GLEN RIDGE, NJ-- It’s been a good season for the Glen Ridge High cross country team.
The boys’ team finished second in the Super Essex Conference’s (SEC) Liberty Division, while the girls also ran well, with four runners finishing in the top 10 at the SEC’s Colonial Division championship race.
The Ridgers will run at the Essex County championship meet on Friday, Nov. 1, at Brookdale Park, in Bloomfield, starting at 2:15 p.m. On Nov. 9, the team will compete at the state sectional championship race, and those who qualify there will move onto the Group 1 championships, on Nov. 16.
Glen Ridge coach Stephanie Fego noted some outstanding performances by the boys’ team. Ren DeBartolomeis, a senior captain, finished fifth overall in the SEC Liberty championship race, with a time of 18:49.5.
Also running well in the SEC race for Glen Ridge was Alex Van Wayenberge (19:58.2), Ojas Kalra (20:08.3), Charles Marsden (20:11.4), Justin Fields (20:18.3), Mattias Ehatamm (20:31.3) and Evan Rossi (21:41.3).
The Ridgers finished 8-2 in the regular season this fall. Bloomfield won the Liberty title, edging Glen Ridge by a 49-65 count for the title.
The Glen Ridge girls were paced by Sofia Costa, a senior captain, who finished first, overall, in the SEC Colonial race, with a time of 24:09.08. Costa holds the school record for the 5K, according to Fego.
Aubra Sharp finished second overall in the meet for Glen Ridge, with a time of 25:42.0. Olivia Cagnina (28:48.9) and Leticia Ternes (29:08.3) took eighth and ninth place respectively and Jonelle Austin also ran well for the Ridgers.
FOOTBALL: The Ridgers won its third game of the season, impressively, defeating Wood-Ridge, 37-7, on Oct. 25, in Wood Ridge.
Head coach Steve Trivino’s team will close out the regular season with a big game at Verona, on Nov. 2, starting at 2 p.m. Verona is 7-0 and is the top seed in North, Group 2.
Glen Ridge is currently on the outside of a playoff berth in North, Group 1, with a week left in the regular season.
The 37 points was Glen Ridge’s best offensive game in two years. The Ridgers trailed 7-0 after one quarter, but scored 23 unanswered points to take a 23-7 lead by halftime.
Glen Ridge added 14 more in the third quarter to assure itself an important victory.
Matt McCann continued his excellent kicking for Glen Ridge with a 20-yard field goal and four point-after kicks.
Ben Bronstein threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Brendan Easter and Colin Ducey, Patrick Bronander, Jackson Crutchfield and Najm Wright all rushed for a Glen Ridge touchdown.
FIELD HOCKEY: A tremendous season concluded for the Ridgers in the state sectional quarterfinals, where the team lost a 3-0 decision to Point Pleasant Boro, in Ocean County.
Point Pleasant Boro is seeded second in the section and improved to 20-1 on the season. Anna Landi played very well for the Ridgers in the cage, turning back 12 shots.
Glen Ridge finished 12-8 on the season, led by second-year head coach Christina Fabiano.