Boys and girls cross country: St. Peter’s Prep and Villa Walsh win NJ Catholic Track Conference titles


Saturday’s New Jersey Track Conference Catholic Championship saw a familiar champion and another who stood atop the tag team standings for the first time in the event’s 60-year history.

For St. Peter’s Prep, No.17 in the Top 20, Saturday marked a historic debut title in the event as the Marauders placed four top nine runners, led by the reigning County Champion. Hudson, Alex Schimmel, who took second place behind Collin Boler of Delbarton.



Boler, a senior, continued his successful fall campaign as he made his way to the individual championship with a time of 15: 43.25, more than 19 seconds faster than the field. This is Boler’s third consecutive week with a championship as he previously won first place at the Morris County and NJAC Championships.

Following Schimmel (16: 02.49) was St. Peter’s Prep teammate Luke Bradley (16: 15.24), Pope John’s Kevin Matthews (16: 18.95), and Union Catholic freshman Evan Weber (16 : 19.66).

St. Peter’s Prep, with 31 points, beat Christian Brothers (66), Delbarton (103) and Union Catholic for the tag team title. When the championship was last held two years ago, St. Peter’s Prep finished eighth.

On the girls’ side, Villa Walsh reiterated her tag team title with a score of 62 with first year Ines Lemee leading the effort with a fourth place finish.

Reigning Union County champion Lily Murphy of Oak Knoll delivered a dominant performance to win the individual title, clocking 18: 43.29, one minute better than Payton Kochanski of Mount St. Mary’s Academy (19: 43.59). Madeline Barber of Trinity Hall was third (19: 45.73), followed by Lemee (19: 59.73) and Morris Catholic rookie Kate Veivia (20: 05.55).

Oak Knoll was second in the team competition with 94 points, followed by Morris Catholic (99) and Mount St. Mary Academy (109).

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