SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Jonathan Dayton Bulldogs won the UCC-Valley Division held at Warinaco Park on Oct. 22.  This was the third consecutive year that the Bulldogs have earned the top prize.
 
Sophomore Colin Riley won the individual championship running a 17:49 (5:34 avg) time on the 5150 meter course.  Colin is the first Bulldog to win an individual conference title race since Greg Marx did so in 1994.

Sophomore Allan-Jean Baptiste finished second setting his third consecutive personal best at Warinaco in 18:23 (5:45 avg mile). Allan’s pr in 2018 at the course was 25:12.

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Both young men set their sights on earning potential All-County selection at the Union County Championship to be held on Nov. 4.

Helping the team to the team title also were seniors who each set a career pr at Warinaco: Harrison Turner (19:58) and Luke Hernandez (20:17).  Senior Captain Frankie Sarracino finished tenth.  Sophomore Jaydan Martinez finished sixth and Jordy Frei finished seventh for the Bulldogs.  Excellent runs were also had by senior Ryan Sickinger and Junior Chris Ortiz.

Riley, Turner, Hernandez, Martinez were top 7 on a Conference champion for two consecutive years.  Two runners from the previous year senior Daniel Galao Birkmann and Junior Ian McLeer (both who would have had a chance at a third consecutive team title) were not able to participate.