SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Academic success and athletic success went hand in hand Monday night, as the Jonathan Dayton Boys Fall Cross Country team was honored for their Valley Division Championship at the Springfield Board of Education meeting.
Speaking at the meeting, Head Coach Dave Campbell heaped praise on his team's efforts this season.
"This is the most accomplished cross country team I have had the pleasure to coach at JDHS," Campbell said. "Tonight we are here because the boys won the Valley Division Conference Championship."
Campbell added, "This group of young men was a pleasure to coach. We put the work in and had fun. The environment that they created enabled this championship."
One of the standout runners from the past fall season was senior Adam Cohen. He routinely placed among the top 7 finishers all four years on the team. In an example of his prowess, Cohen's second place sectional finish was the best result for the boys' team since Norm Reinhardt in 1970.
In addition, Cohen came within a second of recording the best boys 5k time in a race, a school record jointly held by Ben Castor (2011) and Stephen Wright (1980). He ran his time on a course that had been soaked with two days of rain beforehand.
"He has set the bar high for all who come after him," Campbell said.
Along with athletic prowess, Campbell also made mention of the various colleges the seniors on the team would be attending. Among the schools in consideration are New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Ohio State University, Drexel, Maryland, UPenn, Northwestern, Seton Hall, Drexel, Boston and New York University (NYU).
Campbell said that the goal of highlighting the next step in the educational process of the team's seniors was to show those assembled and watching at home that the team was truly made up of student-athletes.
In order to recognize the entire team's efforts, the roster is listed below, grouped by grade level and then arranged alphabetically by the last name of the runner.
Seniors: Jibran Absarulislam, Kevin Bernor, Ethan Blanco, Celesttin Cadet, Adam Cohen, Willy Esquivel, Pablo Galao-Birkmann, Tyler Kwinta, Benjamin Morley, Ishan Patel, Sean Riley, Ethan Saguil, James Tiu and Jeremy Tornatore
Juniors: Nicholas DiCosmo, Aren Mortensen and Noah Schraeder.
Sophomores: Alexander Choi, Matthew Fleishman, Jordan Frei, Daniel Galao-Birkmann, Luke Hernandez, Aaron Katalbas, Francesco Sarracino, Ryan Sickinger, Harrison Turner and Zachary Vilensky.
Freshmen: Ian Kaesshaefer, Ian McLeer, Sean Myrthl, Christopher Ortiz and Christopher Tiu.