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VIDEO, PHOTO GALLERY: ‘Little 5’ cross country meet held on Wildwoods Boardwalk

  • Nick Galinus of St. Joseph (Somers Point) won the Wildwood Island Run "Little 5" meet's boys race.
  • Matt Heirholzer of St. Joseph (Somers Point) placed second.
  • Zach Marks of Bishop McHugh (foreground) and Nate Bennington of Crest Memorial were third and fourth, respectively.
  • Bishop McHugh's Charlie Dunner heads to the finish.
  • Crest Memorial's Jack DelMonte
  • Bishop McHugh's Dustin Laricks
  • Bishop McHugh's Matt Kemenosh and Wildwood's Joey Mormile
  • Crest Memorial's Eddie Lord
  • Cape Trinity Catholic's Blake Rosenello
  • Margaret Mace's Tyler Brown
  • Crest Memorial's Brian Cunniff
  • Margaret Mace's Billy Rutherford
  • Participants run down the boardwalk at the start of the girls race
  • Bishop McHugh's Sam Marks won the Wildwood Island Run "Little 5" meet's girls race.
  • Crest Memorial's Sofia Jurusz placed second in the girls race
  • Chloe Malone of St. Joseph (Somers Point) finished third in the girls race
  • Wildwood's Ava Troiano
  • Bishop McHugh's McKenzie Palek (foreground) and Crest Memorial's Matiann Kurtz.
  • Crest Memorial's Julia Mohr.
  • Crest Memorial's Halle Hopping.
  • From left, Bishop McHugh's Adrianna Gray-Rivera, Crest Memorial's Ava Sorensen and Cape Trinity's Olivia Clark.

WILDWOOD – Wildwood Middle School hosted the annual Wildwood Optimist Island Run “Little 5” cross country meet Thursday afternoon.

The meet, which included six grammar school teams, started and finished on the boardwalk near the Wildwoods Convention Center and included separate boys and girls races of 1.5 miles.

Nick Galinus of St. Joseph (Somers Point) won the boys race in 9 minutes, 7.7 seconds. He finished ahead of teammate Matt Heirholzer, who finished second in 9:14.6.

Bishop McHugh’s Zach Marks was third in 9:23.7, Crest Memorial’s Nate Bennington placed fourth in 9:29.3 and St. Joseph’s William Murray rounded out the top five in 9:30.1.

St. Joseph won the team title in the boys race with 33 points to beat Bishop McHugh (54), Crest Memorial (64), Cape Trinity Catholic (119), Margaret Mace (123) and Wildwood (129).

The boys race included 56 finishers.

Sam Marks of Bishop McHugh placed first in the girls race in 9:45.3. Crest Memorial’s Sofia Jurusz was second in 9:49.1, St. Joseph’s Chloe Malone finished third in 10:08.6, Bishop McHugh’s Sammy Andress ended fourth in 10:20.2 and Wildwood’s Ava Troiano placed fifth in 10:20.7.

Bishop McHugh won a very close team competition in the girls race with 60 points to finish ahead of Crest Memorial (63), Cape Trinity Catholic (69), St. Joseph (78), Margaret Mace (95) and Wildwood (115).

Eighty-seven runners finished the girls race.

The event was sponsored by the Optimist Club of the Wildwoods.

— Brian Cunniff