Gill St. Bernard's Klein equals third-fastest girls' time at Holmdel in Somerset County history

Gill St. Bernard's Klein equals third-fastest girls' time at Holmdel in Somerset County history

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Gill St. Bernard's Klein equals third-fastest girls' time at Holmdel in Somerset County history

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HOLMDEL

Although she didn’t cross the finish line first in the NJSIAA cross country Meet of Champions at Holmdel Park Saturday, Gill St. Bernard’s senior Dana Klein still managed to make history.

Not only did she place sixth on the afternoon, earning a spot on the awards podium, Klein finished in a final time of 18:22, good enough to equal the third-fastest girls’ time at Holmdel in Somerset County history.

Not a bad way to cap off a high school cross country career.

“It was definitely the most challenging race I’ve run all season,” Klein said. “The girls went out so fast and it was really competitive from the beginning. Mentally, it was probably the hardest race to stay in because I’ve been running by myself a lot this season. I’m really happy how it turned out and I know I gave it my all.”

A stark contrast between her junior season and senior season, Klein didn’t even make the top 20 in last year’s MOC. So, you could imagine how excited she was finishing in the top six this year.

“This year has been the biggest growing year for me,” she said. “The way my coaches have trained me has been incredible. Everything just came together.”

On the boys’ side of things, Westfield was able to place fourth overall in the team standings, garnering a place atop the podium as well.

“We came in fifth (in the seeding from groups), and we were hoping to do better than that so, obviously, coming in fourth is solid,” Westfield coach Chris Tafelski said.

Seniors Matthew Luppino, Phillip Edwards, Andrew Stockwell, Dalton Herzog, Michael Esler along with junior Matthew Russo and sophomore Ryan Siegel contributed to the Blue Devil cause on Saturday. Luppino led the way with a 12th-place finish in 15:51.

“We averaged 16:41 last week, 16:37 today. Our top two teams (ever) averaged 16:30 and 16:31, so this might be the third-fastest team we’ve had,” Tafelski said.

Impressive, considering how much Westfield’s seven turned over from last fall.

“With such a big team, the majority of our top seven are going to consist of seniors because they have more time to accumulate the workload,” Tafelski said. “It’s rare for young kids to be in our top seven, so we’re turning over a lot. We graduated five or our top seven each of the last three years. What you don’t see from the varsity races are all the kids pounding away in the background (on JV). They wait their turn, they’re patient and they take advantage of the opportunity.”

The Voorhees girls squad took ninth in the team standings, led by Clarissa Modde’s 11th-place showing in 18:34. Individually, Pingry senior Liam Mullett placed 15th in the boys’ race with a time of 15:53.

BOYS RESULTS

Teams Scores: 1. Christian Brothers 51; 2. Don Bosco Prep 104; 3. West Windsor-Plainsboro South 179; 4. Westfield 191; 5. Middletown North 201; 6. Pope John 219; 7. Haddonfield 237; 8. Morristown 241; 9. Cherry Hill East 242; 10. Highland Regional 244; 11. Millburn 247; 12. Delbarton 261; 13. Summit 285; 14. Haddon TWP. 323; 15. Walkill Valley 358; 16. Bernards 388; 17. Pingry 403; 18. Gill St. Bernard’s 472; 19. New Providence 500; 20. Oratory Prep 581.

Top Individuals: 1. Mike McClemens (CBA) 15:26; 2. Dylan Tarpey (Freehold TWP.) 15:32; 3. Louis Corgliano (Hammonton) 15:35; 4. Kyle Kroon (Toms River South) 15:37; 5. Steve Maine (Highland Regional) 15:42; 6. Mike Higgins (Don Bosco) 15:42; 7. Craig Corti (Walkill Valley) 15:44; 8. Blaise Ferro (CBA) 15:45; 9. Josiah Hanko (Trinity Christian) 15:46; 10. Tom O’Neill (Middletown North) 15:47; 11. Scott Meehan (Pope John) 15:50; 12. Matthew Luppino (Westfield) 15:51; 13. Tom Rooney (CBA) 15:51; 14. Tom Vinci (WWP-South) 15:52; 15. Liam Mullett (Pingry) 15:53; 16. Kyle Levermore (Don Bosco) 15:55; 17. Chris Luciano (Mountain Lakes) 15:55; 18. Brenden Ungemach (Wayne Hills) 15:56; 19. Leland Jones (Summit) 16:01; 20. Justin Lippert (Middletown North) 16:03; 21. Bobby Gonzalez (Don Bosco) 16:03; 22. Robert Stone (Millburn) 16:05; 23. Fran Bogan (CBA) 16:06; 24. Sean Lyons (Morristown) 16:11; 25. Tommy Teachen (Hopewell Valley) 16:12.

GIRLS RESULTS

Team Scores: 1. Randolph 106; 2. Red Bank Catholic 113; 3. Rumson-Fair Haven 140; 4. West Windsor-Plainsboro South 159; 5. Haddonfield 164; 6. Ridgewood 166; 7. Shawnee 176; 8. Mount Olive 191; 9. Voorhees 205; 10. Seneca 216; 11. Immaculate Heart 250; 12. Academy of the Holy Angels 252; 13. Middletown North 259; 14. Pitman 352; 15. North Warren 369; 16. Robbinsville 377; 17. Kent Place 440; 18. Pingry 471; 19. Villa Walsh 540.

Top Individuals: 1. Briana Gess (Haddonfield) 17:45; 2. Josette Norris (Tenafly) 18:12; 3. Mackenzie Barry (West Morris Mendham) 18:12; 4. Elizabeth Lansing (Randolph) 18:14; 5. Courtney Thompson (St. John Vianney) 18:16; 6. Dana Klein (Gill St. Bernard’s) 18:22; 7. Grace Dwyer (Hamilton North) 18:30; 8. Marin Warner (Holmdel) 18:36; 9. Julia Guerra (Indian Hills) 18:37; 10. Sierra Castaneda (West Morris Central) 18:39; 11. Clarissa Modde (Voorhees) 18:44; 12. Mara Schiffhauer (Seneca) 18:49; 13. Amanda Corbosiero (Mount St. Dominic) 18:50; 14. Brennan Sharkey (West Morris Central) 18:50; 15. Alexandra Juzwiak (Middletown North) 18:52; 16. Christina Rancan (WWP-South) 18:56; 17. Eve Glasergreen (North Hunterdon) 18:58; 18. Lauren Zodl (Pinelands) 19:00; 19. Eryn Mills (Red Bank Catholic) 19:01; 20. Calleigh Higgins (Pope John) 19:02; 21. Rachel Belmont (Old Bridge) 19:02; 22. Julia DeSpirito (Shawnee) 19:03; 23. Ashleigh Thurston (Morris Hills) 19:03; 24. Carole Harsch (Randolph) 19:04; 25. Kelly Shaffer (South Hunterdon) 19:04.

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