylor Trumbetti to win in 16:14.7.
  • Group 2 girls: Indian Hills and Wallkill Valley's Kaitlin Chegwidden (second straight) (19:30.4) are champions.
  • Group 1 boys: North Warren wins for the first time and Victor Lopez of Leonia is victorious.
  • Group 1 girls: Kristen Landry of Mountain Lakes (19:25.6) and North Warren make it to the winners circle.

North II Highlights

  • Group 4 boys: Ridge nips Skyland Conference rival Bridgewater-Raritan, 96-99. Ridge gets huge race from No. 2 man Ben Tumolo and its No. 5 man, Tim Leichleider, who beat Bridgewater's No. 5 by 18 places. Jr. Chris Banafato of Bridgewater crosses first in 16:47.3, a step ahead of Ridge jr. Anthony Bellitti (16:48.2).
  • Group 4 girls: Dana Guglielmo of Ridge (19:41.2) and Amanda Gracia go 1-2 as NJ #2 Ridge jams four runners in top five for 40 point win over Hunterdon Central.
  • Group 3 boys: Jr Tyler Udland of Millburn wins Group 3 race by 40 seconds in 16:09.2, but Mendham puts seven runners in before Millburn's fifth to score 42-44 win for first sectional title since 1989.
  • Group 3 girls: Oregon-bound Lanie Thompson makes it four in a row in 18:31.5 and leads Voorhees to third straight by 46 points over Roxbury.
  • Group 2 boys: Chatham, with three runners in the top eight, avenges three losses to Summit and knocks off the defending champion by nine. Chris Johnson of Gov. Livingston becomes first sectional boys champion from his school in 16:47.2
  • Group 2 girls: Summit edges Madison for title on tiebreaker. Mallory Andeson of Madison uses big kick over final 200 to win in 19:38.1. Kat Grimes of Chatham, who had the lead with 250 meters left, collpased just before the line after being overtaken by Anderson and crawled across second in 20:09.
  • Group 1 boys: Dave Oster (17:04.0) finishes first in pouring rain to lead Verona to the championship, 54-98 over McNair. Verona and Oster won North Jersey, Section 1 Group 1 titles last year.
  • Group 1 girls: McNair takes third title in past four years and Rachel Murray (21:16.2) becomes Dayton's first girls' winner since Tracy Biber in 1985.

Central Highlights

  • Group 4 boys: West Windsor South scores 14 point win over Old Bridge and Rob Andrews of Manalapan is individual champion in 15:55.
  • Group 4 girls: South Brunswick gets one point win over Hillsborough. Katie Kellner of West Windsor South scores victory in blazing 18:14, the top time at Thompson Park this year..
  • Group 3 boys: Joe Rosa (15:36) and his sophomore twin Jim (15:53) go 1-2 and lead US #19 West Windsor North to second straight. West Windsor takes six of top 8 places and wins with 18 points.
  • Group 3 girls: Clare Buck (18:23) wins third in a row to help Hopewell Valley three-peat..
  • Group 2 boys: Thomas Bragen (16:24) of Point Boro and Cinnaminson, making its debut in Central Jersey after being moved from South Jersey. take titles.
  • Group 2 girls: Johnson win first championship and Julia Mark (19:07) of Delaware Valley repeats.
  • Group 1 boys: Nick Lachman's victory in 16:43 leads Robbinsville to first title.
  • Group 1: Megan Flynn's victory in 19:29 catapultes Robbinsville to first team triumph.


