The following article was provided by the Secaucus High School Cross Country coaching staff.
The Patriots will be New Jersey’s first school to open the 2018 cross country season. Secaucus High School boys and gils squads will travel to the Annual Red Raider Invitational at Bear Mountain State Park this Friday, September 7th.
Coach Stan Fryczynski, entering his 45th season, feels this could be one of the stronger teams in recent years. The boys were placed 4th in Group 1, North 2 State Sectional Championships and advanced to the State Championship Meet. Their record is a solid 50-9 in NJIC dual meets over the last 6 years.
“We have some real depth on the boys side. There will be constant battling for varsity spots. This is great because it will make us stringer as the season progresses,” he said.
The varsity squad is composed of Team Captain Austin Hawxhurst, Sebastian Flood, Mo Alobaidi, Jeffrey Villagomez, Vishwa Naik, Brandon Vasquez, and Rohan Senkesi. Newcomers to the team who also have established themselves at the varsity level are Dylan Mercado and Nick Munoz.
“Like I said, we have some real depth here,” added Fryczynski
The girls have 4 runners back from team their 4th place sectional medal team that advanced to the Group State Championship. Their NJIC won /lost record over the last 6 seasons is an impressive 55-10. Team Captain Alexandra Molta, Kirsten Williams, Grace Bowers, Trinity Black, and Ashley White along with newcomer’s Carmelina Sanci, Modesty Griffith and Yutong Li, give the Lady Patriots some solid possibilities this campaign.
Adding to the excitement of opening the season, the Patriots will have the remainder of their runners entered in the Season Opener Invitational the following day (Saturday, September 8th). This meet will take place at Darlington Park in Mahwah.
The Secaucus program has always been highly successful and competitive. Patriot cross country has always maintained a goal of expecting to be one of the 20 schools in Group 1 State to make the Championship meet come November. The boys team has taken State Sectional team medals 24 times in the school’s history. Meanwhile the girls have taken sectional medals 7 of the last 8 seasons! The Patriots are certainly proud of their winning tradition.