MORRISTOWN – With experience and a returning cast, the Morristown High School boys cross-country team looks to have a strong season. A key piece will be the depth of the team – with a roster totaling 53 runners.
“Morristown is once again aiming to place among the top five teams in the Morris County area with several returning veterans from last year’s team that placed third overall
at the Morris County Championships,” said Morristown head coach Paul Buccino. “The team’s strength will once again be in its depth. Perhaps the biggest surprise this season
will be how far the 2018 underclassmen from Morristown have already improved.”
This is the 24th overall season on the cross-country coaching staff for Buccino. He was an assistant boys coach in 1996, the head coach of the girls in 1997 and he’s been serving as the head boys coach since 1998, marking this as his 22nd year at the helm. Morristown will lose some runners who went on to compete at the next level – Patrick
Mullen, now running at Northeastern, Lucas Chiariello, now running at Ramapo, and Nicholas Strain, now running at Rider.
The Colonials had a 4-2 dual meet record in 2018. They placed third in the NJAC- American Division, second in the Greystone Invitational, first place in the Garrett Invitational, third overall in the NJAC Large School Championships, third overall in the Morris County Championships, second overall in the North 1, Group 4 State Sectional
Championships and 18th overall in the Group 4 State Championships.
Returning letter winners include senior Toby Gaynor, an eighth-place finisher in the Morris County Championships in 2018 and a Meet of Champions qualifier. Senior Connor Startzel, a 39th-place finisher in the Morris County Championships in 2018 also returns. Also returning is sophomore Theodore Kuelker, who took 42nd overall in the
Morris County Championships last year. Senior Jack Haynie – a top middle distance for Morristown this past spring – will be back. Sophomore Shane Quinn, a top freshman performer for Morristown last fall, rounds out the group.
The Colonials open on Sept. 10, when they have their first conference race against Pope John and Chatham at Greystone Park. The second NJAC race will be against Mendham and Delbarton on Sept. 17, also at Greystone Park. The Bernie Magee Invitational Class Meet takes place Sept. 21 at Greystone Park before the third conference race against Mount Olive on Sept. 24. Morristown closes out September with the Garrett Invitational at Garrett Mountain Park on Sept. 28.
The Shore Coaches Invitational is on Oct. 5, the Greystone Invitational is Oct. 11, the NJAC Championships is on Oct. 15 and the Morris County Championships is Oct. 22.
The North 1, Group 4 State Sectional meet will be on Nov. 9. The Group 4 Championships follow on Nov. 16 before the Meet of Champions on Nov. 23.