MORRIS PLAINS, NJ - The Chatham boys cross-country team honored the memory of 2006 CHS graduate Ben Massam by wearing retro jerseys and placing fifth at the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 meet held Saturday at Greystone Park.
Massam, a standout distance runner at Chatham High, recently died after a battle with cancer.
"The boys cross-country team dedicated this week's State Sectional Meet to the memory of Ben Massam," Chatham coach Patrick Barry said.
Senior captain Alec Gironda placed third with a personal-best time of 16:04 on the 5K course, pacing Chatham to fifth place with 111 points and an average time of 16:52. Senior Anthony Scerbo was 17th for the Cougars in 16:47.
The fifth-place finish qualifies Chatham for the Group 3 meet set for next weekend at Holmdel Park.
Chatha's top seven:
Alec Gironda: 3rd 16:04
Anthony Scerbo 17th 16:47
Finn Grosso 25th 17:01
Ryan Beegle 30th 17:10
Greg Himstreet 36th 17:20
Alex Krack 39th 17:28