UP THERE: The Southern Regional boys cross-nation crew gathers following placing next as a group in the NJSIAA South Jersey Team IV championship meet on Nov. 6. (Photographs courtesy of Southern Athletics)
A couple of months ago, adhering to the Ocean County Championships, Southern Regional cross-country coach Scott Baker stated his boys were going to do every thing they could to chase down the favored squad from Cherokee at this year’s NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV meet.
Very well, the Rams gave chase, but they didn’t fairly have sufficient in the tank to eclipse the Chiefs, who completed 11 factors in entrance of Southern to capture the group title at Desire Park in Logan Township on Nov. 6.
The Rams scored 76 factors, as junior Fabian Ramales ended up sixth in general with a time of 15 minutes, 56.19 seconds, just in advance of sophomore Levi Miller, who clocked a time of 15:56.73 to location seventh over-all. Junior Andrew Bowker was the third Southern runner by means of the end line, putting 12th general in 16:13.31, and sophomore Santino D’Amelio ended up 16th in 16:24.60. Junior Christian Schiattarella was the fifth Ram into the chute at 17:04.62, about 10 seconds in advance of Cherokee’s fifth male.
But the variation mostly arrived from the front of the lineup – wherever Cherokee juniors Patrick Ditmars (15:43.54) and Conor Jacob (15:52.42) swiped the 2nd and third positions for the satisfy, not significantly behind winner Kyle Rakitis of Kingsway (15:15.64) – and the Chiefs’ fifth runner, Joseph Natoli, who placed 26th (16:39.93).
Solid Hard work: The Southern Regional women cross-nation group placed fifth as a crew in the NJSIAA South Jersey Team IV championship meet on Nov. 6.
However, with these a younger team – Southern didn’t have a senior in the race and all of them completed inside the best 50 – Baker had to be happy. The two groups behind the Rams, Cherry Hill East and Kingsway, experienced numerous seniors in their lineups.
Upcoming up for the Rams is this weekend’s Group IV Championships at Holmdel Park. A superior enough finish among the group’s finest could mean a excursion to the Meet of Champions for the complete crew on the adhering to Saturday, Nov. 20.
As for the Southern ladies, they are likely to have a greater chore this weekend if they want to arrive at the season finale as a group. The Rams, who scored 153 factors, concluded fifth in the sectional fulfill, guiding winner Cherokee (34), Cherry Hill East (64), Kingsway (100) and Toms River North (109).
Junior Mia Mastrogiovanni was the first Southern runner to the end line, finishing the 3.2-mile course in 20:03.44, fantastic ample for 12th location general, although freshman Casey Collins was the next Ram to the end in 20th with a time of 20:31.84, and junior Isabella Wyckoff swiped the 36th place in 21:06.76. Freshmen Jessica Andersen and Madison Rehman completed 44th and 45th with respective moments of 21:35.70 and 21:37.60.
Neither the Barnegat nor Pinelands girls competed as a crew, owning only a few runners in the combine for the SJ Group II and SJ Group III races. Barnegat senior Lillian Sarno placed 19th in the Team II sectional with a time of 21:57.96. In the Group III sectional, Pinelands junior Amy Dillinger finished 18th in 20:48.93 and Jessica Cheney took 52nd in 24:16.99.
In the boys’ sectional races from Teams II and III, Pinelands junior Ashish Gainder concluded in 51st location with a time of 18:33.75 though senior Matthew Kline finished up 67th in 19:28.85, and Barnegat junior Sean Haggerty put 28th in 17:33.39 while senior Emanuel Valles completed 52nd with a time of 19:30.98.
— David Biggy