On Thursday October 30, the St. Patrick School (Chatham) won the St. Elizabeth Cross Country Invitational at Natirar Park in Peapack. The tone was set in the first race of the day when Addison Barrett (1st), Meaghan Heflin (3rd) and Liza Kelley (5th) turned in outstanding efforts. The last day of the race proved to be the most exciting with St. Patrick placing 6 runners in the top 9 (Greg Goetz (1st), Paul Ames (2nd), Patrick Nolan (5th), Mason Hartweger (6th), Frank Windels (7th) and Will Nash (9th)). Goetz ran the 1.7 mile course in an amazing 9:49.
On Saturday, November 1, St. Patrick won the St. Virgil Halloween Cross Country Invitational at the Central Park of Morris County. Running in challenging 42 degree light rain and strong winds, nothing would rain on the St. Patrick cross country parade. With proud parents braving the weather as well, Brock Hartweger had his best performance of the year finishing in 2nd place in his race. 8th grader Sarah Wittmer saved her best for last winning the final race of her stellar 6 year career at St. Patrick. She used a strong finishing kick in the homestretch to earn the victory. In total, St. Patrick runners won a school record 24 medals at the St. Virgil meet.
The team is in the midst of their most historic and successful season with four meet championships so far this year. St. Patrick is back in action on Saturday, November 8 at the Morris County Catholic League Championship meet at Loantaka Park where they hope to continue their success. Congratulations to all of the runners.