5:31 p.m. Time for something hot to drink. I really wish I had some of the homemade P-Burg Chili right about now!!!!
5:30 Thanks for following along here today. I know you enjoyed this as much as I did!!! GET UR NJ XC ON.!!!!
See you back at Holmdel next Saturday for the Meet of Champions-girls at 11 and boys at 11:45. Next week everyone can park at Holmdel Park!!!
5:26 p.m. I can tell you before I get ejected from the park that all the team winners are confirmed.
CONGRATS TO THE 12 TEAMS CHAMPS!!!!
5:22 p.m. UPDATE ON RESULTS- The Rangers at Holmdel are closing the park now, so that means the timing company has to pack up and leave. So there really is no timetable for when the rest of the results/wild cards will be posted.
5:21 p.m. THIS JUST IN-THE HOLMDEL GIRLS WON ITS FIRST STATE TITLE IN 35 YEARS BY DEFEATING HADDONFIELD.!!!! CONGRATS!!!!
4:58 p.m. Best thing to do is to keep checking back for results at MileSplit because as soon as we get them they will be posted. But we have no idea when it will be. And as far as wild cards, that's going to take a while.
4:56 p.m. Getting lots of texts and tweets about the rest of the results and wild cards. Still waiting on Non-Public boys A, Girls and boys Group 2 and boys and girls Group 4.
4:30 p.m. REVISED BOYS GROUP 4 RESULTS!!!! CHEROKEE DEFEATS RIDGE 94-121. CHERRY HILL EAST IS THIRD WITH 122. NORTH HUNTERDON 4TH WITH 123.
IT'S CHEROKEE'S FIRST STATE TITLE SINCE 2007 AND ITS 6TH EVER!!
3:56 p.m. Yes, I'm still here, but my fingers are not. I'm now typing with my elbows!
3:33 p.m. BOYS GROUP 3 RESULT - Mendham wins 48-69 over West Windsor North.
Mendham goes 1-6-7-13-21 and averages 16:21!! WW North 4-12-14-17-22 and averaged 16:42!!!!
3:15 p.m. JACKSON BRADDOCK OF SOUTHERN WINS GROUP 4 in 15:49! Defending champ Ethan Wechsler of Cherokee charges hard and crosses 2nd in 15:51. Looks to be close between Cherokee and Cherry Hill East and North Hunterdon for the team title.
3:05 p.m. GIRLS GROUP 3 RESULTS- Middletown South wins with 69 points. First title since 2002. Colts Neck edged Mendham for second on a tiebreaker after both teams scored 96 points.
Middletown South-1-3-17-19-20 and averaged 19:42.
2:50 p.m. ATTENTION HADDONFIELD FIRE DEPARTMENT- GET READY TO GET THOSE ENGINES FIRED UP BECAUSE THE HADDONFIELD BOYS JUST WON ANOTHER STATE TITLE!!!!! TIME FOR ANOTHER VICTORY PAARDE!!!!
2:49 p.m. NEWS FLASH- BOYS Group 1 results are here- Haddon Township did indeed repeat as champs with 53 points. Shore Regional is 2nd with 142. Haddon Twp. went 4-8-12-14-15 and averaged 17:20.
2:45 p.m. Look out for Austin Gabay!!!!! 15:48 to win the boys Group 2 title!!!!
2:18 p.m. Gonzalez wins in 18:00 and it looks like North Hunterdon beat Ridgewood!!!
2:00 p.m. It's time for the girls Group 4 race!!! Ridgewood vs. North Hunterdon!! How low will Chloe Gonzalez??
1:48 p.m. Emma McGill of Voorhees wins the girls Group 2 state title in around 18:43. Angelina Perez of Lakeland 2nd in around 18:46.
McGill is the first state champ since the great Lanie Thompson won her third straight title in 2008. Thompson won 2 M of C titles during her legendary career.
1:30 p.m. Girls Group 2 is on the course.
1:16 p.m. IT'S ALL CBA!!!!!!! Game, set, match!!!! The Colts go 1-3-4-6-9 as all five are under 16:30!!! Shaw Powell leads the charge for CBA by winning his 2nd straight title in 16:00.
1:00 p.m. Here comes NJ#1 CBA!!!
12:50 p.m. UPDATE ON RESULTS - I KNOW EVERYONE IS WONDERING WHERE THE RESULTS ARE!! I feel your pain. There's an issue that's causing the times not to register properly, so there is a chance we won't be getting results of some of the earlier races until after the meet. Sorry, I'm just the messenger!
12:46 pm. TJ Harkins of Immaculata win the boys B race in 16:44!!! Newark Academy win its 2nd straight title and third in 5 years, 56-69 over Immaculata.
Newark Academy overcame a 1-2 finish by Immaculata by going 4-6-11-17-18. Newark Academy No. 5 finished ahead of Immaculata's No. 4 runner and was 19 spots ahead of
12:18 p.m. GET UR VANASSE THREE-PEAT ON!!!! She wins in 18:57!!! Great team battle goes to RBC, 46-48 over Union Catholic. RBC went 2-4-11-12-17 and averaged 20:12. UC went 5-6-8-14-15 and averaged 20:23.
A huge key for RBC was junior Kase Torchia coming up with the greatest race of her life!!! Torchia, RBC's usual No. 7 runner, ran 20:53, a Holmdel PR by 1:23 as she was the No. 5 runner for her team.
