CHATHAM, NJ – Senior captain Alec Gironda put in 60-mile weeks over the summer time months to organize for his position because the Chatham cross-country workforce’s lead runner in 2019.
Gironda is worked up concerning the prospects for the Cougars this season with the likes of classmates Anthony Scerbo and Sam Viola, juniors Greg Himstreet and Finn Grosso and sophomore Jake Fortuna all returning. But it surely’s simple to discern the rise in vitality when Gironda mentions freshman Ryan Beegle.
“I am actually excited to see what freshman Ryan Beegle can do,” Gironda mentioned. “He is been doing excellent in our exercises. He is very dedicated. Most freshmen are nonetheless taking part in video video games and stuff. He is all in. Nobody desires to get beat by an underclassman and he is actually pushing the entire workforce, which is nice.”
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Beegle, who charges No. three on the workforce behind Gironda and Himstreet within the early going, is a product of Chatham’s youth rec program. As an eighth-grader, Beegle ran a 5:13 mile.
“I simply tried operating one 12 months to get in form for basketball and began liking it,” the 14-year-old Beegle mentioned. “I am nonetheless going to do basketball within the winter.”
Himstreet began to rise whereas operating two-mile races in observe final spring and has elevated his sport to close the highest of the pack.
Coach Patrick Barry mentioned that regardless that 2018 could be thought-about an “off” 12 months for Chatham, the Cougars nonetheless rated fifth in Morris County in a really aggressive county. Barry sees extra energy and depth within the 2019 squad.
“I am excited,” Gironda mentioned. “I’ve actually been specializing in preserving the entire workforce collectively, preserving everybody pushed and to be a job mannequin for the youthful children. We have been working onerous.”
Including to the depth are senior Aidan Shimchak, junior Casey O’Reilly and sophomores Drew West, Patrick Grosso, Dennis Moynihan, Jack Tapper, Aidan Johnson and Sam Ellis.