MORRIS PLAINS, NJ - The Chatham boys cross-country team showed off its depth on Tuesday with a 27-32 win over Morris Hills, coupled with its 17-44 loss to Group 3 state champion Mendham at Greystone Park.

The Cougars closed out their dual meet record at 3-3, with the return of Alec Gironda from an injury and the depth in the pack provided by senior Aidan Shimchak, junior Finn Grosso, freshman Ryan Beegle, and sophomore Sam Ellis.

"The win over Hills was especially satisfying as the Cougars were missing their numbers 1 and 2 runners from one week ago," Chatham coach Patrick Barry said. "Alec Gironda returned from his slight injury to lead the pack as he had done in the first two meets. Aidan Shimchak moved up to the number two spot with Finn Grosso, Ryan Beegle and Sam Ellis rounding out the top 5 scorers for the Cougars."

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Freshmen Ryan Beegle and Alex Krack made their debuts in the 5K race. Both finished in the team's top seven.

Chatham's Top seven Varsity:  5K  Team average:  17:27  (best so far this season.)  All 7 set personal records.

182 finishers

4th place overall:  Alec Gironda -12    16:25

17th                   Aidan Shimchak -12 17:37

19th                   Finn Grosso -11       17:39

21st                   Ryan Beegle  -9     17:45

22nd                  Sam Ellis -10           17:48

27th                   Aidan Johnson-10     17:53

29th                   Alex Krack -9         18:00

Chatham 4K JV 

2nd out of 129 finishers:   Charlie Henne-9          15:06

8th                                 Leo Valenzuela-9           15:39

17th                               Brendan Arias-11          16:20

21st                               Joey Manicone-10         16:31

22nd                               Dan Fischer-11             16:31

23rd                                Alex Doroski-10            16:34

25th                                Jack O'Connor-11          16:40

Short Course JV race:  Only two Chatham Boys (87 finishers)

7th    Ronan Valli -9:  10:59

12th  Eamon McSweeney -9: 11:25