  • Group 4 boys: Joe Kotran (16:03) finishes first to spark Toms River North to 89-107 win over Cherokee.
  • Group 4 girls: Toms River North outscores Ocean County rival Southern, 70-93, for team honors while Jill Smith of Southern takes second straight in 18:26.
  • Group 3 boys: Brett Johnson's 20 second win in 15:38 over Davd Forward of Shawnee ignites Ocean City's four point win over Kingsway.
  • Group 3 girls: Kingsway Jr.. Chelsea Ley explodes with CR 17:23, chopping 12 seconds off her own mark at Delsea, and Seneca rolls.
  • Group 2 boys: Haddonfield, led by repeat winner Jon Vitez (15:41) runs away with fifth straight team title with near perfect score of 16 and 16:31 avg.. Haddonfield has now won 28 South Jersey sectional titles, the most in state history in one section. Bernards has won 30 sectionals (27 in CJ and three in NJ2). ..
  • Group 2 girls: Marielle Hall leads 17 point total with winning time of 18:30 as Haddonfield steamrolls to victory.
  • Group 1 boys: Haddon Township takes a 32-45 vedict over defending champion Haddon Heights. Josh Black of Haddon Heights repeats in 16:37.
  • Group 1 girls: Haddon Township scores daily double with 44-79 win over Maple Shade. Rachel Greenberg of Pitman win individual title in 20:26.


The road to Holmdel Park will make stops at four different sites when Sectional Saturday, one of the most exciting days of the cross-country season, takes place on Nov. 8.

Also on tap for Saturday is the 52nd New Jersey Catholic Track Conference Championships at Warinanco Park in Elizabeth. The boys' varsity race is at 3:45 p.m. The girls start at 3:20 p.m.

The top five teams and 10 individuals from each of the NJSIAA public school sectional championship races will advance to the group and championships on Nov. 15 at Holmdel Park. The non-public championships will also be held on Nov. 15 at Holmdel Park.

The sectional schedule for the boys is the same at all four sites: 10:00 a.m.-Group 3. 10:25 a.m.-Group 2. 11:40 a.m.-Group 4. 12:05 p.m.-Group 1.

A look at each public school race:



Team contenders: Defending champion Ridgewood, Randolph, Livingston, Clifton and Vernon.
Individual contenders: Taro Shigenobu, Ridgewood; Daniel Rondon, North Bergen; Jacob Schneider, Livingston; Lou Stengel, Vernon; Brian Mendez, Kearny; Lou Catizone, Randolph; Luis Romero, Union City, and Salim Corbin, Eastside.
Predictions: Ridgewood, No. 11 in New Jersey and the North Jersey, Section 1 winner a record 16 times, will win its seventh straight behind Shigenobu's victory.


Team contenders: The defending champion, No. 5 Morris Hills, Old Tappan, Northern Highlands, Demarest, Morris Knolls, Mount Olive, West Milford, Pascack Valley, Tenafly and Wayne Valley.
Individual contenders: Sean Pohorence, Morris Hills; Nicholas Ferrentino, Old Tappan; Martin DeBourmont, Montville; Tommy Gaidus, Northern Highlands, and Liam Tansey, Morris Hills.
Predictions: Pohorence, the Morris County champion, will break 16 minutes and lead Morris Hills to a runaway victory for its sixth straight sectional title and fifth consecutive in this group.


Team contenders: Defending champion Indian Hills, Wallkill Valley, Pascack Hills, Jefferson and Ramsey.
Individual contenders: Nick Ward and Adam Mahonchek, Indian Hills; Rob Albano, Pequannock; Taylor Trumbetti, Pascack Hills; Michael Galonski, Newton; Alan Zaccone, Mahwah; Nick Beckmann, Jefferson; Brandon Chiesa and Joe Chegwidden, Wallkill Valley.
Predictions: Indian Hills will edge Wallkill Valley and Albano scores the individual title.


Team contenders: North Warren, Leonia, Saddle Brook, Park Ridge/Emerson, Bogota, Mountain Lakes and Westwood.
Individual contenders: Pat and Brian Rochford, Bogota; Shawn Conroy and Ryder Clemmo, North Warren; Victor Lopez, Leonia, and Stephen Lewandowski, Mountain Lakes.
Predictions: With the 2007 champion, Verona, now in North Jersey, Section 2, the door is wide open for North Warren to make it the winner's circle for the first time. Pat Rochford is the individual pick in a tight one over Lopez.



