LIVINGSTON, NJ — Johnny Chen, a four-year member of Livingston's varsity boys cross country team, is the most dedicated and hard-working athlete on the 2018 team, according to head coach James Memory. The senior captain, who is currently the No. 2 runner on the team, recently ran his personal best of 3.1 miles in 18 minutes and 20 seconds, taking 30th in the individual conference finals.

“[Chen] is a true leader and voice for the team,” said Memory. “He’s the one who leads the trails, he’s the one who runs the practices when I’m not there and he’s the student leader on the team. He’s reliable, he’s dedicated and most importantly he’s a wonderful kid, inside and outside of the athletic field.”

According to Memory, Chen began training in June and worked hard all summer to build strength for the fall season. Now well into the season, Memory said Chen is consistently improving on a personal level while also being there for his teammates.

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With the county tournament quickly approaching, Memory said he will be looking to Chen to serve as a second coach and encourage improvement among his teammates.

“Our goal is to finish at the county level right where we finished in the conference, which is sixth place,” said Memory. “I’m looking for [Chen] to continue to work hard day in and day out in practice and improve his performance individual, but also motivate and help train some of our younger athletes to improve in order to accomplish our team goal.”