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Oct 12, 2022

Red Bank Regional Frosh Cross Country Teams Excel at Thompson Two Miler

By Les Pierce

Red Bank freshman girls cross country - Front row, from left: Caitlyn Courtney and Olivia Narang. Back row, from left: Maya Freeman, Ellie Munro, Ella Marc-Aurele, Rilynn Kilcooley, Melissa Tempos-Castro and Paloma Donahue.

The future of Red Bank Regional cross country appears to be bright. That allegation is based on the recent performances of frosh squads at the annual Thompson Two Miler Championship held at Jamesburg on Sept. 10.

The frosh girls claimed the team title with a low score of 38 points. The closest competitors were West Windsor-Plainsboro North (64) and Point Pleasant Boro (66).  

Ella Marc-Aurele led the squad with a third-place finish. The Buccaneers ran as a unit and swept the next three positions: Caitlyn Courtney (fourth), Rilynn Kilcooley (fifth) and Maya Freeman (sixth). Also scoring were Melissa Tempos-Castro (20th), Ellie Munro (29th), Olivia Narang (31st) and Paloma Donahue (37th).

“In cross country, the goal is to get seven runners across in 70 seconds,” girls’ Head Coach Maria Crowley said. “It doesn’t matter who is first and who is seventh.  Be a reliable team player as well as an athlete who is comfortable relying on others.”

The frosh boys team also enjoyed success, placing second behind Manalapan. Coming across the finish line for the Bucs were Peter Gallina (eighth), Conor Fagan (ninth), Aidan Lenahan (10th), Julian Groom (12th), August Ray (26th), Charlie Langa (39th Charlie Griffiths (43rd), Alex Aguirre (46th) and Logan Mattson (47th).  

“This year, the Bucs have a great mixture of youth and experience,” boys’ Head Coach Brendan McGoldrick said. “We have 10 freshmen this year who all are excited and interested in cross country. Peter Gallina, Conor Fagan, Aidan Lenahan and Julian Groom all placed in the top 15 for the freshman race and finished within 11 seconds of one another, a pretty remarkable 1-4 split. With these young athletes, as well as returners like Kyle Arend, Jaden Pearlmutter, Will Ross and Tyler Lisko, we hope to point the young Bucs in a positive direction moving forward.”