For the fifth straight year Ocean City has swept the Cape May County Championships and this year they almost collected two perfect scores while doing it. Both individual Ocean City champions also defended their titles from last year making it a clean sweep of all four county titles.
The boys swept the top six finishers and their seventh runner finished eighth overall. With their 15 points the team won the meet by 49 over second place Lower Cape May Regional. Even more amazing was the top five compression which only took four seconds and an average of 16:37.
They were led by Anthony Conte at 16:35, who made it two straight individual titles. This was his first win of the season and fourth top ten finish.
Boys Top Ten Finishers
|1||Anthony Conte||12||Ocean City HS||16:35.93|
|2||Max Kelly||12||Ocean City HS||16:36.46|
|3||Luke Kramer||12||Ocean City HS||16:37.16|
|4||Owen Ritti||10||Ocean City HS||16:37.69|
|5||Cameron DiTroia||12||Ocean City HS||16:40.76|
|6||Frank Fabi||12||Ocean City HS||16:42.83|
|7||Zeb Hinker||10||Lower Cape May Regional HS||17:09.19|
|8||Mike Kelly||12||Ocean City HS||17:43.86|
|9||Elijah Jackson||10||Lower Cape May Regional HS||18:10.60|
|10||John Hargest||12||Middle Township HS||18:14.84|
On the girls side Ocean City was just one point off a perfect score with 16 points. Casey McLees led the way with a 19:02 performance defending her 2018 title run, her third top ten finish on the season. The team also won their tenth straight school title at this Championship, the last non-Ocean City winner being Wildwood Catholic all the way back in 2009.
The athlete that broke up the perfect score in the girls race? Middle Township's freshman standout Sofia Jurusz in fifth at 20:26. She was fourth this last Saturday in the Division 1 race at the South Jersey Open. Her squad finished second overall with 69 points.
For Ocean City this all comes just a week after the team's trip to run in the Disney Cross Country Classic was almost lost to misfortune before an act of kindness allowed them to travel down to Florida and compete. A special season so far for this school.
Girls Top Ten Finishers
|1||Casey McLees||12||Ocean City HS||19:02.65|
|2||Alexa Palmieri||11||Ocean City HS||19:29.32|
|3||Rebecca Millar||12||Ocean City HS||20:16.51|
|4||Emma Sardy||12||Ocean City HS||20:22.68|
|5||Sofia Jurusz||9||Middle Township HS||20:26.77|
|6||Erin Hanlon||11||Ocean City HS||20:34.83|
|7||Lindsay Robbins||11||Cape May County Tech||20:49.38|
|8||Isabella Padula||11||Ocean City HS||21:16.27|
|9||Reghan Handley||12||Ocean City HS||21:19.32|
|10||Jayne Seitz||12||Cape May County Tech||21:26.63|
- Boys - Anthony Conte (Ocean City) 16:35 / Ocean City 15pts
- Girls - Casey McLees (Ocean City) 19:02 / Ocean City 16pts
- Boys - Anthony Conte (Ocean City) 16:01 / Ocean City 18pts
- Girls - Casey McLees (Ocean City) 18:51/ Ocean City 29pts
- Boys - Will Berger (Lower Cape May Regional) 15:57 / Ocean City 20pts
- Girls - Alexa Weber (Ocean City) 18:44 / Ocean City 19pts
- Boys - Mark Nelson (Lower Cape May Regional) 15:59 / Ocean City 24pts
- Girls - Alexa Weber (Ocean City) 18:27 / Ocean City 22pts
- Boys - Patrick Cusack (Ocean City) 16:24 / Ocean City 15pts
- Girls - Alexa Weber (Ocean City) 19:22 / Ocean City 18pts
- Boys - Ryan Herlihy (Middle Township) 15:58 / Middle Township 29pts
- Girls - Epiphany Devon Grisbaum (Ocean City) 18:00 / Ocean City 15pts
- Boys - Louis Paone (Ocean City) 15:52 / Ocean City 24pts
- Girls - Bridget Flynn (Ocean City) 18:24 / Ocean City 17pts
- Boys - Kevin Scott (Ocean City) 15:47 / Ocean City 17pts
- Girls - Bridget Flynn (Ocean City) 18:46 / Ocean City 19pts