WOODLAND PARK, NJ - On Saturday September 28th, the GL Cross Country team competed at the Garret Mountain Invitational Race. Many athletes competed and placed in the top 20 of their race. Freshman Boys, Varsity Girls, and Varsity Boys all won a trophy for their first place victories. 

The freshman boys were the first to begin their two mile race. There were 7 boys participating. The boys won first place with a combined 54 points, with freshman Joey Frank being the first runner from GL to finish with a time of 10:56. Next from GL was Aiden Linde who was extremely excited to place second for GL. Linde ran a 11:22, his best time this year. 

The varsity girls team won 1st in its 5k race with a total of 71 points. Senior Victoria Vanriele finished in 1st place with a 19:48 final time. According to Coach Coughlin “if the girls wouldn’t have pushed themselves in the middle of the race to pass three girls, then we would not have placed 1st.”

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The varsity boys finished the race with a total of 61 points. Woods took 7th place with a time of 17:58. “I am very happy and excited about the boys winning first.” Saia finished 25th with a 18:53. He said that “thinking positive” gets him through the race. Saia believes that “this is going to be a great season for cross country.” 

In addition to those winning groups, some individual people shined in their races. Freshman Connely Jaqua finished in 12th place with a 15:09. She was thrilled to receive her first medal and hopes she will be receiving many more. In the same race Karina Samchenko finished with a 17:21. She was “tired but was happy to participate in the race.” Her time dropped by almost a minute. Earlier that day sophomore Jack Sandholm ran a 23:56 representing the JV team. While running he imagines himself “crossing the finish line” to get him through the race. 

Coach Coughlin is proud of all the athletes, but is not surprised by these results. He knew that with the amount of preparation and hard work the athletes have been putting in their practices, there would be a positive outcome.