An 11-year-old Rumson resident demonstrated his running abilities via a win at the Lake Takanassee 1500 Meter Youth Run in Long Branch. His closest competitor was actually his older sister, Georgia, who finished second. Kingdon was clocked at 6:31; his sibling was just steps behind and crossed the finish line at 6:33.
Kingdon readily admitted he has not been training over the summer and doesn’t consider distance running his primary sport. Truth be known, his true passion is baseball. He plays for the Two River East Little League as a shortstop and pitcher and has been selected to the TRE All-Star team every year since he was 8 years old.
In 2021, the TRE 10U All-Star squad claimed the District 19 championship. Kingdon was the starting pitcher in every game of the tourney. This year, he experienced the thrill of hitting two over-the-fence homeruns back to back in tournament play.
In late August, he attended the week-long Cal Ripken Experience in Aberdeen, Maryland. There, he hit the tying run in the final inning of a game won by his team.
Kingdon is in the sixth grade at Forrestdale and is currently a member of the school cross country team. However, he is a multifaceted athlete, also playing on Rumson Travel Soccer and Rumson Travel Baseball teams in addition to participating in the PRD Ghost Baseball League.
Georgia Watt is a sophomore at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School and is a member of the girls’ cross country team.
The Shore Athletic Club Lake Takanassee Series was initiated in 1964. In its 59th year, it is the longest continuous race series in the country.