Dylan Fritz kept improving throughout his cross-country career at Voorhees, and by the time his senior season ended, Fritz was Hunterdon County’s top runner at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions, finishing 36th overall.
That finish, along with helping Voorhees to titles at the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex meet and at the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 2 meet, makes Fritz the pick for the Hunterdon County Democrat’s boys cross-country Runner of the Year.
Fritz was part of Voorhees’ M of C team every year of his career, rising from the team’s seventh finisher as a freshman to its fourth as a sophomore and again as a junior, and finally to its lead runner this fall. Fritz hadn’t broken 17 minutes in seven races at Holmdel Park coming into the year, and then he surpassed it in all three visits to the course in 2019, turning in his best time at 16:34.77 at the M of C.
In his Holmdel debut in 2016, Fritz was one of only seven freshmen out of 187 runners at the meet.
“He ran very well as a freshman at a meet of that magnitude,” Voorhees coach Jeff Capone said. “We were pretty good that year and as he saw what the program was, I think he really was aware of what to expect sophomore, junior, and now his senior year, he’s one of our tri-captains this year, and he continually improved. He ran his best time at Holmdel on (Nov.) 23rd at the Meet of Champions.”
Fritz won the freshman race at the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex meet in 2016 and was part of Voorhees’ varsity seven at the counties meet each of the next three years, turning in top-10 finishes each time and closing his career with an H/W/S title in October in 16:37.24, finishing 4.7 seconds in front of sophomore teammate Jack Tavaglione.
That finish helped Voorhees keep its H/W/S title streak going into a seventh year, putting up 37 points to finish with a 54-point cushion over runner-up Pope John. Fritz then finished runner-up at the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 2 meet to lead three Voorhees runners in the top four spots and help deliver the program its second consecutive sectional title.
“I think he got that from his freshman year on, looking at the commitment of what the team does and what the program is,” Capone said. “The seniors leave a legacy from what they’ve done, and he’s going to be one of those guys that we’ll talk about. I’ll bring him up in the years to come. He left a great legacy running cross-country and I think he’s looking forward to, and obviously I’m looking forward to coaching him indoor and in spring track.”
Fritz’s four-year span at Voorhees included four H/W/S titles, four top-three finishes at the Skyland Conference meet, three sectional titles and a runner-up, top-three finishes all four years at the Group 2 meet, and full-team representation at the M of C each year. From his freshman-year M of C forward, Fritz was a part of the Vikings’ seven in all of those big meets.It’s that kind of tradition, culture and expectation that will widen an athlete’s focus beyond the self.
“All the goals and times we talked about were team-oriented,” Capone said. “We talk to the guys individually about what they want to do and where they’re at and realistically how they’re going to improve, but Dylan knew the legacy of the team and he wanted to win as a team. They wanted to keep our streak alive in the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex. They wanted to win another sectional title, (and) obviously we wanted to win another Group 2 title. Those were the kind of goals he set for himself and I think that’s how he pushed the other guys on the team, to remember that and keep the tradition of the program alive.”
Fritz helped keep that tradition alive, and Capone has another example to show Vikings to come of a runner who kept at it and whose results kept on trending upward.
Emma McGill added a state championship to her extraordinary XC season today at the Group 2 State Championships at Holmdel Park. This triumph marks her 7th meet championship this season! Dylan Fritz and Luke Higgins finished strong for the boys, in 4th and 7th place respectively. Both teams had a great day, each taking 3rd place overall in their races. It was truly a great day to be a Vike!!!
On the girls' side, Emma won with a time of 18:41, five seconds ahead of Angelina Perez of Lakeland Regional. Emily Sell finished in 16th place with a time of 19:54, Sophia El-Zahr took 30th in 20:38, Julia Romero 43rd in 21:08, Alina Staten 55th in 21:35, Emma Pankuck 61st in 21:44 and Kerrigan Brennan 78th in 22:14. The girls finished behind Holmdel and Haddonfield and there were 147 runners in the race. Emma will be racing next week, at the MOC, hoping to cap off her incredible season as the overall State Champion. Congratulations Emma and good luck next week!!
