RANDOLPH, NJ-- The Randolph Boys Cross Country team finished 5th in North I Group IV Championships Saturday, Nov. 9 at Garret Mountain. Their performance advanced the team to next Saturdays' NJSIAA Group IV Championships at Holmdel Park. 

The Rams fought through frigid temperatures at the meet, which left them feeling like they could have done more.  "Overall as a team I feel we did alright getting 5th place," said Joseph Hecht, senior captain.  "It was really harsh weather out there and I felt we could have placed higher”. 

The team was led by two top-20 finishes from James Keaney, who finished 6th with a time of 16:43 and Alex Zacieracha who was 18th with a time of 17:19. Despite being far off of their personal bests, each runner placed high enough to get the Rams through to the next stage of the state championship series.  As a team, Randolph finished with five runners in the top fifty. 

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The Cross Country team has been training hard since preseason practices started in July and that hard work has brought them to their first appearance at groups since 2016. When asked about the prospect of racing at groups, senior captain James Keaney stated, “I am excited, and really happy to have another week with the team running at Holmdel again. Hoping to qualify for Meet of Champions”.  

The Rams will have a tough challenge ahead of them on Saturday Nov. 16, as they will have to face off against teams such as Ridgewood and Morristown who have consistently placed higher than them at races this year and in years past. Despite the tough road ahead the team is still proud of how far they have come.

“Honestly, the past weeks we’ve been training, we’ve all been working really hard in every single practice and I’m looking forward to what's to come," said Hecht.

Despite what happens next, the Boys Cross Country team is extremely proud of what they have accomplished this season.

The Boys will be in action Saturday, November 16 at the NJSIAA Group Championships hosted at Holmdel Park in Holmdel, NJ.  
Editor's Note: Richard Williiams is a student at Randolph High School participating in a journalism program.