Steinert’s Woolf, Nottingham’s Torres running for a berth in Cross Country MOC

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Nottingham’s Jon Torres, shown running to a fourth-place finish at this year’s Mercer County meet, is coming off a second-place showing in the CJ III meet as he eyes a berth in the Meet of Champions (Photo by John Blaine).

By Rich Fisher

Nov. 10: While plenty of township eyes will be focused on home playoff football games for Nottingham and Steinert on Saturday, it is worth noting that cross country runners from the same two schools will also be trying to make their mark on the state of New Jersey.

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Steinert’s Samantha Woolf, shown running during her sophomore year, will try and close out her senior season by reaching the Meet of Champions with a Top 10 Group III finish Saturday (Photo by John Blaine).

Nottingham’s Jon Torres and Steinert’s Sam Woolf will both be competing in the NJSIAA Group III Championships at Holmdel Park tomorrow, after enjoying Top 5 finishes at the Central Jersey Group III meet this past Saturday.

Torres was outstanding at Thompson Park in Jamesburg, as he ran a 15:53 to finish second to Brick Township’s Damien Dilcher. Torres and Dilcher (15:32) were the only two runners in the race to finish under 16 minutes.

The senior’s time was a whopping 31 seconds faster than the 16:03 he ran in the Mercer County Championships at Thompson Park, in which he took fourth place.

Woolf continued her standout senior season by taking fifth place at Thompson Park in Jamesburg, running a time of 19:57.50. Woolf was one of just five girls to break 20 minutes in the race.

Sam’s 46-second drop in time was even bigger than Torres’ at Thompson, as Woolf ran a 10th-place clocking 20:43 in the Mercer County meet.

The Group III girls race begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by the boys’ race at 11:30. The top 10 finishers in each race advance to the Meet of Champions, along with wildcard finishers.

About The Author

Rich Fisher has been around the Hamilton Township sports scene for so long that he actually got Rich Giallella’s autograph when Giallella was still a player! Proud product of Hamilton YMCA and Lou Gehrig baseball leagues and former teammate of Jim Maher on a very average Barton & Cooney rec basketball team, Fish graduated from Nottingham Junior High and Steinert High school and has covered township sports since 1980. His goal in life is to convince Maria Prato that Jersey tomatoes are at least 100 times better than California tomatoes.