FLEMINGTON, NJ - On Sunday, Nov. 4, youth runners from New Jersey gathered at Deer Path Park in Flemington, NJ for the premier USATF New Jersey State Jr. Olympic Cross Country Championship. Top 15 runners received medals; top 3 teams and the top 30 individual runners advance to Regional USATF XC Championships in Belmont Plateau, PA on November 18th.

Forty-Three members from the Berkeley Heights PAL running program were among the eighteen cross country teams and nearly 500 runners from across New Jersey. Twenty-nine PAL runners advanced to the regional championships, Twenty-two medaled and five age-division teams placed top three in the state.

The Girls 11-12 age-division Cross Country team won the state title in the 3000 meter event. The Fab-Five girls Coached by Coach Cathy Mersereau and Coach John Kavanagh were well prepared for a crack at the title. Leading runner Danya Spoor with teammates Ellie Robertson, Sam Richter, Gwen Mersereau and Mia Maselli went hard from the gun and never looked back. The muddy course was a huge challenge as it zapped their strength with every step. Their hard work paid off as the girls stayed tight as a group and beat 2nd place Garden State Track Club by 24 points. No time to rest as they get ready for the next challenge in two weeks.

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Other notable team titles go to 9-10 Boys 3000 meter with 3rd Place, 11-12 Boys 3000 meter with 2nd Place, 13-14 Boys 4000 meter with 2nd Place and 13-14 Girls 4000 meter with 3rd place. .

Coach SanAntonio said "Excellent teamwork and sportsmanship by our team members. Love to see all the happy faces. They take every challenge as a stepping stone. Next stops, Regional, Footlocker and finally the National."  

Official Results:http://www.mctrack.org/JuniorOlympics/PJuniorOlympics.htm

Top 30 individuals and top 3 teams Advance to Regional



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8U Boys 2000 meter 
2 Yue, Christopher  6:33.6     8:09.2  (Medaled)
7 Kim, Joshua 7:24.3     9:12.1  (Medaled)

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8U Girls 2000 meter 
4 Frank, Rebecca   7:20.4     9:07.3  (Medaled)     
11 Melchiorre, Ali   8:24.6    10:27.1  (Medaled)     
13 Quinn, Maggie  8:29.3    10:32.9   (Medaled)

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9-10 Boys 3000 meter (3rd Place Team)
3 Frank, Nicholas   6:26.0    11:59.6   (Medaled) 
5 Abbey, Louis   6:35.5    12:17.2   (Medaled) 
10 Cruz, Simon   6:57.3    12:57.8     (Medaled) 
27 Melchiorre, Jack  7:33.3    14:04.9    
32 Weissman, Tyler  7:44.5    14:25.9 

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9-10 Girls 3000 meter 
11 Romero, Sofia 7:29.4    13:57.6 (Medaled)
12 Dougherty, Fiona   7:33.7  14:05.6 (Medaled)

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11-12 Boys 3000 meter 
(2nd Place Team)
3 Hunt, Thomas  5:56.9    11:05.3  (Medaled) 
9 Burkitt, Andrew   6:17.5    11:43.8  (Medaled) 
12 Silver, Owen 6:19.2    11:46.8  (Medaled) 
21 Ocello, Nicholas  6:32.2    12:11.1    
23 Vilarin, Andrew  6:33.9    12:14.2   

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11-12 Girls 3000 meter (1st Place Team)
2 Spoor, Danya   6:12.8    11:35.0 (Medaled) 
4 Robertson, Ellie   6:28.4    12:04.0 (Medaled) 
8 Richter, Samantha     6:34.1    12:14.7  (Medaled) 
10 Mersereau, Gwen  6:44.7    12:34.4  (Medaled) 
29 Maselli, Mia  7:37.0    14:11.8 

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13-14 Boys 4000 meter (2nd Place Team)
10 McGrath, Patrick  6:03.5    15:03.5  (Medaled)
11 Ryan, Colin   6:03.9    15:04.5 (Medaled) 
12 Frank, Joseph    6:04.3    15:05.4  (Medaled) 
30 Yarad, Nicholas   6:41.1    16:36.8 
33 Chiefa, Michael  6:45.4    16:47.5   
  
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13-14 Girls 4000 meter (3rd Place Team)
9 Ocello, Hannah   6:34.9    16:21.5    8   (Medaled) 
14 Matthews, Alexis    6:54.8    17:10.9   13   (Medaled) 
19 San Antonio, Emma    7:11.9    17:53.5   18  
27 Majewski, Mia   7:29.0    18:35.9   23   
39 Golub, Hannah     8:20.5    20:43.9   33