NJSIAA Sectional Cross-Country

Southern Regional’s Braddock Adds NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV Crown to His Pile

By David Biggy | Nov 13, 2019
Photo by: David Biggy Southern Regional junior Jackson Braddock on Nov. 9 became the first male runner in the boys cross-country program’s history to win a county, conference and state sectional title in the same season when he won the NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV crown in 15:15.9.

Southern Ocean County — Jackson Braddock seems to be staking a claim as one of Southern Regional High School’s boys cross-country program’s best runners in its history. To date, the only obstacles that have slowed the standout junior have been injuries. But now that he’s running at 100 percent health, not even cold weather can slow him, as evidenced by his first-place finish in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV championship meet on Nov. 9

On what was a chilly day, Braddock was victorious on the 3.1-mile course at Delsea High School, clocking a time of 15 minutes, 15.9 seconds to finish nearly three seconds ahead of second-place finisher Ethan Wechsler of Cherokee (15:18.4) and almost 21 seconds ahead of third-place finisher Oliver Adler of Cherry Hill East (15:36.7).

Braddock’s winning effort in the sectional meet followed Ocean County and Shore Conference championships, as he’s become the first Southern male runner to capture the trio of titles.

As usual, his winning run led the Rams, who as a team finished fifth overall with 166 points, just two points behind Washington Township and well behind first-place Cherokee (42), Cherry Hill East and Kingsway (80). Still, the top-five team finish delivers the Rams to the Group IV Championships, slated for this weekend at grueling Holmdel Park.

Behind Braddock, junior Timothy Sincavage placed 17th overall with a time of 16:25.4, while teammates Nick Lemley grabbed the 45th spot in 17:13.3, Nick Guzewicz snagged 49th place in 17:21.7 and Michael Chanda ended up 54th in 17:25.6.

Meanwhile, the Southern girls kept their season going as well, also by finishing fifth, with 156 points, well behind fourth-place Shawnee (107). Kingsway ran away with the team title, tallying 39 points, while Cherokee was second with 83 and Cherry Hill East grabbed third with 98.

For the Rams, sophomore Rachel Short led the way with a time of 19:37.1, while senior Jaelyn D’Amelio grabbed 24th place in 19:51.7, and senior Emily Furlong snagged the 30th position in 20:02.8. Freshmen Mia Mastrogiovanni and Isabella Wyckoff scored the next batch of points, finishing 39th and 47th with respective times of 20:26.5 and 20:54.7.

Much to her delight, coach Holly Egan’s Pinelands Regional girls scored 120 points to finish third in the South Jersey Group II meet. Senior Jolie Zaccaria led the Wildcats with a season-best 20:22.5, good enough for 11th overall, while freshmen Skye Newsome and Amy Dillinger finished right behind each other in 23rd and 24th places, as both girls clocked season-best times of 22:11.3 and 22:20.5, respectively. Sophomore Jessica Cheney ended up 33rd in 23:41.1, and sophomore Nadya Sturies finished 38th in 24:15.8 to wrap up the team’s solid effort.

Also in the South Jersey Group II meet, Barnegat sophomore Bianca Savoy led the Bengals with a 27th-place finish of 22:31.1, while teammates Kadelyn Rodriguez took 43rd in 24:36.1 and Caitlyn Tai placed 45th in 24:41.1.

For the Pinelands boys, junior Mart Villanueva finished 30th with a time of 17:25.9, while Barnegat junior Peter Dizon led the Bengals with a time of 17:54.2 to place 40th. Barnegat’s Gino DiGiovanni managed to place 47th in 18:16.2.

— David Biggy

biggy@thesandpaper.net

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