Goshen cross country gearing up for 2018 season
By Richard Furst, Kyle Lewis, Joe Manaseri
The Goshen cross country team has started pre-season training with more than three dozen runners and they have come into the preseason with a high level of fitness. The team met several times a week all summer to run as a team and followed suggested training as posted by the coaches. The results are obvious as all runners stay together during warmup and run as groups without much separation. They are running with enthusiasm and desire, and their attitude is setting the stage for a very successful season.
Twenty-four runners from Goshen attended Five Star Cross Country camp as campers or counselors, and along with Commack, Long Island, had the largest presence of any team. The camp hosted a total of 156 runners from four different countries and 11 states, and our runners represented Goshen with distinction and stood out as a determined and classy group of young people.
Running with the front groups were seniors Nicolas Paneto and Madison Montgomery; juniors Andrew Johnson and Stephen Perrillo-Sullivan, and freshman Kayla Schramm. These five will stand-out as frontrunners for the teams this upcoming season. Lately, Goshen has been able to match other teams with our frontrunners, but have been less strong with our fourth and fifth runners. Given the ability of so many others to run in close packs, the 2018 teams look to be stronger with our fourth and fifth runners. With a close pack of third through seventh runners for both the boys and the girls teams, Goshen looks to improve on our very competitive placing in the County and Section championships. A top three finish of the 27 teams in the Orange County League and Section IX is well within reach for both the boys’ and girls’ teams.
As preseason builds, the level of excitement is also building. This year, the first real test of both teams will occur on Sept 8th and 15th as the teams will travel to Warwick, and then Bear Mountain State Park to compete in Wave Mania and Suffern Invitationals. Then the teams will travel to Sunken Meadow State Park, site of the State meet for 2018, Van Cortlandt Park for the Manhattan Invitational, and finally to Goddard State Park to compete at the Brown University Invitational. If two more freshman come out for both the boys and girls teams, Goshen will be able to feature full freshman teams. The opportunity awaits any freshman who wants to accept the challenge to be part of a team that is bigger than one’s self. Contact the Goshen athletic director or coaches any time between now and the start of school to become part of a team on the move.