WESTFIELD BOYS XC TO COMPETE IN MEET OF CHAMPIONS 11/21
The Westfield Blue Devils will run in the Meet of Champions today at 2 p.m. at Holmdel Park. Westfield qualified for the MOC by placing second in the Group 4 State Championship on Saturday. Westfield, ranked 7th in the state, will be battling powerhouse teams aiming for one of the five spots on the podium.
WESTFIELD TAKES SECOND PLACE IN GROUP 4 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
New Jersey’s 7th ranked Blue Devils Boys Cross Country team was the clear underdog in this year’s Group 4 Championship, which took place on Nov 17. Earlier this season, #6 ranked West Windsor-Plainsboro South, with its top three runners returning from last year, had posted strong times at Holmdel Park. Although only three of the Westfield runners had raced at Holmdel this season, all seven Blue Devils posted personal records times. However, West Windsor ran the fastest average team time that any Westfield team has faced in Group 4. As in the Sectional race, North Hunterdon held a lead over Westfield at the two mile mark, but Westfield powered through the last mile to pull out second place finish.
The race featured 10 of the top 20 teams in the state, with #8 Ranked North Hunterdon taking third place in the race. Matt Luppino took 3rd place, and was followed across the line by Kevin Smith, Rob Marczydlo, Michael Reilly, Dan Luzzi, Philip Edwards, and Jason Colasanti.
WESTFIELD CAPTURES THIRD STRAIGHT NORTH 2 GROUP 4 SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Westfield Blue Devils Cross Country team won a tough battle of four ranked teams Saturday to win its third straight North 2, Group 4 Section at Greystone Park in Morris County. Westfield beat No. 8 North Hunterdon, No. 14 Hunterdon Central, and No. 19 Ridge on a course that it had never run before. The race was moved from Warinanco Park as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
Westfield’s Junior Matt Luppino placed first, with Kevin Smith(4) and Phil Edwards(8) also finishing in the top 10. With North Hunterdon placing three runners in the top 10, Westfield was slightly behind in points. However, Westfield’s Rob Marczydlo, Dan Luzzi, Michael Reilly, and Jason Colasanti finished strong to make up the difference. Westfield’s next three runners all finished ahead of North Hunterdon’s No. 4 runner to seal the victory.
Results: 1-Westfield 40. 2-North Hunterdon 57. 3-Hunterdon Central 83. 4-Ridge 110
WESTFIELD XC WINS FOURTH STRAIGHT UNION COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP
The Westfield Blue Devils, led by Matt Luppino, won its fourth consecutive Union County Championship on October 24th at Warinanco Park. The match featured a much-anticipated dual of Luppino vs. Summit’s Leland Jones. The two runners led the entire way, with Luppino pulling away in the last mile to capture the Union County title. The team Championship was not in doubt, as Luppino, Rob Marczydlo, Phil Edwards, Dan Luzzi, Michael Reilly, Kevin Smith, and Jack Campbell all finished in the top 20 to give Westfield a team score of 38. Union Catholic placed second with a score of 81.
WESTFIELD TAKES FIRST PLACE IN COUNTY CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
Westfield dominated the 2012 Union County Conference – Watchung Division Championship at Warinanco Park on October 16. Led by Matt Luppino, who took first place in the conference race, Westfield placed all seven runners in the top 10. Results: Matt Luppino(1), Dan Luzzi(3), Michael Reilly(4), Patrick Terry(5), Kevin Smith(6), Jack Campbell(8), Michael Esler(9).
In the JV race, Westfield swept the first 12 spots to win the JV championship. Results: Phillip Edwards (1), Rob Marczydlo(2), Jason Colasanti(3), Dalton Herzog(4), Jimmy Jin(5), Matt Russo(6), Andrew Stockwell(7).
In the freshman race, Westfield also took first place, with Ryan Siegel taking the top spot, followed by Nicholas Antonelli, Darian Siegel, Anthony Scalia, Alexander Hall, Michael Masciale, and Alex Campbell all finishing in the top 10.