The girls await to hear if they qualify for a team wildcard spot next week at the Meet Of Champions. Way to go ladies!!!
For the boys, Dylan Fritz took 4th place with a time of 16:37 and Luke Higgins was right behind in 7th place with a time of 16:41. Jack Tavaglione crossed the line in 20th place at 17:08, Josh Kinsky 48th at 17:39, Matt Deacon 81st at 18:17, Nik Oliver 99th at 18:36 and Sam Dispenza 113th at 18:55. The boys finished behind Haddonfield and Bernards, and there were 155 runners in the race. Dylan and Luke will be running next week at the MOC and the boys also are hopeful that they too will qualify for a team wildcard spot next week. Great job guys!!! Good luck to Dylan and Luke at the MOC!
Watch Emma's post race interview on NJMilesplit here:
Emma McGill won her first sectional XC championship at the Central Region Sectional Championships at Thompson Park yesterday!!! She crossed the line with a time of 18:25, 31 seconds ahead of 2nd place finisher Molly Kate Sabia of Point Pleasant Boro.
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Emily Sell finished in 18th place with a time of 20:08, Sophia El-Zahr took 24th in 20:19, Emma Pankuck 30th in 20:55, Julia Romero 32nd in 20:56, Alina Staten 36th in 21:13 and Grace Pankuck 43rd in 21:53. As a team, the girls finished in 3rd place in Group 2 and all advance to the Group 2 State Championships at Holmdel next Saturday!!
Way to go ladies and good luck next week at Holmdel at the State Group Championships!!!
For the 6th year in a row, our boys' XC team is the Group 2, Central Section champions!!! Our Vikes finished 50 points ahead of second place Governor Livingston, 66-116, with an average time of 16:49. The boys had three runners finish in the top 5!!
Dylan Fritz and Luke Higgins crossed the line together, taking 2nd and 3rd places respectively, both with PR times of 16:20. Jack Tavaglione followed close behind in 4th place at 16:31, Josh Kinsky 16th at 17:09, Nik Oliver 41st at 17:48 (PR), Sam Dispenza 43rd at 17:49 (PR), and Matt Deacon 63rd at 18:24.
Great job boys!!! Good luck next week at Holmdel at the State Group Championships!!!!
Former Voorhees Girls' head coach Justin Cassavell has been named the 2019 NJAC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year by her peers as she led the Ramapo College program to its first NJAC Title in the nearly 60 year history of the NJAC Cross Country Championships. Six of her Ramapo College Roadrunners earned NJAC All-Conference honors. This is the second time Coach Cassavell has received this honor, having previously won the award in 2015.
Ramapo College continues to be a contender on the national scene in both cross country and track & field. Most recently Jeremy Hernandez became the NCAA Division III Indoor Champion in the men’s mile with a national record time of 3.59.01. He is the first NCAA Division III student-athlete to break a four-minute mile in the history of the sport.
Under Coach Cassavell, 14 individuals have qualified for the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships and she has mentored nine more to become NCAA All-Americans. Eight individual Ramapo women have qualified for the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships and four earned NCAA All-American honors. Amber Edwards became the 2018 NCAA Indoor National Champion in the triple jump with a mark of 12.52-meters (41’ 1.00”).
The Roadrunners return to action on November 16th when they travel to the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships held in Canton, NY.
Great job Justina and good luck in Canton!!
Lauren Wagner ('19) is having an incredible freshman XC season for her American University Eagles!! She has been the 1st place finisher for her team in all four meets they have competed in so far this season.
Lauren began the season on August 30th, finishing 27th at the Mount St. Mary's 5k. Then on Sept. 13th, she took 18th at the George Mason University Invitational. On September 20th, she grabbed 25th place at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational.
