Henderson Leads the Field: Top 350+ Boys' 3000 Meter Returnees

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The Jake Brophy-Dominic Hockenbury duel in the 3000 meters at the PTFCA Indoor State Championships last winter was one that will go down in history. After he looked like he had nothing left in the tank, Brophy summoned an amazing kick in the final lap to run down Hockenbury and steal the state title---Brophy's first and only track state championship.

While those two battled to the finish, possibly lost in the mix was a terrific race from JP McCaskey's Nathan Henderson. Henderson steadily moved up in the pack in the states 3K and with a few laps to go, he found himself in third, and then eventually passed the eventual winner Brophy. Henderson wound up third in a great time of 8:36.

Henderson rode that into the outdoor season where he beat both Brophy and Hockenbury in the Penn Relays' 3000 meters, before injuries hampered the rest of his season. That indoor states race served as a catalyst for Henderson, who took second in the state in XC and qualified for this weekend's Foot Locker Nationals race.

This year, Henderson is the top returner and definitely one to watch in the 3000 meters this winter.

His best challengers could be the Affolder brothers, depending on what events they choose to focus on this season. Noah Affolder was the only one to beat Henderson at XC states and has a terrific resume from his time in New York (before he transferred to Carlisle this past summer). His brother Sam Affolder is another one that should factor in, but a lot depends on what events they want to race this indoor campaign.

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Germantown Friends' Nick Dahl should be in the mix. The Yale-bound senior ran 8:37 for 3K last winter, but he put his team's interests first at states, running in the 4x800 and DMR. Dahl may look for individual glory in his final season and he can definitely contend.

Pleasant Valley's Seth Slavin is the only other returning medalist from this race last year besides Henderson. Slavin had a big indoor season last winter and after a strong XC season, he'll be a serious contender for another medal this year.

Owen J. Roberts' Liam Conway, Baldwin's Casey Conboy, and Neshaminy's Rusty Kujdych also return from the state meet last year. Kujdych had a huge fall in XC that included a District 1 AAA individual title and the junior should be in line for another improvement on the track.

A handful of others will be looking to crack into the state meet and have a shot at a medal. Some of those names include Matthew D'Aquila (Lower Merion), Ryan James (Cardinal O'Hara), Zach Lefever (Ephrata), Connor McMenamin (Souderton), and Spencer Smucker (West Chester Henderson).

