Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

A Breakdown of Saturday's Boys State Sectional Meets

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

A Breakdown of Saturday's Boys State Sectional Meets

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The cross-country state sectional meets are scheduled for Saturday, with the top five teams, and individuals in the top 10, qualifying for the state group meet Nov. 11 at Holmdel. The North 1 site is Garret Mountain in Woodland Park, and the North 2 site is Morris County Central Park (Greystone) in Parsippany. A breakdown:

Group 1

Starting time: 12:30 p.m.

New to the group: Mountain Lakes and Park Ridge/Emerson.

Last year's champions: James Draney of Bogota and the Bogota team (Jared Cooper and the Mountain Lakes team won North 2, group 2 last year).

Top returning runners: Cameron Gec, Wallkill Valley (2nd); Anthony Christiana, Hopatcong (7th); Thomas Hanisch, Wallkill Valley (10th). (Jared Cooper was 1st, Jeremy Anderson, Mountain Lakes was 4th and Spencer Gillies was 6th in North 2, group 2 and Jake Cooper, Park Ridge/Emerson was 5th in North 1, Group 2 last year).

Top 10 prediction: Cooper; Gec; Anderson; Jake Riley, North Warren; Cooper; Spencer Gillie, Mountain Lakes; Ryan Mernin, Hasbrouck Heights; Christiana; Nathan Armstrong, Pompton Lakes; Matt Konopinski, Butler.

Top five teams: Mountain Lakes; North Warren; Wallkill Valley; Hasbrouck Heights; Butler.

How the race will go: Mountain Lakes will breeze to victory and Hopatcong and Pompton Lakes can qualify with big races. Jared Cooper is the favorite and Jake Cooper (no relation) can be a factor.

Group 2

Starting time: 10:50 a.m.

New to the group: Dover, Dwight Morrow, Garfield, Lenape Valley and Morris Tech.

Last year's champions: NV/Demarest and Ty Miller, NV/Demarest.

Top returning runners: Jake Ragusa, NV/Demarest (7th); Gary Wilhelm, River Dell (10th).

Top 10 prediction: Tim Larsen, NV/Demarest; Dillon Jensen, Pascack Hills; Andrew Laguttuta, Glen Rock; Wilhelm; David Perry, Ramsey; Josh Munoz, NV/Demarest; Daniel Vides, Westwood; Ragusa; Joe McCabe, Glen Rock; Jesse Campoverde, Lakeland.

Top five teams: Demarest; Westwood; High Point; Pascack Hills; Glen Rock.

How the race will go: The Norsemen will have little trouble repeating and unless River Dell is healthy, the next four spots should be pretty well set. Individually, five runners have a chance of winning but it'll probably come down to Larsen and Jensen.

Group 3

Starting time: 11:15 a.m.

New to the group: Ramapo and West Milford.

Last year's champions: Tom Holster, Indian Hills and Indian Hills.

Top returning runners: Chris Leymeister, Indian Hills (8th); Justin Kim, NV/Old Tappan (10th).

Top 10 prediction: Steve Fiumefreddo, Indian Hills; Matt Salazar, Morris Hills; Matt Moreno, Morris Hills; Leymeister; Jimmy Quinn, Nutley; Kevin McNally, Morris Hills; Bobby Oehrlein, Indian Hills; Daniel Rivera, Morris Hills; Kim; Jonathan Marcus, Fair Lawn.

Top five teams: Morris Hills; Indian Hills; Montville; Old Tappan; Tenafly.

How the race will go: Five-time champion Indian Hills can match Morris Hills through three runners, but the Scarlet Knights have better depth and will break Indian Hills' five-year streak. …

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