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."
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.
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