Team contenders: Bridgewater-Raritan, Hunterdon Central, Ridge, Westfield, J.P. Stevens, Piscataway, Franklin and Dickinson.
Individual contenders: Anthony Bellitti, Ridge; Chris Banafato, Bridgewater-Raritan; Maanek Kumar and Phil Awich, Piscataway; Matt McDonald, North Hunterdon; Jake Ruskan, Bridgewater-Raritan; Abanda Abanda, Franklin; Dominic Tasco, Bridgewater-Raritan; Hank Ashforth and Mike Saparito, Hunterdon Central; Robert Moyer, Phillipsburg; Ryan Scrudato, Westfield; Sam Spangler, Columbia, and Rajas Kane, Edison.
Predictions: Ridge, the sectional winner in Group 3 last year, will edge its Skyland Conference rivals and score a 10-point victory while Kumar is the choice to cross first in around 16:25.


Team contenders: No. 6 Mendham, No. 7 Millburn, South Plainfield, Phillipsburg, Morristown, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, and Passaic Valley.
Individual contenders: Tyler Udland, Millburn; Mike Franklin, Mendham; Brian Robinson, Millburn; Martin Sweeney, Scotch Plains; James Frick, Mendham; Hamer Farag, Morristown, Danny Kirschner, Millburn, and Curtis Johnson, Rahway.
Predictions: This will be a wild finish between Millburn and Mendham, but the return of James Frick (missed Morris County Championships last week while recovering from illness) will give Mendham the depth it needs to pull out a squeaker. Udland will get away from Franklin in final mile to win in around 15:50.


Team contenders: Defending champion Summit, Chatham, Bernards, Fort Lee and Gov. Livingston.
Individual contenders: Chris Johnson, Gov. Livingston; Elvis Durakovic, Ridgefield Park; Josh Baker and Stephen Leonard, Chatham; Jeff Tauriello, Hanover Park; Tomas Salazar, Thomas Chin and Francisco Azevedo, Summit, and Josh Shafffer, Bernards.
Predictions: Summit, fresh off its first Union County title, is peaking at the right time and will make it two straight. Johnson, second last year, will win in about 16:30.


Team contenders: Verona, Palisades Park, Cedar Grove, Belvidere, McNair Academic and Whippany Park.
Individual contenders: Dave Oster, Verona; Patrick Rono, Lyndhurst; Matthew Giacobbe, Cedar Grove; Ben Singleton, University Charter; Brian Lifer, Belvidere; Joel DeLeo, Hudson County Prep; Arthur Freitas, Palisades Park; Chris Farao, McNair Academic, Steve and Robert Caproni, Whippany Park.
Predictions: Verona and Oster, the North Jersey, Section 1 Group 1 champions last year, will take this fairly handily.



Team contenders: No. 8 Old Bridge, No. 9 West Windsor-Plainsboro South, No. 16 Manalapan, Colts Neck, East Brunswick, Hillsborough and Freehold Township.
Individual contenders: Robby Andrews, Manalapan; Jordan Magath, Hillsborough; Kevin Foy and Sam Macaluso, West Windsor South; Mark Leininger and Mike O'Dowd, Colts Neck; Vincent Vento and Billy Crane, Old Bridge, and Matt Boley, South Brunswick.
Predictions: The back of Old Bridge's pack will be the difference in its victory while Andrews will use his late kick to win in the 15:50 range.


