6 Randolph Runners Place in Top 20 at Cross Country Championship
Congratulations to our 6 Randolph student athletes who placed in the Top 20 at Morris County Championships this evening. Senior James Keaney and Junior Alex Zacieracha led the varsity boys’ team. James placed 3rd overall with a time of 16:00, but this accomplishment was not without challenges. “I came into the race with an injury to my groin so coming into today wanting to place required a lot of preparation. I had to focus to make sure I wasn’t twisting any wrong way or else I could have made the injury worse. It feels amazing to win 3rd place given what I was up against.” In addition to cross country, James is part of both the winter and spring track programs. He plans on pursuing a degree in engineering upon graduating from Randolph.
Alex placed 19th overall with a time of 16:39. “I think the race went really well today. It was my best race so far and nothing really went wrong today.” Alex is also a part of the winter and spring track programs at Randolph High School. While he still has a year remaining at RHS, he plans to follow in James’ footsteps by pursuing a degree in engineering as well.
Junior Jonathan Tish led the JV squad placing 6th overall with a time of 17:59. We caught up with head coach Nick Albanito to get his thoughts on tonight’s meet. “Overall we ran faster than last week so you can’t be disappointed. Ultimately, we want to make the state group meet which I think we have a very good shot this year of making. If the guys just keep running how they have been running and improving, I think we will be fine and we will go deeper into the state series than normal.”
The girls’ varsity team also had a tremendous night having 3 runners place in the top 20 overall. Sophomore Maya Wilkins placed 4th with a time of 18:59. “Today went really well, but better than expected. The season has had its ups and downs, but we are excited to see what the rest of the season will look like for us.”
Senior Meredith Finley placed 6th with a time of 19:16. She added to Maya’s thoughts on looking forward to the remainder of the season and hopes that the team will perform well in their races to come. Upon graduation, she intends to study psychology. Junior Chloe Whiting placed 11th overall with a time of 19:47. Chloe would like to study business once she has completed high school.
Great job Rams on a successful meet!