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Nov 20, 2017

MHSN Boys’ Frosh Cross Country Squad Claims Three Championships

By Les Pierce

The Middletown South Boys’ Freshman Cross Country squad. Left to right: Tom Brown, Sean Fitzpatrick, Ty Hashemi, Jack Hutson, Evan Kessler, Nick Piscopo, Tommy Rasa, Carter Ostermiller, Lang Daly

The future of distance running at Middletown High School South appears bright, when assessing the recent performances of the boys’ freshman cross country team. The frosh Eagles have captured three team championship titles in a span of just 14 days, competing against teams statewide in open competition.

The squad notched their first victory at the Thompson Park Class Meet held in Jamesburg on September 23. Old Bridge’s Steven Tan took individual honors over the field of 117 competitors with a 14:01.89 clocking. However, South grasped the next three consecutive spots with Jack Hutson (second – 14:11.80), Ty Hashemi (third – 14:16.41), and Lang Daly (fourth – 14:30.28). Completing the scoring for the Eagles were Nick Piscopo (seventh – 14:46.01) and Tom Brown (ninth – 15:00.62). Middletown’s 25-point low score would be good enough to turn back top contending teams Shore Regional (72), Old Bridge (102), Monroe Township (131), and Montgomery (154).

One week later, the team traveled to Greystone Central Park in Morris Plains for the coveted Stewart Invitational. Brian Pedretti (10:38.72) and Adam Mugavero (10:38.98) claimed first and second positions for North Hunterdon. However, the Eagles countered, placing all five scoring runners in the top 10 to capture the team championship. Coming across the finish line for South were Jack Hutson (third – 10:42.39), Ty Hashemi (fifth – 10:48.36), Sean Fitzpatrick (seventh – 10:49.24), Lang Daly (ninth – 10:53.86), and Nick Piscopo (tenth – 11:17.89). The top five team scores were Middletown South (33), North Hunterdon (82), St. Peter’s Prep (110), J P Stevens (110), and Morris Hills (154).

South would face their greatest challenge to date at the New Balance Shore Coaches Invitational, a meet that attracted 229 runners from 20 schools, held on October 7 at Holmdel Park. Jack Hutson again led the squad with a second place individual finish via an 11:25.00 clocking. The Eagles placed three additional runners in the top six scoring positions: Ty Hashemi (third – 12:02.00), Sean Fitzpatrick (fourth – 12:04.00), and Lang Daly (sixth – 12:12.00).  Nick Piscopo (12:31.00) took the 11th spot to complete a low winning score of 26 points, easily defeating second place Kingston at 111 points.  St. Peter’s Prep (125), Summit (139), and Holmdel (140) followed in scoring.

Head coach Vic Bayers, Jr. said of the squad, “This year’s freshman team is by far the deepest and most talented we’ve had in a long time. An extremely hardworking group, as well, who want to be good, want to be the best.”