NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Christian Cadmus, an accomplished member of the New Providence track team, on Tuesday signed a letter of intent to attend Bucknell University, where he will continue his running career.
Cadmus is the Central Jersey, Group 1 champion in the 1,600-meter run, which he ran in 4:25.12 at last month's meet in Toms River. A week later, at the NJSIAA Group 1 championships, he finished second with an even better time, running a personal-best 4:21.88.
Last fall, at the cross country Meet of Champions, Cadmus ran a time of 16:16 in the 5,000-meter race in Holmdel Park to place 19th among all runners in New Jersey, and No. 1 among all Group 1 runners. The 16:16 was the second-fastest time in New Providence school history in the event.
Cadmus' best 5K time has been 16:00, which he ran at the Union Country Conference meet last fall. He will be competing in the New Jersey indoor track Meet of Champions this weekend.
"Christian is wholly committed to running, and it shows," New Providence track coach Corey Arnold said. "He deserves all the success he has (achieved). He was the Union County co-runner of the year in cross country. Bucknell is getting a great athlete."
Arnold said that Cadmus is currently ranked 70th in the United States in the mile.
"5:07 was Christian's freshman personal record," Arnold said. "Last week, he ran a 4:21 in the mile. He worked four years to chip away 46 seconds off his time."
After his cross country season in the fall, Cadmus reflected on how his approach to running has evolved.
"I have definitely seen my running change from last year," Cadmus said. "I put in a lot more summer miles and more intense training altogether. I feel this change in my training has helped me out tremendously with lowering my 5K times. I also felt this year I was a lot more confident in my abilities, and was a lot more focused on my goals and what I wanted to accomplish in each race."