Team contenders: No. 2 West Windsor-Plainsboro North, No. 17 Holmdel, Hopewell Valley, Northern Burlington, Hightstown and Princeton.
Individual contenders: Joe and Jim Rosa, West Windsor North; George Galasso, Holmdel; Mike Bowden, Northern Burlington; Tyler Corkedale and Jon Squeri and Ryan Sleeper, West Windsor North; Oliver Song, Holmdel; Jon Goldfarb, Ocean Township; Charlie Yu, Hopewell Valley; Aaron Thomas, Princeton; Karon Purcell and Brendan Walsh, Hightstown; Marcin Truszkowski, Lawrence, and Joe Lacerda, South Plainfield.
Predictions: There doesn't appear to be anyway to stop West Windsor North and undefeated Joe Rosa from winning its second straight titles. If Rosa pushes it, he could go around 15:30.


Team contenders: No. 19 Cinnaminson, Ewing, Red Bank, Matawan, Somerville and Delaware Valley.
Individual contenders: Max Sparshatt, Rumson; Todd Campbell, Cinnaminson; Matt Bearden, Ewing; Dylan Marton, Somerville Tom Bragen, Point Pleasant Boro; Matt Knowles, Delaware Valley; Matt Metlitz, Red Bank; Matt Calo, Johnson; Peter Thorpe, Spotswood, and Eric Grohn, Somerville.
Predictions: Cinnaminson, switched from the South Jersey section, will make a winning debut in Central Jersey, while Sparshatt is the pick in around 16:15.


Team contenders: Metuchen, Robbinsville, New Providence and Shore Regional.
Individual contenders: Nick Lachman, Robbinsville; Everett Price, New Providence; Dylan Cole, Shore, and Mark Vorensky, Metuchen.
Predictions: Metuchen will win a narrow one over Robbinsville and Lachman is the pick to earn the individual title.

SOUTH JERSEY - Delsea, Franklinville


Team contenders: No. 12 Cherokee, No. 13 Toms River North, No. 15 Southern Regional, Washington Township, Cherry Hill East, Mainland and Lenape.
Individual contenders: Ryan Garvin, Lenape; Joe Kotran and Aaron Lewkow, Toms River North; Matt Valeriani, Southern; Jeff Ascough, Toms River East; Max Mittelman, Mainland; Matt Hernberg, Mainland, Dave Berger, Cherry Hill East, and Chris Applegate, Cherokee.
Predictions: Cherokee makes it two straight by just a few over Toms River North and Garvin prevails individually.


Team contenders: No. 10 Kingsway, No. 20 Ocean City, No. 18 Moorestown, Highland, Shawnee, Lacey.
Individual contenders: David Forward, Shawnee; Brett Johnson, Ocean City; Phil Wood, Lacey; Ryan Culbreath, Kingsway, and Kyle Gorczynski, Highland,
Predictions: Johnson and Kingsway are the class of this field.


Team contenders: Defending champion and No. 4 Haddonfield, West Deptford, Delsea, Bridgeton, Manchester Township.
Individual contenders: Jon Vitez, Haddonfield; Colin Baker, Haddonfield; Caleb Small, Bridgeton, and Ben Potts, Haddonfield.
Predictions: There is no stopping Haddonfield as coach Nick Baker's team will probably have the lowest winning score of any team in the state and win its fifth in a row and extend its South Jersey sectional record to 28 titles. Vitez should roll to his victory.


Team contenders: Defending champion Haddon Heights, Haddon Township, Penns Grove, Maple Shade, Audubon, Pennsville and New Egypt.
Individual contenders: Josh Black, Haddon Heights; Colin Lynch, Haddon Heights; Matt Whitman, Haddon Township, and Nikolai Hladick, New Egypt.
Predictions: Haddon Heights and Black make it two straight in a squeaker over Haddon Township.


The road to the NJSIAA Meet of Champions begins Saturday with sectional meets at four sites around the state. Following the North Jersey, Section 2 meet at Warinanco Park in Elizabeth, the 52nd New Jersey Catholic Track Conference Championships will take place. The girls' varsity race is at 3:20 p.m.

