By Paul Schwartz – Record Sports Department

Can Hasbrouck Heights become the first North Jersey Group 1 state champion in nearly 20 years?

Palisades Park completed its remarkable six year run by winning a third Group 1 state championship in 2000. Since then Kinnelon (2005-2006), Bogota (2016) and Hasbrouck Heights (2018) have finished second in the group 1 meet and the Aviators return six of the seven runners who brought home the silver medal last fall and earned a trip to the State Meet of Champions for the first time.

Coach Mike Ryan’s top runner from last fall, Jeremy Bailey, has graduated but the Aviators return junior Jake Porco, senior Nick Bua, soph Evan Morrow, junior Cole Sonzogni, and seniors TK Kasper and TJ Singh. The first five had a very solid 47 second gap at the Group 1 meet, and the Aviators probably start the year narrowly ahead of defending champ Haddon Heights and strong Mountain Lakes and New Providence teams. Hasbrouck Heights has a chance to become the first Group 1 team to top’s end-of-season rankings, although Bogota won Bergen titles in 1959 and 1960. But it won’t be easy.



2. Hasbrouck Heights

3. West Milford

4. NV/Demarest

5. Northern Highlands

6. Lakeland

7. Don Bosco

8. Fair Lawn

9. Indian Hills

10. Kinnelon

11. Hackensack

12. Secaucus

13. Bergen Catholic

14. NV/Old Tappan

15. Passaic

16. Clifton

17. Westwood

18. Wayne Hills

19. Passaic Tech

20. Pompton Lakes

21. Bergen Tech

22. Paramus

23. River Dell

24. Bogota

25. Passaic Valley