CLARK, NJ - Twenty sets of bleary eyes boarded the bus bound for Thompson Park in Jamesburg, NJ on a crisp, November morning. The Arthur L. Johnson High School cross country team came with one goal at heart-- to race as fast as their legs could carry them during the Central Jersey – Group 2 NJSIAA state championship meet.  The five-kilometer race was the culmination of months of perseverance, endurance, and plain grit. 

Going into the race, Coach Robert Cahill described a sense of confidence among his runners.

“We knew our times would be good, and that most, if not all, would be at their personal record,” he said.

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The race went well for nearly every runner, some even beating their fastest time, and all learning from the experience.

“Racing has taught me the value of hard work. Running is 90 percent mentality and 10 percent physical ability, and it’s all up to you to push yourself and improve,” junior Lindsey Hofschneider said.

The state championship left an indelible impression on the members of the cross country team and it is a race they will never forget. The team will assuredly build on successes of this season.  

Goals for next season include higher mileage weeks, dropping course times, and improving speed on the third mile, Cahill said.

Editor’s Note: Maryann Makosiej is a student at Arthur L. Johnson High School and a contributor to TAPinto Clark.

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