ROSELLE, NJ - The Summit High School Boys Cross Country Team started their 'kick' early -- as in their championship kick.
Placing all five scoring runners in the top 10, The 'Top brought home the Watchung Conference title, defeating a strong Union Catholic Team 25-34 at Warinanco Park. Also competing in the race was Oratory and Scotch Plains.
The conference crown is the first to matriculate to the Hilltop City since 2014.
Currently are the NJ#9 team in the New Jersey milesplit rankings, the boys from the 07901 ran a strong team race, relying on the squad's pack depth, taking places 3-7 consecutively -- a performance fueled by great contributions from the four senior captains: Tim Buchan, Matt Fridel, Warren Hansen, and Luke Mauriello.
"This season's success is in large part due to the tremendous commitment, leadership, and sense of team, created by the seniors over the last six months," said Summit coach Neal Sharma. "This senior class knew how much they could accomplish this year, and made sure to keep everyone engaged, while training separately, during the times we couldn't practice as a team."
Hilltopper individual result:
3rd - Tim Buchan - Senior Captain - 17:04 - :29 improvement
4th - Matt Fridel - Senior Captain - 17:14
5th - Warren Hansen - Senior Captain - 17:17
6th - Rayn Sula - Junior - 17:20 - :18 improvement
7th - Luke Mauriello - Senior Captain - 17:23 - :21 improvement
11th - Jackson Levine - Sophomore - 17:50 - :28 improvement
13th - Tedd Robertson - Junior - 18:00
17th - Jack Wilson - Sophomore - 18:15 - :52 improvement
25th - Marek Muzyka - Sophomore - 18:37
26th - Riley Sempler - Senior - 18:38
The freshman race consisted of all the teams in Union County, with the Hilltoppers taking third overall. Summit freshman Emre Kusmin won the race, establishing a new Summit High School freshman course record by finishing in 12:11.