Cross Country: New Providence Girls Take Group 1 Title, Boys Fall Just Short

One week after winning the North Jersey Section 2, Group 1 title (shown here), the New Providence girls' cross country team took the overall Group 1 championship on Saturday. Credits: TAP into New Providence Staff

HOLMDEL, NJ – New Providence senior cross-country star Jillian Turner’s magical year took another major step forward on Saturday. One week after winning the North Jersey Section 2, Group 1 Cross Country Championship, Turner dominated the field in Saturday’s NJSIAA Group 1 race, taking home the top spot and leading the Pioneers to an overall Group 1 title.

Turner conquered the 138-person race, finishing ahead of North Warren’s Nicole Ohannesia by 36 seconds.

The Pioneers had three runners place in the Top 10: No. 1 Jillian Turner(19:41), No. 5 Kelsey Turner (20:33) and No. 7 Megan Friscia (20:50). With a total race time of 1:44:42, the Pioneers easily defeated second-place team finisher Mountain Lakes by over 2 minutes.

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All seven Pioneer runners finished in the Top 56.

Complete New Providence Girls’ Cross Country Results (recorded by Fraulo Race Timing, LLC):

  • 1. Jillian Turner (19:41)
  • 4. Kelsey Turner (20:33)
  • 6. Megan Friscia (20:50)
  • 17. Sarah Zeto (21:36)
  • 29. Lauren Pope(22:02)
  • 43. Sydney Peng (22:28)
  • 50. Jacquelyn Keating (22:41)


On the boys’ side, Jordan Price fell 13 seconds shy of capturing the NJSIAA, Group 1 individual title during Saturday’s Group 1 Championship race.

Price, who led the Pioneers’ boys’ cross-country team to a North Jersey Section 2, Group 1 victory last week, personally winning the race for the third time in his career, finished second (16:28) in the Group 1 race to Hadden Township’s Owen Long (16:15)

New Providence’s Mark Pasquariello, Jr. finished sixth (16:45), leading the Pioneers to a Top 5 team finish in the race. The Pioneers’ two Top 6 individual placements were the only school to reach the feat in this year’s race.

Six of the seven Pioneer runners finished in the top half of the 143-runner field.

Complete New Providence Boys’ Cross Country Results (recorded by Fraulo Race Timing, LLC):

  • 2. Jordan Price (16:28)
  • 6. Mark Pasquariello (16:45)
  • 35. David Adams (17:48)
  • 58. Cheney Price (18:21)
  • 65. Brian Azevedo (18:34)
  • 66. Brian Madden (18:35)
  • 74: Brent Hoffman (18:47)


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