Among the public school races, the top five teams and 10 individuals from each sectional race advance to the group championships Nov. 15 at Holmdel Park. The girls' sectional schedule is the same at all four sites: 10:50 a.m. -- Group 3. 11:15 a.m. -- Group 2. 12:30 p.m. -- Group 4. 12:55 p.m. -- Group 1. A look at each public school race:


Team contenders: Livingston, Randolph and Ridgewood.
Individual contenders: Joelle Amaral of Randolph, Tania Bernardino of Kearny, Sarah Daly of Ridgewood, Sara Lederman of Livingston, Eloisa Paredes of Clifton, and Erin Thomson of West Orange.
Predictions: Amaral had a rare off day at the Morris County meet after placing 12th and will rebound here. She owns the third-fastest time at Garret this season (18:55.9). Randolph (Morris) and Livingston (Essex) are coming off county championships. Ridgewood was the top public school in the Bergen County Meet of Champions, where it placed third. Randolph will continue its astounding season and win its second straight sectional title.

Team contenders: High Point, Morris Hills, Morris Knolls, Northern Highlands, Ramapo, Sparta and Wayne Hills.
Individual contenders: Tori Berard of Morris Knolls, Corrine Fitzgerald of Morris Hills, Kristina Salvador of High Point and Justine Schnell of Northern Highlands.
Predictions: Berard has run 19:05 at Garret this year and will get a sub-19-minute time to win. Morris Knolls won here in the Passaic Coaches Invitational and they'll do it again on Saturday for its first title since 2003.

Team contenders: Glen Rock, Kittatinny, Pascack Hills, Ramsey and Wallkill Valley.
Individual contenders: Alexandra Clinton and Diane Bain of Ramsey, Suzanne Romary and Kate Vandervalk of Glen Rock and Kaitlin Chegwidden of Wallkill Valley.
Predictions: Chegwidden will capture her second straight title, and Ramsey will repeat its success from the Bergen County Championships -- it won the C Division title -- by winning its first sectional title in eight years.

Team contenders: Cresskill, Hasbrouck Heights, Mountain Lakes, North Warren and Waldwick.
Individual contenders: Kelsey Dunn of Waldwick, Sam Guerra of Waldwick, Kristen Landry of Mountain Lakes and Lindsey McKee and her twin, Melissa, of North Warren.
Predictions: Landry, a sophomore, will repeat as champion, and Mountain Lakes will halt North Warren's streak of three straight titles by winning its third straight title.


Team contenders: Columbia, Hunterdon Central, Ridge and Westfield.
Individual contenders: Melissa David of Columbia and Dana Guglielmo of Ridge.
Predictions: Guglielmo will capture her first championship and lead Ridge, up from Group 3, to an overwhelming victory for its first title since 2005.

Team contenders: Millburn, Roxbury, Scotch Plains-Fanwood and Voorhees.
Individual contenders: Nichelle Harris of Rahway, Lanie Thompson of Voorhees, Brittney Veeck of Scotch Plains and Laura Vigilante of Mendham.
Predictions: The Oregon-bound Thompson will claim her fourth straight sectional title and pace Voorhees to its sixth title in seven years.

Team contenders: Chatham, Cranford, Hanover Park, Madison and Summit.
Individual contenders: Mallory Anderson of Madison, Danielle Allocco and Nicola Hallenborg of Summit, Kat Grimes and Jesse Villars of Chatham, Bridget Miller of Cranford and Julia Weir of Hanover Park.
Predictions: Grimes is the defending champion. Villars is Chatham's best runner if she's healthy from a bout of shin splints. But Anderson, second in Morris County last week, will become her school's first sectional champion. Madison will knock off defending champion Chatham.


Team contenders: McNair Academic, Verona and Whippany Park.
Individual contenders: Ewelina Marut of Becton, Christina Nicholas of McNair Academic, Rachel Murray of Dayton, Shawnee Smith of Belvidere and Heather Sweeney of Verona.
Predictions: With defending champion Olivia Clyde of New Providence competing in Central Jersey now, Marut will win her second title in three years. Defending champion New Providence has moved to Central Jersey, so 2007 runner-up McNair Academic, which gave Group 4's Kearny all it could handle in the Hudson County meet, will win its third in four years.


