North Hunterdon and Voorhees Repeat at HWS Championships

Full Results

North Hunterdon girls, Voorhees boys repeat as HWS Champs. Romero and Gonzalez win  titles and Cornetta returns  

The NJ #1 North Hunterdon rolled to its third title in a row and the NJ #10 Voorhees boys made it five straight titles at Thursday's Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex Championships at the new layout at the Phillipsburg Athletic Complex.   

Senior Chris Romero led a strong frontal attack for Voorhees with his winning time of 16:15Voorhees went 1-4-5-10-15 and averaged 17:02 on its way to a 35-46 win over Pope John.

Romero finished 24 seconds in front of defending champion Justin Cornetta of Hunterdon Central, who placed second (16:39) in his first race since January. Cornetta, one of the state's best distance runners, had been sidelined with injuries.

In the girls competition, North Hunterdon's all underclassmen lineup swept the top three places as part of a 1-2-3-8-13 finish as the Lions defeated NJ #7 Voorhees, 27-47. North Hunterdon, which averaged 19:48, was led by sophomore Chloe Gonzalez, the individual winner in 19:07.

Next up for North Hunterdon is a showdown with NJ #3 Ridge at next Thursday's Skyland Conference Championships at Natirar Park in Gladstone.  

There were some notable absences from this meet.

NJ #5 North Hunterdon held out its top boys and Alexa Westley of Warren Hills, the 3,200 Meet of Champions winner last spring, skipped the meet because they are gearing up for Saturday's Eastern States Championships at the Manhattan Invitational at Van Cortlandt Park.

Boys Top Finishers - Full Results

1Chris Romero12Voorhees HS16:15.25
2Justin Cornetta12Hunterdon Central HS16:39.28
3Jimmy Zignorski12Pope John XXIII HS16:44.05
4Maxwell Page11Voorhees HS16:50.53
5Joseph Capone12Voorhees HS17:01.95
6William Sauerborn10Hunterdon Central HS17:10.28
7Liam McHale11Pope John XXIII HS17:13.03
8Cameron Gec12Wallkill Valley HS17:16.01
9Kyle Robison12Hunterdon Central HS17:20.95
10Dylan Fritz10Voorhees HS17:22.28
1Voorhees HS351+4+5+10+15 (23+45)--:-- 1-5 Split | 17:01 Avg
2Pope John XXIII HS463+7+11+12+13 (24+70)--:-- 1-5 Split | 17:14 Avg
3Hunterdon Central HS612+6+9+16+28 (31+43)--:-- 1-5 Split | 17:24 Avg

Girls Top Finishers - Full Results

1Chloe Gonzalez10North Hunterdon HS19:07.61
2Elena DiMarcello11North Hunterdon HS19:21.71
3Emily Nugent11North Hunterdon HS19:22.91
4Nicole Cassavell12Voorhees HS19:30.71
5Laurel Kurtz9Hunterdon Central HS19:53.70
6Lauren Wagner11Voorhees HS19:53.94
7Emma McGill9Voorhees HS20:16.07
8Angela Kearsley11North Hunterdon HS20:20.44
9Rachel Herrman12Phillipsburg HS20:20.77
10Julia Herraiz11Pope John XXIII HS20:33.88
1North Hunterdon HS271+2+3+8+13 (15+18)--:-- 1-5 Split | 19:48 Avg
2Voorhees HS474+6+7+11+19 (28+31)--:-- 1-5 Split | 20:22 Avg
3Hunterdon Central HS815+12+17+21+26 (32)--:-- 1-5 Split | 21:09 Avg