High schools across the state took part in the 2017 New Balance Shore Coaches Invitational at Holmdel Park in Holmdel on Oct. 7. Several girls’ cross-country runners in the region stood out during the races.
Matawan Regional High School’s Rachel Kenny won the Girls’ Varsity D race with a time of 19:18.
“I was definitely hoping to win,” Kenny said. “I saw that it was a competitive field, so I knew it would be a tough race. I wanted to see at the beginning how everyone else did and then ease into when I wanted to break away.”
Kenny admitted that the weather that day was a factor. Most of the day was hot and humid.
“It definitely made me think a lot about the race,” Kenny said. “It’s always a little nerve-wracking because if the race is hot, it gets tough. I tried not to be too concerned about it. I stayed in the shade. I drank a lot of water, so it didn’t really affect me too much.”
As a team, Matawan finished sixth in the race with 212 points and had an average time of 21:55.
Red Bank Catholic High School finished fourth in the race with 93 points and an average time of 20:57.
The Caseys were led by Maddy Kopec, who finished seventh with a time of 20:00.
Holmdel High School finished seventh with 216 points and an average time of 22:10.
Emily Levonas, who finished 15th with a time of 20:51, led the Hornets.
Red Bank Regional High School won the Varsity C race with just 63 points and an average time of 21:02.
Red Bank Regional was lead by Charlotte Cochrane, who finished fourth in the race with a time of 20:09. Some of her teammates with high finishes included Catherine Wimmer, who finished eighth with a time of 20:38; Claudia Kelly, who finished 12th with a time of 21:03; and Christina Wichman, who finished 13th with a time of 21:12.
Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School placed sixth in the team standings with 155 points and an average time of 22:17.
The Bulldogs were led by Julia Tambaro, who finished 10th with a time of 20:48.
South Brunswick High School finished sixth in the Varsity A race with 178 points and an average time of 21:14.
Rebecca Hartman placed ninth in 20:11 to lead the Vikings.
Another impressive team was Sayreville War Memorial High School, which finished 11th in the race with 296 points and an average time of 22:01.
The Bombers were steered by Kayla Rosario, who was 10th with a time of 20:11.
Other notable teams included East Brunswick High School, Old Bridge High School, Howell High School and Freehold Township High School, which were 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd in the team standings, respectively.
Devon Hoernlein led the way in Allentown High School’s fifth-place showing in the team standings of the Varsity B race. Hoernlein crossed the finish line fourth with a time of 19:08. As a team, the Redbirds had 217 points and an average time of 21:27.
Colts Neck High School finished 10th with 263 points and an average time of 21:52, while Jackson Memorial High School was 15th with 391 points and an average time of 22:48.
Colts Neck was led by Natalie Shapiro (20:47), Eva Gibson (20:48) and Colleen Megerle (20:53), who came in 20th, 21st and 22nd, respectively.
Alexa Robinson led Jackson Memorial by placing 36th with a time of 21:26.
Shore Regional High School finished 10th in the Varsity E race with 265 points and an average time of 24:08.
Pari Walter was Shore Regional’s top finisher, claiming 30th place with a time of 22:32.