Lauren had her PR for the season most recently on Oct. 5 at the Paul Short Run at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. She finished in 32nd place out of 368 runners in the brown race with a time of 21:57, helping American finish 14th out of 44 teams. In the race, she finished 2nd out of all Patriot League women and 6th among all freshmen.
You can watch Lauren and her American University team compete this Saturday at the Leopard Invitational at Lafayette University in Easton, PA.
Use this link to read more about Lauren's great season !!
Good luck Lauren and keep running strong!!! You make us so proud!!!
The Varsity Boys team finished 1st overall at the XC Fall Classic at Thompson Park in Jamesburg on Saturday! The boys just edged out 2nd place Old Bridge, 71-75.
Dylan Fritz was the top Viking finisher, taking 3rd place overall at 16:21. Jack Tavaglione grabbed 5th at 16:30, Luke Higgins 6th at 16:32, Josh Kinsky 24th at 17:19, Matt Deacon 33rd at 17:29, Sam Dispenza 69th at 18:31 and Nik Oliver 72nd at 18:37.
The JV Boys took 2nd place in the JV B race, finishing behind Allentown HS. Christian Beard led the way, taking 2nd place at 18:35. Will Keiser took 6th place at 19:00, Owen Minor 7th at 19:10, John Newell 16th at 19:45, Garrett Kluthe 19th at 20:11, Ryan Firko 34th at 20:52, Evan Masiello 36th at 20:58, and Crosby Wilken 52nd at 21:32.
In the Boys Frosh race, Andrew Stein finished in 32nd place at 15:29, Lucas Garcia 40th at 15:56, Connor McIsaac 74th at 17:19 and Nick O'Brien 100th at 18:36.
Great job gentlemen!!! Keep training hard and finishing strong!!! We are so proud of you!!!
Voorhees led by Dylan Fritz's victory, maintained its stranglehold on the boys title by rolling to its seventh straight title, and Hunterdon Central and Emma McGill of Voorhees continued their strong seasons with victories at Thursday's Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex County Championships at the Phillipsburg Athletic Complex.
In the boys race, Fritz (16:37) and rising sophomore star Jack Tavaglione (16:40) went 1-2 to ignite the attack for Voorhees, which went 1-2-4-14-16, averaged 17:13, and had a split of 1:22 on the way to a convincing 37-91 victory over runner-up Pope John.
Fritz, who was second as a junior last year, has quietly put together a very strong season as the leader of the pack for Voorhees. He's dropped big PR's on every course he's raced on this season, including a 13 second improvement from the 16:50 he ran on the very rugged 3.1-mile course at P-Burg last year when he was fifth at the Skyland Conference Championships.
While Fritz might be a bit under some people's radar this year, watch out for him at the conference, sectionals, and state's. He has the talent and potential to drop even more time and be a major contender in every race he runs.
The rest of the scorers for the Voorhees boys were senior Luke Higgins fourth in 16:53, senior Josh Kinsky, 14th in 17:56, and sophomore Matt Deacon, 16th in 18:00.
On the girls side, McGill, a junior, continued her torrid campaign on the trails by winning her fifth major title this fall. McGill ran 19:14 to finish first by 40 seconds over junior Laurel Kurtzof Hunterdon Central. McGill, fourth at the HWS meet last year, has now improved her times on every course she's run this season.
October 5, 2019
PR's were dropping and our runners were flying as Emma McGill won her 4th race of the young 2019 XC season and the Boys' Varsity, Girls' Varsity and Girls' JV took 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their group races yesterday at the New Balance Shore Coaches Invitational at Holmdel Park yesterday!!!
Emma McGill led our Lady Vikings to a 2nd place team finish in the Varsity D race, winning the race with a PR of 18:52, 26 seconds faster than last year's race. Emily Sell took 6th place at 19:48 (PR of 1:37), Darby Roskowski 19th at 21:11, Alina Staten 34th at 21:41, Emma Pankuck 39th at 21:50 (PR of 1:47), Zoey Cassavell 40th at 21:51 and Julia Romero 41st at 21:56. There were 21 teams and 154 runners in the race.