3,000 Meter Run

Rank Time Athlete/Team Grade Meet Date Place
1 8:36.81
J.P. McCaskey
2017
2 8:37.72
Germantown Friends School
2017
3 8:48.44
Pleasant Valley High School
2017
4 8:48.60
Neshaminy
2018
5 8:51.13
Springfield (Delco)
2017
6 8:55.90
Baldwin
2017
7 8:56.66
Owen J. Roberts
2018
8 9:00.00
Lower Merion
2017
9 9:00.99
Souderton Area
2017
10 9:01.11
West Chester Henderson
2018
11 9:02.08
Ephrata
2017
12 9:04.00
Cardinal O'Hara
2017
13 9:07.11
Episcopal Academy
2017
14 9:07.58
Mercyhurst Preparatory
2017
15 9:12.62
Jersey Shore Area
2018
16 9:14.13
Holy Ghost Preparatory School
2017
17 9:14.50
State College Area High School
2017
18 9:15.80
State College Area High School
2017
19 9:16.96
West Chester Henderson
2017
20 9:17.26
LaSalle College High School
2017
21 9:17.48
Haverford Township HS
2017
22 9:17.63
Wilson (3)
2018
23 9:18.99
Spring Ford
2018
24 9:19.76
Hickory
2018
25 9:20.01
Western Wayne
2018
26 9:21.17
North Pocono
2017
27 9:21.54
Spring Ford
2018
28 9:21.58
Penncrest
2018
29 9:21.75
Cardinal O'Hara
2017
30 9:22.63
Cheltenham
2017
31 9:22.93
Central Bucks East
2017
32 9:24.47
Grove City Area
2017
33 9:24.93
Downingtown West
2017
34 9:25.10
Downingtown West
2017
35 9:26.30
Souderton Area
2017
36 9:26.38
Hatboro Horsham
2018
37 9:26.46
Baldwin
2017
38 9:26.89
William Tennent
2017
39 9:28.27
Bradford Area
2018
40 9:28.31
Cardinal O'Hara
2017
41 9:28.50
Twin Valley
2017
42 9:29.17
William Tennent
2018
43 9:29.37
Holy Ghost Preparatory School
2017
44 9:29.47
George School
2019
45 9:29.48
Episcopal Academy
2018
46 9:31.28
Conestoga
2018
47 9:31.40
Holy Ghost Preparatory School
2017
48 9:32.30
Hershey
2018
49 9:32.67
North Penn
2018
50 9:32.78
Coatesville
2017
51 9:33.46
Pennsbury
2017
52 9:33.59
Coatesville
2017
53 9:34.06
Central Bucks West
2017
54 9:34.09
Academy of the New Church
2017
55 9:34.87
Cardinal O'Hara
2017
56 9:35.49
Germantown Friends School
2018
57 9:35.52
Hempfield (3)
2017
58 9:36.58
Council Rock North
2018
59 9:36.93
Msgr Bonner & Abp Prendergast HS
2018
60 9:37.21
Council Rock North
2017
61 9:37.40
Lower Dauphin
2017
62 9:37.90
Parkland
2017
63 9:38.27
Abington Heights
2018
64 9:38.38
Spring Ford
2018
65 9:38.46
Butler
2018
66 9:38.78
Fox Chapel Area
2017
67 9:39.05
Penn Hills
2017
68 9:40.26
Academy Park
2017
69 9:40.47
West Chester Henderson
2017
70 9:42.19
Germantown Friends School
2018
71 9:42.69
Cardinal O'Hara
2018
72 9:44.00
State College Area High School
2019
73 9:44.25
Central
2018
74 9:44.50
Great Valley
2017
75 9:44.68
Council Rock North
2018
76 9:45.44
Conestoga
2019
77 9:45.52
Downingtown West
2019
78 9:45.85
Downingtown West
2017
79 9:45.87
Boyertown
2018
80 9:46.09
The Haverford School for Boys
2017
81 9:46.28
North Penn
2019
82 9:47.05
Greensburg Salem
2019
83 9:47.23
Pleasant Valley High School
2018
84 9:47.59
Central Dauphin
2017
85 9:47.88
Hatboro Horsham
2019
86 9:47.99
Canon-McMillan
2017
87 9:48.13
Hatboro Horsham
2017
88 9:48.36
Lower Merion
2017
89 9:48.47
The Hill School
2017
90 9:48.53
Chartiers Valley
2018
