Absegami Runners Drown Sorrows on Ocean City Beach

Absegami Runners Drown Sorrows on Ocean City Beach

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Korey Greene makes the final turn off the boardwalk en route to his first place finish in 16:48 to pace Ocean City's 15-50 defeat of Absegami and identical 15-50 win over Atlantic County Institute of Technology in Tuesday's tri-meet at Ocean CIty.

File this one under ‘only in Ocean City.”

The Ocean City High School boys Cross Country team had just finished trouncing Absegami 15-50 , and Atlantic County Institutue of Technology, also by a 15-50 count, when something unusual happened.

The Absegami runners jogged of the OCHS track, crossed the boardwalk and ran down to the beach at 5th Street.  There, they kicked off their running shoes and bolted into the unseasonably warm surf.

It wasn’t a total loss for the Absegami Cross Country team, which, after getting crushed 15-50 to Ocean City, jogged out to the beach and went for a late season swim at America’s Greatest Family Resort.

“Well, this is something they couldn’t do anywhere else,” a parent of an Absegami runner said. “The loss didn’t seem to bother them much. I think a few of them are upset they left their surfboards at home.”

The Braves frolicked in the surf, much to the amusement of the Ocean City girls team, which also dominated its tri-meet, beating ACIT 15-48 and Absegami 15-50.

With the wins, Ocean City boys improved their record to 8-0 in dual and tri-meets; the girls went to 9-0 on the season.

An Absegami runner joins his teammates for a dip in the Atlantic after getting trounced 15-50 at the hands of Ocean City on Tuesday

Korey Greene was the top overall finisher in 16:48, with Jesse Schmetzer taking second in 17:10. The next six runners to score were also Red Raiders: Gavyn Fox, Anthony Conte, Tyler Greene, Luke Kamer, Steve Gooden and Mike Farley.  Esteban Delgado (18:07) was the first Brave to score, finishing ninth, and his teammate Keyshawn Joga rounded out the top 10.

Ocean City girls were just as dominant, earning eight of the top 10 places. Alexa Weber paced the field in 20:03 followed by teammates Casey McLees, Alexa Palmieri, Mickey Baker and Nicki Brady.  Ariana Ramirez of ACIT took sixth, followed by Brook Far, Ava Auwater and and Marissa Guido, all of Ocean City; and Absegami’s Sarah Stokes rounding out the top 10.

Red Raiders’ boys harriers, ranked number 8 in South Jersey, continued their great season Tuesday with a dominating performance against Absegami and Atlantic County Institute of Technology.

As the Braves boys took advantage of America’s Best Beach, according to Coastal Living Magazine, a spectator shook his head in disbelief.

“What a bunch of tourists!” one observer was heard to say.