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VIDEO, PHOTO GALLERY: Little Five cross country races

Crest Memorial's Sofia Jurusz leads the pack at the start of the girls race.

  • Crest Memorial's Luke Basile heads to the finish.
  • Wildwood's Burke Fitsimmons heads down the final stretch of the race as St. Joseph's Manny Aponte trails on right.
  • Wildwood's Josue Palomer (front) and Richard M. Teitelman's Jakob Hansen.
  • Bishop McHugh's Dusty Laricks heads up the ramp onto the boardwalk.
  • St. Joseph's Vinny Polistina (left), Crest Memorial's Jack Del Monte (center) and Bishop McHugh's Zachary Marks run off the beach onto the boardwalk.
  • Wildwood's Jorge Cruz won the boys race by more than 30 seconds over the rest of the competition.
  • Wildwood's Jorge Cruz is the first to reach the boardwalk after running the beach part of the course during the Little Five cross country meet.
  • Runners race down the boardwalk at the start of the boys race. Pictured are (from left) Richard M. Teitelman's Anthony Cardaci, Margaret Mace's Cole Oravits, Crest Memorial's Brian Cunniff, Teitelman's Jose Mendoz and Phinneaus Duffy and Wildwood's Zander Conrey.
  • Wildwood's Jorge Cruz leads the pack at the start of the boys race.
  • Crest Memorial's Regan Kobierowski.
  • Margaret Mace's Sophie Wilber.
  • Crest Memorial's Maya Jurursz.
  • Bishop McHugh's Mackenzie Palek.
  • Margaret Mace's Macie McCracken (left) and Cape Trinity's Reagan Flickinger run to second- and third-place finishes, respectively.
  • Crest Memorial's Sofia Jurusz runs to victory in the girls race at the Little Five cross country meet.
  • Crest Memorial's Sofia Jurusz leads the pack at the start of the girls race.
  • The girls race begins at the Little Five cross country meet.

WILDWOOD — Eighth-graders Jorge Cruz of Wildwood Junior High and Sofia Jurusz of Crest Memorial Elementary won the respective boys and girls races at the Little Five cross country meet that began and finished on the boardwalk in front of the Wildwoods Convention Center Thursday afternoon.

The meet brought together the boys and girls cross country teams from eight different grammar schools from Cape May and Atlantic counties. Each race was 1 ½ miles in length.

Cruz, a first-year competitive runner, ran away from the field in the boys race, posting a time of 9 minutes, 16.6 seconds, to beat the field by more than 30 seconds.

Bishop McHugh’s Zachary Marks was second in 9:47.1, St. Joseph’s Vinny Polinstina placed third in 9:50.0, Crest Memorial’s Jack Del Monte finished fourth in 9:59.9 and Bishop McHugh’s Charlie Dunner was fifth in 9:53.5.

Bishop McHugh scored 59 points to win the team championship ahead of St. Joseph (62), Wildwood (67), Crest Memorial (90), Margaret Mace (101), Richard M. Teitelman (135), Cape Trinity (170) and Woodbine (no score).

The boys race featured 55 finishers.

Jurusz was also a comfortable winner in the girls race, recording a time of 10:23.9.

Margaret Mace’s Macie McCracken placed second in 10:45.7, Cape Trinity’s Reagan Flickinger finished third in 19:49.9, Bishop McHugh’s Mackenzie Palek posted a fourth-place effort in 10:56.3 and Woodbine’s Jada Alston was fifth in 11:12.0.

Margaret Mace, which also finished its regular season unbeaten in dual meets, scored 52 points to beat Crest Memorial (57), Cape Trinity (73), Richard M. Teitelman (99), Woodbine (122), Bishop McHugh (128), Wildwood (153) and St. Joseph (no score).

The girls race had 79 finishers.

The event was sponsored by the Optimist Club of the Wildwoods. Timing was executed by DelMoSports.

— Brian Cunniff