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Dylan Fritz led our Viking Boys Varsity to a 1st place team finish in the Varsity D race, in 6th place with a time of 16:40, a 24 second PR! Luke Higgins grabbed 7th at 16:44 (PR of 25s), Jack Tavaglione 8th at 16:47, Matt Deacon 38th at 18:07, Nik Oliver 39th at 18:09 (PR of 8s), Josh Kinsky 40th at 18:10 and Sam Dispenza 49th at 18:21 with a huge PR of 2:05!! Way to crush it Sam!! There were 27 teams and 183 runners in the race.
In the remaining races, the Girls' JV team finished 3rd out of 12 teams in the JV C race, the Boys' JV finished 12th out of 20 teams in the JV C race and the Boys' Freshmen finished 13th out of 17 teams.
To see all of our teams' results, go to
Great job everyone!!!
Our Lady Vikings took 1st place in the Varsity D race and 2nd in the JV C race today at the Six Flags Safari Invitational!!!
Emma McGill led the way today with a 3rd place finish at 18:28, followed by Emily Sell in 6th place at 19:41, Darby Roskowski in 15th at 21:07, Grace Pankuck in 23rd at 21:30, Julia Romero in 28th at 21:52, Alina Staten in 29th at 21:53 and Emma Pankuck in 37th at 22:28. There were 119 runners from 16 teams.
In the JV C race, our ladies were just edged out by St. Marks H.S., 40-45. Zoey Cassavell led the way with a 1st place finish at 21:31. She was followed by Kerrigan Brennan in 5th place at 22:44, Cecelia Jelvani in 10th at 23:14, Gabrielle Jelvani in 11th at 23:26, Mia Abramo in 23rd at 24:38, Lindsay Kinsky in 30th at 25:35, Cate O'Brien in 40th at 26:42 and Alyssa Pershad in 42nd at 26:58.
There 106 runners on 10 teams.
Great job Ladies! You had an incredible day!!!
To establish an educational and supportive environment for the young men and women of the Voorhees Cross Country and Track & Field teams by providing financial support, administrative assistance, coordination of social activities and philanthropic efforts.
Our booster club is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that supports Voorhees High School’s Cross Country and Track & Field Programs. Although the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School district provides the majority of the financial resources needed to assist athletes and coaches alike in a program as successful as Voorhees’s, the role of the booster club is to provide additional financial and volunteering support to both the Cross Country and the Track & Field teams.
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Brendan is a senior at Bucknell University, majoring in political science and economics. He competes on the XC team and runs the 800, 1,500 and 3,000 meter events on their track & field team.
Matt is a senior at Bucknell University, majoring in political science and economics. He competes on the XC team and runs the 3,000 and 5,000 meter, and steeplechase events on their track & field team.
Evan is a junior at Bucknell University, majoring in economics and German. He competes on the XC team and runs the mile, 1,500, 3,000 and 10,000 meter events on their track & field team.
Nick is a senior at Fordham University, majoring in economics. He competes on the XC team and runs the mile, 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 meter events on their track & field team.
Robert is a senior at Cornell University, majoring in civil engineering. He competes on the XC team and runs the DMR, 3,000 and 5,000 meter events on their track & field team.
Nick is a senior at Moravian College, majoring in physical therapy. He competes on the football team and throws javelin for their track and field team.
Alainna is a sophomore at the University of Maine and will be competing on their track and field team this winter and spring.
Chris is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, competing for both their cross country and track and field teams.
Chad is a sophomore at New York University majoring in business. He throws shot put and javelin for their track & field team this winter and spring.
Jack is a sophomore at Bucknell University and is competing on their track & field team this winter and spring
Nicole is a sophomore at the University of Rhode Island majoring in textile and design. She competes for both their cross country and track and field programs.
Kevin is a freshman at Johns Hopkins University and will be competing on their track and field teams.
Lauren is a freshman at American University and will be competing on both their cross country and track and field teams.
Daniel is a freshman at Bates College and will be competing on both their cross country and track & field teams.
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