Haddonfield, Winslow, Pennsauken, Deptford Win SJ Titles

The Haddonfield girls tied the state record by winning their 10th title, the Pennsauken boys, behind Bryce Tucker's four golds, won for the first time, Winslow captured its fourth straight girls trophy, and the Deptford boys rolled to a team title at Friday's South Jersey, Groups 2-3 Championships at the Bennett Center in Toms River.


In one of the most amazing displays of depth that yo will ever see, the Haddonfield girls swept the top three places in all three distance races by using nine different athletes!!! That comes to 24 points in each race for a total of 72 points, which was more than enough by itself to win the Group 2 title. 

But Haddonfield also showed its much more than a one dimensional team by scoring an additional 30 points in other events to finish with 102 points, 53 more than runner-up Delsea.

This is the third straight title for the Dawgs, and their 10th overall, which ties them with Ridge for the most in state history. Ridge captured its 10th championships by winning the North Jersey, Section 2 Group title last weekend. The indoor state sectionals meet began in 2008.    

Haddonfield's previous nine titles came in 2008, '09, '11, '12, '14, '15 and '16 in Group 1, and in 2019 and '20 in Group 2. The meet was not held last year.

Here is how Haddonfield scored all their points.
In the 800, Stella Stolarick (PR of 2:25.68), Thea Spellmeyer (2:26.96) and Maya Carey (PR of 2:29.30) went 1-2-3. Jess Goode (PR of 5:21.33), Libby DeMichele (5:22.38), and Riley Slootsky (PR of 5:28.18) took the top three spots in the 1,600. In the 3,200, Audrey Naticchia (11:24.35), Helene Usher (11:53.33), and Ava Thomas (11:53.91) grabbed the first three places.

Haddonfield also picked up 10 points from Livsey Kegler, who was second in the hurdles (PR of 9.13) and  and fifth in the 55 dash (PR of 7.61). Franchesca Richards was second in the high jump (4-10), Grace Malcarney was fifth in the hurdles (PR of 9.58), and the 4x400 squad was second (4:22.21).

In the field, Fiona Mamas placed sixth in the pole vault (7-6) and Maeve DiMarino finished sixth in the high jump (PR of 4-8). 


The Winslow girls, led by triple-winner Jaia James, continued its dominance in Group 3 with a 69-48 victory over runner-up Toms River South for their fourth straight and eighth overall.

Winslow's eight sectional titles ties it with Bernards and Ridgewood for the third most in state history. Only Haddonfield and Ridge have won more sectional championships among girls teams.      

Winslow racked up 64 of their 69 points in the 55 dash, the hurdles, the 400, and the 4x400.

James led a 1-3-5 finish for Winslow in both the 400 (she won in a PR of 59.95), the 55 hurdles (she was first with another PR of 8.72), and she led a 1-2 finish for her team by winning the 55 dash in 7.28. Winslow also picked up 10 points by winning the 4x400 in 4:12.32.  


Bryce Tucker put on another sizzling show as the junior at Pennsauken struck gold four times to spark his team to its first sectional championship ever.

Tucker won the 400 in 49.80, the 800 in 2:00.23, the 55 hurdles in 7.72, and ran a leg on the 4x400 that finished first in 3:28.12, to lead Pennsauken to a 74-65 victory over runner-up Timber Creek in the Group 3 competition.

Several other athletes shined for Pennsauken, who received all its points from underclassmen.  

Junior Joel Oquendo second in the 1,600 and third in the 800 for 14 big points, and he was a member of the 4x400. Junior Premier Wynn placed second in the 400, sixth in the dash, and he ran on the relay. Sophomore  Elijah Jennings placed second in the 55 dash. Junior Kahlil Ali placed sixth in the 400, and ran on the 4x400, and sophomore Ladanian McGrath finished fifth in the 800.



Lathan Brown was a triple-winner to fuel the Deptford boys to a 75-59 over runner-up Delsea in the Group 2 competition. It's the second title for Deptford, which captured its first championship in 2019.

Brown, a junior, won the 400 in 50.59, captured the 800 in 2:00.42, placed third in the hurdles in a PR of 8.23, and ran on the winning 4x400 that ran 3:37.15. 

Senior Gursharan Singh and sophomore Manny Perdue were also very instrumental in Deptford's march to the title. 

The versatile Singh won the pole vault (12-6), cleared 5-8 to finish third in the high jump, and he ran 8.37 to place fourth in the hurdles.

Perdue led a 1-3-4 finish for Deptford in the hurdles with a winning time of 8.14, which is a new PR.