91 9:49.28
Twin Valley
2017
92 9:49.50
Masterman
2018
93 9:49.61
West Chester Henderson
2017
94 9:49.76
West Chester Henderson
2018
95 9:49.95
Williamsport Area
2018
96 9:50.35
Abington
2018
97 9:50.44
Danville Area
2017
98 9:50.53
Council Rock South
2018
99 9:50.64
Daniel Boone
2018
100 9:50.72
North Penn
2018
101 9:50.79
West Chester Henderson
2017
102 9:50.93
Bensalem
2018
103 9:50.96
Twin Valley
2019
104 9:51.05
Punxsutawney Area
2017
105 9:51.07
Homer Center
2018
106 9:51.47
Cedar Crest
2018
107 9:51.50
Twin Valley
2017
108 9:52.02
Bishop Shanahan
2018
109 9:52.08
Central
2017
110 9:52.30
Wissahickon
2018
111 9:52.53
The Haverford School for Boys
2017
112 9:52.55
Unionville
2017
113 9:53.44
Pottsgrove
2017
114 9:53.82
Warwick
2017
115 9:53.85
West Chester Henderson
2019
116 9:54.47
Cedar Crest
2018
117 9:54.52
Council Rock South
2017
118 9:54.59
Downingtown West
2018
119 9:54.74
Bishop Shanahan
2019
120 9:54.80
Kennett
2017
121 9:54.87
Trinity (7)
2019
122 9:55.33
Harriton
2017
123 9:55.40
Mifflin County High School
2019
124 9:55.67
Lower Merion
2019
125 9:55.78
William Tennent
2018
126 9:55.83
Twin Valley
2018
127 9:56.13
Central Bucks West
2017
128 9:56.93
Butler
2019
129 9:57.14
Downingtown West
2019
130 9:57.50
Downingtown East
2017
131 9:57.62
Montrose
2017
132 9:58.41
Central Bucks East
2017
133 9:59.08
LaSalle College High School
2018
134 9:59.69
Mount Lebanon
2018
135 10:00.20
Carlisle
2017
136 10:00.31
Lower Merion
2018
137 10:00.66
Downingtown East
2018
138 10:00.96
Carlisle
2017
139 10:00.99
Scranton
2017
140 10:01.00
Easton Area
2018
141 10:01.67
Cardinal O'Hara
2018
142 10:01.87
Great Valley
2019
143 10:02.30
Hershey
2017
144 10:03.60
Chambersburg
2017
145 10:04.16
Central Bucks East
2017
146 10:04.81
Loyalsock Township
2018
147 10:04.97
Pittsburgh Central Catholic
2018
148 10:05.26
Lower Moreland
2017
149 10:05.72
Pennridge
2017
150 10:05.80
Penns Valley Area
2018
151 10:06.47
Pleasant Valley High School
2017
152 10:07.16
Germantown Academy
2017
153 10:07.26
Cardinal O'Hara
2017
154 10:07.33
Glen Mills Schools
2018
155 10:07.49
Great Valley
2018
156 10:08.53
Spring Ford
2019
157 10:08.95
North Penn
2018
158 10:09.16
Bensalem
2019
159 10:09.47
North Penn
2019
160 10:10.10
West Chester Henderson
2018
161 10:10.37
Souderton Area
2019
162 10:11.18
Dallas
2019
163 10:11.50
Penncrest
2019
164 10:11.62
The Hill School
2019
165 10:12.04
West Chester Henderson
2017
166 10:12.29
Harriton
2018
167 10:12.82
Cedar Crest
2019
168 10:13.11
Hamburg Area
2018
169 10:13.30
Montoursville Area
2017
170 10:14.67
North Hills
2019
171 10:14.73
Central Bucks South
2017
172 10:14.74
Avon Grove
2018
173 10:14.93
Radnor
2018
174 10:15.14
Downingtown West
2018
175 10:15.16
Central Bucks East
2019
176 10:15.30
Central
2017
177 10:15.34
Upper Dublin
2018
178 10:15.37
Spring Ford
2017
179 10:15.46
Conestoga
2017
180 10:16.50
State College Area High School
2018
181 10:16.87
Great Valley
2019
182 10:17.81
Holy Ghost Preparatory School
2018
183 10:18.18
Hamburg Area
2018