Team contenders: Colts Neck, Hillsborough, Howell, Montgomery, South Brunswick and West Windsor-Plainsboro South.
Individual contenders: Cayla DelPiano and Sophia Ginez of South Brunswick, Briana Jackucewicz of Colts Neck, Katie Kellner of West Windsor South, Chelsea Lodato of Old Bridge, Jill Prentice of Montgomery and Ashley Smolinka of Hillsborough.
Predictions: Smolinka owns the state's fastest time at Thompson (18:41), but Jackucewicz will celebrate her fourth straight title by edging her and Kellner. Colts Neck, winner of the last two titles, will be dethroned by Hillsborough, which hasn't won since 1999.

Team contenders: Holmdel, Hopewell Valley and West Windsor-Plainsboro North.
Individual contenders: Clare Buck and Julie Jablonski of Hopewell Valley, Tracy Campbell of Wall, Alicia Fenley of Princeton and Trish Reilly and Emily Scott of West Windsor-Plainsboro North.
Predictions: Clare Buck will become Mercer County's first three-time sectional champion and lead her team to its third straight title.

Team contenders: Delaware Valley, Johnson, Manasquan and Raritan. I
Individual contenders: Julia Mark and Emma Giantisco of Delaware Valley, Cathay Zhao and Shannon Nelson of Holmdel, Rachael Honrath of Manasquan and Sara Vagie and Cathy Goncalves of Johnson.
Predictions: Mark is on a tear and will win her second straight title. With defending champion Holmdel now in Group 3, there's a great battle on tap between Delaware Valley and Johnson. Both teams have great 1-2 punches, but Johnson has the edge with a better pack.

Team contenders: Metuchen, Robbinsville and Shore Regional.
Individual contenders: Elise Brevet of Metuchen, Brianna Feerst of Point Pleasant Beach and Megan Flynn of Robbinsville.
Predictions: Feerst owns the fifth-fastest time at Thompson this season at 19:02 and will win in 18:55 to beat defending champion Brevet. Metuchen has won the last three titles, but Shore returned six of its top seven from last year's third-place team and will win its first title since 2003.


Team contenders: Cherry Hill East, Toms River North, Southern Regional and Williamstown.
Individual contenders: Alex Casares of Absegami, Britney and Brooke Kott of Millville, Caitlin Orr of Lenape, Angela Rugino of Toms River North and Jill Smith of Southern.
Predictions: Smith will win her second straight, in 17:30, and make it five straight individual champions for Southern. Toms River North will win its second straight and third in five years.

Team contenders: Kingsway, Seneca, Shawnee and Timber Creek.
Individual contenders: Megan Arnold of Timber Creek, Kendall Jackson of Moorestown, Chelsea Ley of Kingsway, Catherine McMahon of Lacey and Megan Venables of Highland Regional.
Predictions: Ley is simply much too fast to get caught here. She'll win in 17:30. Defending champion Seneca returned its top four, including front-runner Nicole McGrainer, and will capture its second straight title.

Team contenders: Buena and Haddonfield.
Individual contenders: Meghan Borz of Buena, Marielle Hall of Haddonfield, Meghan McGlinchey of West Deptford and Patrice Rowe of Willingboro.
Predictions: Haddonfield jammed seven runners into the top 10 last fall and could very well do it again. Hall will outduel McGlinchey for her third straight title.

Team contenders: Haddon Heights and Haddon Township.
Individual contenders: Victoria Freels of Maple Shade, Holly Gallagher of Haddon Township and Lisa Borsellino and Rachel Quinn of Haddon Heights.
Predictions: Gallagher, a sophomore who turned in the fastest time among Group 1 runners at the Colonial Conference All-Star meet last month, will win her second straight and lead Haddon Township to its second straight and third in five years.

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