New Jersey dominated the Mid-Atlantic Prep League Championships on Wednesday by sweeping all four titles at Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pa.
Bendar, who won the Mercer County and NJ Prep A titles in her previous two races, grabbed a quick lead and was never challenged as she ran away with the girls title in 18:10, 54 seconds ahead of runner-up Sophia Divone of Mercersburg.
In the girls team competition, Lawrenceville, second last year to Mercersburg, packed its five scoring runners in the top nine on the way to a 26-60 victory over Mercer County rival Peddie. Caroline Kim led the charge for Lawrenceville by placing fourth in 20:54. Lawrenceville also win the NJ Prep A Championships last week at Blair.
On the boys side, Peddie overcame a 1-2 finish by Lawrenceville and rallied to win the team title in dramatic fashion, 42-45, which avenge its loss to Lawrenceville last week.
But Peddie, second last year to The Hill School (Pa.) by five points, responded as its No. 3 and No. 4 runners picked up five points on Lawrenceville's No. 3 and No. 4 runners to tie the score at 26-26. With the outcome of the meet haning in the balance, Peddie's No. 5 man, Evan Glas, finished three places and six seconds ahead of Lawrenceville's No. 5 runner to give Peddie the championship. Peddie finished 3-5-6-12-16 and Lawrenceville went 1-2-9-14-19
The victory by Peddie, which finished 3-5-6-12-16, reverses the result from the NJ Prep A Championships last week when Lawrenceville was second with 54 and Peddie took third with 75.