184 10:18.44
Shenango
2017
185 10:18.84
LaSalle College High School
2017
186 10:18.93
Abington Friends
2017
187 10:20.42
Sun Valley
2018
188 10:20.59
Butler
2018
189 10:20.80
Laurel Highlands
2018
190 10:20.91
Upper Moreland
2018
191 10:21.02
Upper Dublin
2019
192 10:21.10
Avon Grove
2017
193 10:21.57
Unionville
2017
194 10:21.77
Montour
2017
195 10:21.89
Wissahickon
2017
196 10:22.37
Unionville
2017
197 10:23.22
Baldwin
2019
198 10:24.10
Cumberland Valley
2019
199 10:24.15
West Allegheny
2018
200 10:24.17
Methacton
2019
201 10:24.22
Easton Area
2018
202 10:24.53
West Chester Henderson
2019
203 10:24.88
West Chester Henderson
2019
204 10:25.10
Central Dauphin East (CD East)
2017
205 10:25.28
Bishop McDevitt
2018
206 10:25.78
Conestoga Valley
2019
207 10:26.00
Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy
2017
208 10:26.60
LaSalle College High School
2017
209 10:27.40
Mifflin County High School
2017
210 10:27.48
Cedar Crest
2017
211 10:27.62
Saint Joseph's Prep
2017
212 10:27.81
Easton Area
2017
213 10:27.89
Pennsbury
2018
214 10:27.94
Bellefonte Area
2018
215 10:30.40
Mifflin County High School
2017
216 10:30.74
Hatboro Horsham
2017
217 10:30.92
Bethel Park
2017
218 10:31.20
North Penn
2017
219 10:31.58
Hempfield (3)
2017
220 10:33.49
Methacton
2019
221 10:33.56
McDowell
2018
222 10:34.73
Plymouth Whitemarsh
2017
223 10:34.75
Cheltenham
2018
224 10:35.50
Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy
2018
225 10:35.63
Harriton
2018
226 10:36.00
Shenango
2018
227 10:36.18
West Allegheny
2018
228 10:36.26
Butler
2018
229 10:36.81
Masterman
2018
229 10:36.81
Ringgold
2017
231 10:37.00
Carlisle
2019
232 10:37.39
Montour
2018
233 10:37.67
Downingtown West
2018
234 10:37.70
Mifflin County High School
2018
235 10:37.73
Wyomissing Area
2019
236 10:37.92
Bradford Area
2017
237 10:37.99
North Schuylkill
2017
238 10:38.50
Chambersburg
2019
239 10:38.53
Wissahickon
2018
240 10:38.80
State College Area High School
2019
241 10:39.09
Pittsburgh Central Catholic
2017
242 10:39.48
Montour
2019
243 10:39.52
Spring Ford
2017
244 10:39.61
Jenkintown
2019
245 10:39.65
Friends' Central
2017
246 10:39.73
Kiski Area
2018
247 10:40.06
Downingtown West
2018
248 10:40.20
State College Area High School
2017
249 10:40.36
Marian Catholic
2018
250 10:40.76
Coatesville
2019
251 10:40.80
Chambersburg
2019
252 10:40.81
Springfield (Delco)
2017
253 10:41.78
Sun Valley
2018
254 10:42.72
Friends' Central
2018
255 10:43.18
Mount Carmel Area
2017
256 10:44.34
Butler
2017
257 10:44.52
Neshaminy
2018
258 10:44.60
Cedar Cliff
2017
259 10:44.64
Archbishop Carroll
2019
260 10:44.72
Upper Saint Clair
2018
261 10:45.69
Gettysburg Area High School
2018
262 10:47.31
Fox Chapel Area
2019
263 10:48.64
Ringgold
2017
264 10:48.74
Upper Dublin
2019
265 10:48.93
Marple Newtown
2017
266 10:49.85
Methacton
2017
267 10:50.01
Kiski Area
2019
268 10:50.20
Daniel Boone
2018
269 10:51.13
Shikellamy
2018
270 10:51.14
Central Bucks South
2019
271 10:52.63
Council Rock North
2019
272 10:52.68
Springfield (Delco)
