Get your N.J. XC on!
Get your run on!
Get your Opening Day on!!! Sure feels good to type those words again!
I am all set up next to the finish line with Robert Kellert here at Freedom Park in Randolph for what is always one of the best meets of the year and the only meet in N.J. that runs under the lights.
NJMilesplit will be all over the course to provide the best possible coverage for you.
First race is at 6 p.m.. It's the JV boys Groups B and C that will kick things off here.
As usual, there's a great atmosphere here with music blaring from the snack shack which is hands down the best XC snack stand in N.J. The snack stand at Greystone is also high on the list, but nothing beats Freedom's snack shack for an XC meet.
There's an army of Randolph moms working the counter today, and they are moving at breakneck speed over there. And today your burgers and dogs are being grilled by the one and only Jim Loveys, the former Mayor of Randolph. Nice job with that spatula over there, Jim.
Lots of great talent running here today, including Alexa Westley of Warren Hills, Abby Loveys of Randolph, Ray Sellaro of North Hunterdon, and Ronald Kigen of St. Benedict's.
Westley won the 3,200 at the M of C last spring as a sophomore and was 4th at the XC M of C last fall. I chatted with her coaches before the meet and that told me she's fit and ready to rock. Can she break 18:20??
It's go time here at Freedom Park!!! Get ur Saturday Night Lights on!!!!
6:00 p.m. The boys JV Groups B and C race just went off.
6:18 p.m. Holy Smokes!!! The Holmdel boys JV pack just crushed this place with a 1-2-3-5-7 finish!!!!! Holmdel wins with 18 points and an 18:47.6 avg.
Junior Lucas Sharpe led the charge for the Hornets as he broke away in the final quarter mile to win in 18:13. Teammate William Valenzuela, a soph., was second in 18:19. Holmdel Jr. Colin Hansen finished off the 1-2-3 for Holmdel by placing third in around 18:56. Hansen was jacked when he crossed the line and saw that he and his teammates dominated the race. What a performance by Holmdel!!!!
6:20 p.m. The gun for the JV girls B and C race just went off.
6:41 p.m. Jr. Phoebe Drummond of Red Bank just won the girls JV B/C race in 21:51.8. That's more than a minute faster the she ran here last year.
Rumson goes 2-6-9-10-14 for the win with 41 points and an average of 22:44.
6:54 p.m. The boys Varsity B race is in the final half mile.
Warren Hills goes 1-2 with Taras McBrair (16:36) and Billy Carroll (16:51) running big PR's!! Then it's all Holmdel as the Hornets came storming across the line with a 3-4-5-6-11 finish to win the team title with a 17:07 avg. and a 32 seconds 1-5 split!!!!! GET UR HORNETS ON!!!!!
Holmdel wins the JV and Varsity boys races!!! Watch out for these guys this season. They are for real!!!
7:00 p.m. Girls Varsity C race is off.
WOW!! RBC just rocked this place with a 1-2-3-4-6-7-11 finish and a 19:47 avg.!!!! Get UR CASEYS ON!!!
Soph. Danielle Hayes of RBC wins the race with a huge PR of 19:18, 10 secs in front of teammate Maddy Kopec.
7:20 p.m. Boys Varsity C race is off
7:36 p.m. Drew Maher, 2nd in the 1600 at the M of C last spring, leads a 1-2 finish for Shore with a winning time of 16:44 in the C race. Jr. Cameron Janovic of Shore gets second in 16:45, a step ahead of Dunellen's Eduardo Cermeno.
Shore wins a good team battle with Bernards, 33-42. Shore averaged 17:22.
7:40 p.m. The girls B race just went off. How fast will Alexa Westley run??
7:50 p.m. Getting chilly here with the sundown, but it's great running weather.
7:58 p.m. Junior ALEXA WESTLEY 18:18.5!!!!!! That's No. 7 All-Time at Freedom Park. The course record of 17:50.1 set by the great Mary Cain of Bronxville NY in 2011 is Westley's target for next year.
8:10 p.m. Make it a complete team sweep for the Holmdel boys!!! They just won the freshman team title, 59-92 over West Windsor North. What a day for the Hornets!!!
Chris Grillo of Seton Hall Prep won the boys freshman race in 9:11.7.
8:31 p.m. Best team race of the day so far is in the girls freshman race as Madison edges Rumson, 35-36.
Jamie Habib of Madison wins the girls freshman race in 10:34.6. The race is 2,655 meters.
8:42 p.m. Andrew Micale of Ridge just won the boys JV A race in 17:58. Ridge edged Skyland Conf. rival North Hunterdon, 29-38, to win the team title. Ridge averaged 18:20.2.
8:55 p.m. Ridge just smoked this course by taking the top 7 spots in the girls JV race!!!! Manon Stpehen won the race in 20:37 and Ridge averaged 20:58.
8:59 p.m. Boys Varsity A race has gone off. This one is going to be hot!!!
9:14 p.m. GET UR RAY SELLARO ON!!! Huge kick by Sellaro to edge Ronald Kigen of St. Bemedict's Prep and win in 15:46.4!!!!! That a new meet record and No. 5 in course history!!! Kigen 2nd in 15:47.9, No. 8 in course history.
North Hunterdon wins the team title, 59-76 over St. Benedict's. North Hunterdon averaged 16:37 and went 1-8-15-16-19.
9:38 p.m. ABBY LOVEYS JUST DESTROYED THIS PLACE!!!! 18:14.2!!!!!!! That's No. 4 all-time in course history for the junior at Randolph!!!
Randolph wins the team title, 38-44 over Ridge. Randolph averaged 19:45 and Ridge 20:02.
That's a wrap from Freedom Park. What an awesome meet!!!!
Two boys and two girls cracked the All-Time Freedom Park Top 10 and there were several great team performances.
Until next time, get out for your long runs tomorrow and get your NJ XC On!!!!!!