Here are the top teams and individual performers from New Jersey heading into this XC season at Holmdel Park. Some teams look pretty stacked! All these times were run last season at the historic State Championship course.
Three boys return under 16 minutes from last season including Jack Jennings of Mendham, Liam Murphy of Allentown, and Ethan Wechsler of Cherokee. Murphy is the top returner from the Meet of Champions placing third behind that epic 1-2 finish by Devin Hart and Jack Stanley. Seniors make up the top five, Edwin Klanke is the top junior ranking sixth at 16:02, Jack Moran of Wall is the top sophomore coming in at 37th with a 16:53.
The outdoor 1600m Meet of Champions winner Chloe Gonzalez is the top returner for the girls by 10 seconds at 18:09, the North Hunterdon senior was second at the XC Meet of Champions last fall. She is one of three girls under 18:30 from last season also including Daisy Liljegren of Northern Highlands at 18:19 and Caroline Mehlhorn of Montgomery at 18:25. Mehlhorn is the top sophomore entering the fall, the top juniors are Mia Dubac of Clifton and Emma McGill of Voorhees who are tied at #13 running 19:17.
The returning boys squads feature a tight race upfront with CBA, Westfield, and Cherokee all scoring from 111 to 125 points. The Ridgewood girls also lead the way returning four freshmen from last year and five of their top seven at the Meet of Champions. Holmdel and Indian Hills behind them closing out the top three.