BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- An excellent cross country season at Bloomfield High was climaxed with some good performances at the Essex County championship meet.
Head coach Christopher Romano noted the outstanding efforts of two Bengals, as each earned medals at the county meet.
"The biggest surprise of the season occurred for the girls team at the county meet," said Romano. "The race started with Kaitlyn Adams finishing first in the freshman 3200 meter run with a time of 14:13.40. Kaitlyn has worked hard all season in her first year of competitive running."
Adams also earned a rare varsity letter for a Bengals freshman.
In the girls varsity race, Lizbeth Morocho, a senior captain, garnered Second-Team All-Essex County honors, after running an impressive time of 21:00, which earned her a medal.
"Lizbeth finished in the top 20 in the county," said Romano. "The last Bengal to earn a medal at county championship for the girls, was Nora Kalepka, in 2009."
The BHS boys beam completed a successful season, as well.
"The boys were 10-0 in the Super Essex Conference's Liberty Division, in the regular season, and then won the league championship race," said Romano. "The season concluded with a top 10 finish at the county championship. The team is ready to build off this 2019 season and go into 2020 with much confidence and experience."
Romano is optimistic about the program's overall progress.
"Bloomfield cross country is building a program that is giving student-athletes the opportunity to run in college and earn scholarship money," said Romano. "The past two years have seen Bengals earn All-Essex County honors.
"The program has grown to about 50 runners and we encourage all middle school and high school students to consider joining a sport that teaches life-long lessons of personal health and mental toughness. We are a family that, year after year, produces great student athletes, whose GPA's are among the highest in the district."