NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Senior Christian Cadmus of New Providence wrapped up his stellar career as a cross-country runner by finishing in the top 20 among 179 runners entered in the NJSIAA Meet of Champions on Saturday.

Cadmus ran a time of 16:16 in the last 5,000-meter race of the season in Holmdel Park to place 19th in the prestigious race. Cadmus' time was the best of any runner from a Group 1 school in the race.

"Christian had a fantastic race," said New Providence boys cross-country coach Corey Arnold. "Finishing 19th in the state of New Jersey at the Meet of Champions is a great accomplishment."

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That accomplishment, on top of Cadmus' second-place finish in the Group 1 championships the week before, earned him recognition as the TAPinto New Providence Joe Eberle Weichert Realtors Pioneer Athlete of the Week.

With his season finally finished, Cadmus reflected on it in a question-and-answer session with TAPinto New Providence.

Q: Did you accomplish the personal goals you wanted to this season?
A: I actually didn’t meet many of my personal goals this season, but that is because I set my goals very high, so I had something to work for and keep me motivated every day. Although I didn’t necessarily achieve these goals, I was still able to accomplish some pretty special things.
 
Q: Have you seen your running style change between last season and this fall?
A: I have definitely seen my running change from last year. This year 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.

Q: What has been the best advice you have received from a coach?
A: The best advice I have received from a coach is to take time to appreciate the little achievements, because these will ultimately lead to big achievements.

Q: What has been your most memorable performance?
A:  My most memorable cross-country performance to date would have my be my 19th-place finish at this year’s Cross Country Meet of Champions. Although I didn’t place as high as I wanted to, or get the time I wanted, this was my very first cross-country Meet of Champions medal, so I was very excited about this. I was also able to lower my Holmdel Park personal best time to 16:16 in this race, which I believe is the second-fastest time in New Providence history on that course, so I am definitely proud of this as well.

Q: What was your best time?
A: My best 5K time is 16:00, and I ran that this year at the Union Country Conference meet.

Q: What do you like most about New Providence High School?
A: What I like most is how everyone knows one another, and how there is a lot of support amongst one another with regards to sports and other extracurricular activities.

Q: What's your favorite subject in school?
A: My favorite subject is probably math or chemistry.

Q: Who is your favorite athlete?
A: My favorite athlete is Eliud Kipchoge. Watching him break the two-hour barrier in the marathon was very inspiring, and he has the smoothest and most effortless running form I’ve ever seen.

Q: Do you have any role models?
A: I would have to say my role models are my parents. They’ve helped shape me into the young man I am today, and I look up to them a lot.

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The Joe Eberle Weichert Realtors Pioneer Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Joe Eberle Weichert Realtors located at 64 Main Street in Chatham.  Joe is a 25 year New Providence resident who is an active member of the New Providence community. Contact Joe anytime, whether it's to get started on helping you realize your real estate goals and dreams, or just to ask a question about the local market.  Joe can be reached at jeberle@weichert.com or call 908-868-4800