BLOOMFIELD, NJ--As the fall sports season reaches an apex, the Bloomfield High cross country team is winding down a very successful season.
The Bengals will run in the Essex County championship meet, on its home course at Brookdale Park, on Nov. 1, starting at 3 p.m. On Nov. 9, the Bengals will compete at the state sectional championships, at Garret Mountain, starting at 12:30 p.m.
If any of the runners qualify, they would advance to Holmdel, in Monmouth County, to run in the Group 4 championship race, on Nov. 16.
The boys varsity cross country recently finished an undefeated season in the Super Essex Conference’s (SEC) Liberty Division. The Bengals were 10-0 in dual races, and won the division championship race, at Branch Brook Park, in Newark, on Oct. 7.
According to head coach Christopher Romano, senior captain, Luca Ponticello finished second, overall, in the race with a time of 18:14 while Quaid Mullane, a junior captain, finished fourth, in a time of 18:20.
“Both boys received First Team Liberty Division honors,” said Romano. “Rendell Amilcar has come on strong at the end of the season and ran a 19:39, and Brendan Heaney's 20:09 propelled our team to victory.”
Amilcar and Heaney were named Second Team, All-Liberty Division.
A first-year runner, senior Matthew Garth earned his spot on the varsity squad and continued to improve throughout the season. Garth ran a 20:22 and his finish helped secure the Bengals’ championship.
“Sophomore Robert Wolf and senior Dominic Dominguez were a huge part of the team's success this year but were, unfortunately, injured before the race,” said Romano. “Robert received Liberty Division Honorable Mention honors for his running during the regular season.”
Romano noted that the boys team will have many returning runners to look forward to I 2020.
“Juniors Jae Trimboli and Anthony Giller, sophomores Fernlee Aquino and Emilio Vasquez and freshman Jack Leard are potential runners to move to the Bengal varsity (top 7),” said Romano.
The Bloomfield girls competed in the SEC’s top division, the American.
“The girls worked hard,” said Romano “They battled hard against a very tough schedule. Honorable Mention honors were given to senior captains Lizbeth Morocho and Amanda Giunta.”