Once again the PTXC meet in Kutztown, PA proved to be an exciting opener for some of New Jersey's top talent.
The result was thanks to a comeback effort by Jennings with a huge kick to close out the race. His 'one card' sparked a third place team finish with 136 points, only 25 behind Calvert Hall College HS. The always strong Loudoun Valley squad out of Virginia won the meet with a 27 point run splitting just 15 seconds between their top five.
This was a big improvement for Jennings who finished 20th at this meet last year running 16:32. The NJ#5 ranked Mendham squad averaged 16:44, Zachary Hodges and Ryan Kear cracked the top 20 finishing 19th and 20th at 16:37 and 16:41. Sam Marran ran 29th with a 16:57 and their top five was capped off by Tim Lanahan in 68th at 17:41.
A great start for one of the top returners in the state and the squad as a whole.
On the girls side of the meet Caroline Mehlhorn of Montgomery won the Blue Division race for the second straight year with a time of 19:03. This race was a big breakout run for her as a freshman last fall, she'll look to once again run off this momentum for a strong sophomore year which could see a variety of possible individual titles. Mehlhorn is the defending Central Group 4 Sectional Champion and was fifth last year at the Meet of Champions.
Montgomery also scored a win in the girls junior varsity race thanks to sophomore Elizabeth Henderson, she actually clocked in the team's second best performance of the meet at 20:49.