Kevin Cianfarini Leads Eagles XC to Top 10 at States

West Deptford places four runners in the top 50 to finish eighth overall at the championship meet.

West Deptford’s Kevin Cianfarini raced to a top-30 finish and the Eagles boys’ cross-country team scored its best finish in the last decade in Group 2 at the state championships at Holmdel Saturday.

Cianfarini put up a 17:19 at the notoriously difficult Holmdel Park course to pace the team, which bunched four runners in the top 50 to finish eighth overall, the first time it’s cracked the top 10 in recent history.

Just behind Cianfarini were Jon Ladner (17:28, 36th), Ray Parsons (17:35, 39th) and Dale Johnson (17:47, 49th). The Eagles also got a key contribution from freshman Mitchel Wiliczek (18:28, 92nd), who helped clinch the top-10 spot as a team.

Andrew Coppola (18:55, 116th) and Matt Shinkle (18:58, 117th) rounded out the race for West Deptford.

The Eagles missed out on seventh place as a team by a single point in what was a tightly contested team race—just 36 points separated fifth from 10th places.

On the girls’ side, Millie Kipp was 45th in 21:14 to close out her season.

Albert Niko November 19, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Nobody cares about cross country!
Kevin Cianfarini November 20, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Sir, I would love to see you come out and run with the team, It would be a pleasure to watch you keep up with us, and then maybe, just maybe, you will gain a little respect for the sport of Cross Country. Only until then may you say nobody cares, because to me, I saw several hundred people make time to come to this meet, as well as states, which has people numbered in the thousands. Good day to you, Kevin
Just doing what's right November 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Way to go Kevin and awesome rebuttal to Mr. Niko. Mr. Niko, your comment was unnecessary. I care about cross country. It's a sport which builds character, endurance, stamina, self esteem and also prepares our youth for perhaps winter and spring sports as well as digging deep inside of themselves to realize what potential they have to finish this race or finish with a faster Personal Record. Shame on you for making such a statement.
Tom Purvenas November 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Great job Team!


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