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2 years ago by Phil Anastasia

Haddonfield's Briana Gess takes 1,600 at Meet of Champions

 

Briana Gess has been racing for most of her life.

 
 

She is used to tough competition. She is used to winning, too - especially in the 1,600 meters in the Meet of Champions. This was something new.

This was a step-for-step, elbow-to-elbow sprint between Gess, a Hadddonfield junior, and Freehold Township senior Ciara Roche for the final 100 meters of the event at Central Regional High School. "I've never been in a race like that," Gess said after her dramatic victory. "It was neck-and-neck all the way down the stretch. It was a great experence."

Gess pulled a step on front after the runners clanged elbows with about 20 meters to go to win the race for the third consecutive year. Her time was 4 minutes, 50.09 seconds.

"It was so exciting to be part of it," Gess said.

Gess' third consecutive victory in the 1600 meters was part of a imposing showing by South Jersey athletes at the gathering of top finishers from last weekend's state championship meets.


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