2017
273 10:52.71
Laurel Highlands
2017
274 10:53.36
McDowell
2017
275 10:54.60
State College Area High School
2017
276 10:54.86
Cathedral Prep
2018
277 10:55.70
Altoona Area
2018
278 10:55.83
Father Judge
2017
279 10:55.95
Friends' Central
2018
280 10:56.95
Williamsport Area
2017
281 10:57.16
Bethel Park
2018
282 10:57.24
LaSalle College High School
2019
283 10:57.84
North Schuylkill
2019
284 10:59.89
Seneca
2018
285 11:00.98
Cardinal O'Hara
2019
286 11:01.30
Marian Catholic
2018
287 11:02.07
Quakertown
2017
288 11:02.18
Garnet Valley
2018
289 11:03.30
The Hill School
2017
290 11:03.72
Manheim Township
2018
291 11:04.80
Phoenixville Area
2019
292 11:04.82
Reading
2018
293 11:04.94
Spring Ford
2018
294 11:05.27
McDowell
2018
295 11:06.34
Bishop McDevitt
2019
296 11:06.35
Central Dauphin
2018
297 11:06.53
Archbishop Wood
2018
298 11:07.25
Malvern Prep
2017
299 11:08.16
Souderton Area
2018
300 11:08.74
Cheltenham
2018
301 11:09.37
Cathedral Prep
2018
302 11:09.79
Fels High School
2017
303 11:10.81
Punxsutawney Area
2018
304 11:12.09
Interboro
2017
305 11:15.39
Chartiers Valley
2017
306 11:16.06
Delaware County Christian School
2018
307 11:16.23
Penncrest
2019
308 11:18.75
Lower Merion
2019
309 11:20.07
Penncrest
2018
310 11:20.66
Penncrest
2018
311 11:21.39
Roman Catholic
2019
312 11:23.05
Perkiomen School
2018
313 11:27.39
Hempfield Area (7)
2017
314 11:30.24
Elizabeth Forward
2017
315 11:30.40
Hempfield (3)
2017
316 11:30.69
Msgr Bonner & Abp Prendergast HS
2019
317 11:33.41
Highlands
2017
318 11:34.75
McDowell
2019
319 11:36.21
Trinity (7)
2019
320 11:37.43
Milton Hershey
2017
321 11:39.93
Penncrest
2017
322 11:41.10
Altoona Area
2019
323 11:44.10
Nazareth Area
2018
324 11:52.80
West Mifflin
2019
325 11:52.96
Germantown Academy
2017
326 11:53.24
Boys Latin Charter
2019
327 11:53.51
Elizabeth Forward
2019
328 11:53.94
Penn Hills
2018
329 11:54.43
Marple Newtown
2017
330 11:56.12
Indiana Area
2018
331 11:56.18
Phoenixville Area
2018
332 11:58.82
Bishop Shanahan
2018
333 11:59.61
Central Dauphin East (CD East)
2017
334 12:01.21
Germantown Academy
2017
335 12:01.36
Cardinal O'Hara
2017
336 12:02.20
GAR Memorial
2018
337 12:02.22
Jenkintown
2019
338 12:03.72
Marple Newtown
2019
339 12:05.10
Altoona Area
2018
340 12:09.69
Garnet Valley
2018
341 12:11.00
Marple Newtown
2019
342 12:12.50
Hollidaysburg Area
2017
343 12:13.75
Reading
2018
344 12:14.44
New Hope-Solebury
2017
345 12:15.00
William Allen
2019
346 12:15.08
Shaler Area
2019
347 12:15.94
Kiski Area
2018
348 12:16.04
Reading
2017
349 12:16.72
Malvern Prep
2018
350 12:20.80
Altoona Area
2019
351 12:21.45
Montour
2017
352 12:27.78
The Hill School
2017
353 12:45.57
Marple Newtown
2019
354 12:55.00
The Hill School
2017
355 12:55.09
Oxford Area
2019
356 13:02.19
Seneca Valley
2019
357 13:26.46
Conestoga Valley
2018
358 13:34.46
West Chester Rustin
2018
359 13:45.60
Central Dauphin East (CD East)
2019
360 14:01.10
Chichester
2017
361 14:07.19
Chester
2018

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