Haddonfield Girls, Deptford Boys Nab Group 2 Relay Titles

Haddonfield broke the meet record for the most points scored by a girls team, and the Deptford boys edged Rumson for the boys title at Monday's NJSIAA Group 2 Relay Championships at the Bennett Center in Toms River.

The team titles by Haddonfield and Deptford completed a remarkable run of dominance at the state relays by South Jersey, which captured seven of the eight public school team championships. The other five titles for SJ came from the  Cherokee girls and Kingsway boys in Group 4, the Pennsauken boys and Winslow girls in Group 3, and the Willingboro boys in Group 1.       

Monday's state relay finale saw the Haddonfield girls capture its second straight title and eighth overall by racking up 63 points to take down the girls Group 2 record of 62 points that had stood since Notre Dame tallied that total at the 1992 meet at Jadwin Gym in Princeton.  

The eight state relay titles by Haddonfield, who won by 17 points over Rumson and Point Pleasant Boro, who tied for second with 46, is the fourth most by any girls team in state history. Only Willingboro (11), Columbia (10) and Hopewell Valley (10) have won more. Haddonfield 's championships have come in 2000, '01, '03, '14, '16, '17, '20, and '22., The first six titles for Haddonfield came in Group 1, and the last two in Group 2. 

Haddonfield was just too balanced and deep for any team to challenge! The Dawgs placed third or better in eight of the nine events and had an astounding 18 athletes score on its march to history!!! 

The Dawgs won three races, the distance medley relay in 12:55.17, the shuttle hurdles in 35.42, and the 4x800 in 10:00.65, tied for second in the pole vault, placed second in the SMR, and finished third in the 4x400, third in 4x200, and third the high jump. 

In the DMR, Audrey Naticchia (1200), Thea Spellmeyer (400), Jess Goode (800), and Helene Usher (1600) teamed up to finish first. The winning 4x800 consisted of Libby DeMichele, Riley Slootsky, Stella Stolarick, and Goode. DeMichele (7-0) also combined with Fiona Mamas (8-0) to tie for second in the vault.
The members of Haddonfield's victorious shuttle hurdle crew were Livsey KeglerGrace MalcarneySydney Bonner, and Audrey Adams. Malcarney also cleared 4-8 when she combined with Franchesca Richards (4-10) to place third in the high jump, and she ran the 400 leg on the SMR. Kegler was also part of the 4x200 and ran a 200 leg on the SMR, while Naticchia anchored the SMR, Spellmeyer ran a leg on the 4x400, and Ava Peifer ran on the 4x200, and 4x400 for the Dawgs. 

The other four girls who scored for Haddonfield were Maya Carey (4x400), Chloe GwakuMaeve Hurley (4x200), and Juliet Walls (4x200).  

Haddonfield also received career best performances from Moira Geiger and Clare Malcarney, who each unloaded personal bests in the shot put.


The Deptford boys came through in the clutch in the final event to nip Rumson, 34-32.50, to win its second state relay title. Deptford won its first state relay championship in 2019.

Deptford held a 32-22.50 lead over Rumson heading into the meet-concluding 4x400, so that meant that all Deptford had to do to nail down the title was to finish anywhere in the top six. Rumson won the 4x400 in 3:36.61 to earn 10 points to finish the meet with 32 points. Deptford did what it needed to do as Lathan Brown, Miles Williams, Christian Berry, and Abu Jabbie combined to place fifth in 3:41.57 to pick up two points to win the championship by 1.50 points.

Deptford scored 28 of its 34 points on the track as the Spartans won the 4x200 in 1:34.43, placed second in the shuttles in 33.54, second in the sprint medley relay in 3:45.01, and fifth in the 4x400.Gursharan Singh (5-8) and Kymir Stewart (5-2) combined to finish a very crucial third in the high jump to pick up six points.

Several athletes shined for Deptford.  

Brown, Williams, and Berry, who ran on the 4x400, also  teamed up with Lloyd Boggs to win the 4x200 for Deptford. Singh, Brown, Manny Perdue, and George Rodgers ran on the shuttles, and Brown, Boggs, Williams, and Carter shared the baton in the SMR.