LIVINGSTON, NJ — The 2016 Cross Country season promises to be a very exciting one on the boys’ side with a mix of experienced and inexperienced runners, according to coaches. 

Returning senior varsity members Michael Ciccone, Brendan Lindsey, Max Shapiro and Kevin Sweeny will look to build off their experiences and successes from last season and look to lead the team to victory in the season ahead, coaches said. 

The team also welcomes back Nahshon’s brother Jalon Robinson to the lineup as well as senior twins Yuki and Tsubasa Nakayama, who transferred to Livingston a year ago and will be joining the team this fall for the first time.     

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According to coaches, the team should benefit from added depth, the return of strong junior and sophomore classes and a large incoming freshman class.

The coaches said they are looking forward to the return of juniors Steven Arnold, Nathaniel Berkley, Daniel Cao, Ben Hodes, Eric Mooney, Max Nunez and Raymon Yang to the lineup as well as the return of sophomores Jonathan Ackerman, Jonathan Chen, Cameron Izadi, Kevin Izadi, Ido Kadouri, Will Osborne, Cristian Zapata and Brian Zou to the team. 

With more than 20 new names on the roster, the members of coaching staff said they excited to meet and work with many new student athletes over the course of the season.

The team will be opening this season in early September at Branch Brook Park with the first of four dual-meet competitions.

The team’s success this season, coaches said, will depend on a strong, focused work ethic throughout the line-up, staying healthy and running as a team. The team will also be focused on developing more depth and consistency throughout the lineup, they said. 

The team and coaches are eagerly excited to get the season started as they compete against many of the top teams in the state this fall.