12:00 p.m. Girls A race is off. RBC and Nicole Vanasse of Pingry are the defending champs.
11:49 a.m. Haley Amisano of Mater Dei wins the girls Non-Public B in a huge PR 18:34!!! She's the fourth girls champ from Mater Dei and the first since Marie Walsh in 2008.
Villa Walsh wins the Non-Public B Team title, 62-67. Villa Walsh went 2-9-13-15-15 and Trinity Hall went 4-8-12-21-22. It's the fifth title in six years for Villa Walsh!
11:48 a.m. This is New Providence's third girls title. Also won in 2014 and 2015.
11:47 a.m. Ok. Here's the Group 1 girls team scores- New Providence wins, 76-78 over Schalick!!! NP goes 2-8-18-20-28. Schalick went 3-5-10-24-36.
11:20 a.m. GET UR MENDHAM BOYS 3-PEAT ON!!! NJ#5 Mendham ran its best race ever and defeated NJ#2 WW North. What a race by Coach Roy Hamblen's boys!!!!
11:14 a.m. HOLY SMOKES!!!!! GET UR JACK JENNINGS ON!!!! WHAT A RACE!!!! JACK JENNINGS WINS IN 15:19!!!!!! Liam Murphy 2nd in 15:21a!!! Antczak was third in 15:52. Jennings passed Murphy with about 100 yards left and hammered his way across the line. The times by Jennings and Murphy are two of the fastest times ever run in Holmdel Park history!!!!!!!
10:59 a.m. The much anticipated boys Group 3 race in on the course!!! Murphy, Jennings, Antczak and Johnson!!! Mendham vs. WW North!!!
10:46 a.m. Reed wins his 2nd straight title in 16:11!!! Haddon Township is rolling. They look like the team champ! That's 12 state titles for Haddon Twp. the 5th most in boys state history.
10:42 a.m. Still waiting on girls Group 1 team scores. You will get it the second that I get it.
10:30 a.m. Boys Group 1 is on the course. Sebastien Reed of Pitman and Haddon Township are favored to repeat.
10:20 a.m. Looks like Middletown South is going to win the girls Group 3 title. It's the first title for the Eagles since 2002.
10 a.m. Girls Group 3 race is off.
9:48 a.m. Corina Vidal wins again!!! She crosses in 19:48!!! Waiting on team scores
9:29 a.m. It's showtime!!! The girls Group 1 race is off!!!
9:15 a.m. 15 minutes until the first gun-Girls Group 1 gets things started. Corina Vidal of Henry Hudson is favored to win her 2nd straight title. Defending champion Mountain Lakes will once again be without No. 1 runner Sophia Lore.
8:35 a.m. Hey NJ XC fans, I'm here parked at the finish line ready to give you all the action as I get it. It's chilly and very windy-big headwind at the start!!!! This wind will be a major factor all day!!!
8:00 am - HERE WE GO!!!!
THE BEST DAY OF THE YEAR!!!!
IT'S THE STATE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!!
IT JUST DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS!!!!
An XC marathon of state championship races starts with the girls Group 1 race at 9:30 a.m. here at Holmdel Park!! There will be a race every 30 minutes.
Live updates will be filled in under the header.
The Meet of Champions (next Saturday at Holmdel) is a great day, but it comes and goes way too fast. Nothing compares to the State Group Championship because of the never ending drama that plays out over the greatest XC course there is for six straight hours of racing!!
The Group Championship meet is NJ XC's Mardi Gras!!!! Nothing better than seeing fans running all over the course screaming, blowing horns, banging drums, and many students/fans are always decked out in war paint and dressed in crazy costumes as they show off their school spirit!!!
When the day is done at NJ's XC Cathedral - 24 state champions will be crowned (12 teams/12 runners per gender). It was like the night before Christmas when I was kid last night-no sleep!!! Way too jacked up to keep my eyes closed!
QUICK REMINDER- THE BIGGER THE MEET AND MORE EXCITED I GET, THE MORE I TYPE IN ALL CAPS!!!
TODAY IS ONE OF THOSE DAYS!!!
GET UR ALL CAPS ON!
GET UR NJ XC ON!!!!
GET UR HOMDEL ON!!
GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE COMPETING!!!!
Just a heads up-The Wi Fi at Holmdel Park can be very spotty, so there is a chance that I will lose my connection at times today. I know how much you are relying on these updates, so I will be doing everything in my power to get you the latest info as quick as I can.
HEY XC FANS-DON'T FORGET- If you are coming to Holmdel Park for the meet, remember the parking rules-Parking for the Group Meet for both athletes and spectators will be at the Vonage facility, located on the corner of Route 4 (Holmdel Road) and County Road 520 (Newman Springs Road). Note-There's limited handicapped parking at Holmdel Park. Use lots A and D at Vonage. Shuttle buses will pick you up inside the lots on the road that circles the lots. This is the same procedure used last year. Spectators will be asked to pay a $1.00 bus fee to help defray the cost of the shuttle buses. This fee will be collected at the Vonage parking lot only.
ONE OTHER THING TO REMEMBER- The top 2 teams in each race will advance to the Meet of Champions and eight wild card teams per gender will advance.