HOLMDEL - Jackson Braddock won the Group IV State Championship on Saturday at Holmdel Park. Braddock finished the 3.1-mile course in 15 minutes, 49 seconds. Jackson defeated defending champion Ethan Wechsler of Cherokee who finished two seconds behind him at 15:51.

Only a junior, Braddock began the season winning at the Cherokee Challenge in early September. He’s also the Ocean County, Shore Conference and South Jersey Group IV champion.

Braddock’s win makes him a top contender for next Saturday’s Meet of Champions. He will compete against the top 10 finishes in each Group championship on Saturday at Holmdel Park.