JACKSON, NJ - On the morning of October 17th, 30 Berkeley Heights PAL youth runners grades 3rd through 8th journeyed down to Six Flags to compete in a beautiful well laid out 3000 meter course in Jackson, NJ.

Over 400 participants from across New Jersey took to the challenge in 6 divisions to participate in the New Jersey Middle School XC Championships.

“Our athletes competed against the top youth runners across New Jersey. It was a great day for all involved, and a great day for youth Cross Country”, said BH PAL Coach Steve SanAntonio. “The meet is one of our season highlights as it offers a fun and festive atmosphere that allows for a wonderful experience for our youth.  The conditions were perfect, sunny, cool, and dry surface to make it a fast and competitive”, said Coach SanAntonio.

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Highlighting the day for the Berkeley Heights PAL (WolfPack Track Club) were Nicholas Yarad who garnered a STATE title by winning the MIDDLE SCHOOL XC RISING STAR - MALE 3-4 GRADE. Another great performance was by Ellie Robertson who was runner-up in the MIDDLE SCHOOL XC RISING STAR - FEMALE 3-4 GRADE . In the end BH PAL had 16 athletes medal by finishing top-20 in their respective races.

The BH PAL Runners are now setting their sights at the Junior Olympics State Championships  at Greystone Park in Morris Plains, NJ on Nov 1st.

Following are the results of the NJ Middle School XC Championships meet, including Place, Time.

Top 20 individuals received medals:



MIDDLE SCHOOL XC RISING STAR  -  FEMALE 3-4 GRADE           

2.   Ellie Robertson               13:30.00  
3.   Gwen Mersereau            13:33.00  
11. Payton Buckley              19:08.00
13. Madelyn Kinney              21:12.00
14. Amber Barbieri                22:46.00 

MIDDLE SCHOOL XC RISING STAR - MALE 3-4 GRADE          

1. Nicholas Yarad                12:15.00  
4. Oliver Chait                     13:34.00
5. Lucas Black                    14:19.00
8. Cole Simon                      17:08.00

MIDDLE SCHOOL XC RISING STAR - FEMALE 5-6 GRADE   

8.  Emma SanAntonio          13:19.00
9.  Hannah Golub                 13:23.00  
13.Kerri Rose Riley              13:54.00  
20.Brooke Mersereau           15:57.00  

MIDDLE SCHOOL XC RISING STAR - MALE 5-6 GRADE 

8.   Brice Facey                    12:13.00
10. Christopher Marinko         12:32.00
24. Jake Barbieri                   14:04.00 
27. Ian Black                        14:20.00  
33. T.J. Pappas                    14:50.00  

MIDDLE SCHOOL XC CHAMPIOSHIP - FEMALE 7-8 GRADE

24.  Mackenzie Lloyd           12:28.00
26.  Juliette Safer                12:30.00 
43.  Caroline Mondelli           12:56.00
118. Michelle Schmitz          15:15.00 
147. Sarah Sequeira             19:08.00

MIDDLE SCHOOL XC CHAMPIOSHIP - MALE 7-8 GRADE

7.     Alexander Aranas        10:31.00 
43.   Liam Curran                 11:25.00 
74.   Christopher Ticas         11:57.00 
80.   Brandon Woods           12:02.00 
134. Jared Beaudoin            13:48.00 
157. Ben Faxon                   15:43.00 
160. David Forrester             16:17.00 

The Berkeley Heights PAL youth running program has offered area students the opportunity to learn about fitness, competition and hard work. One of the goals is to provide a sound feeder program for high school varsity programs to succeed. For inquiries about the Berkeley Heights PAL Youth Running Program, visit the WolfPack Track Club website at www.wolfpacktc.org.