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Oct 12, 2022

RFH Cross Country Teams Enjoy Success at Annual St. Dominic Meet

By Les Pierce

Logan Rettino took first place in the girls’ varsity race.

Since 2005, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School cross country teams have utilized the annual St. Dominic Academy Invitational meet as the first major test of the season. Based on the results of the 2022 rendition, it appears the Bulldogs are looking forward to a promising campaign.  

The girls claimed championships in both the varsity and junior varsity races. RFH did not field a complete team for the freshman race; however, Reese Reynolds Malone captured the individual title by 23 seconds. Frosh teammates Isabel Ross (fourth) and Mary Grace Cosgrove (eighth) placed well.  

The boys’ squads took silver medals in the varsity and freshman competitions and bronze in the junior varsity race.

The girls’ varsity team had a dominant outing with a winning low score of 17 points, easily outdistancing second place Governor Livingston High School at 70 points.  

Sophomore Logan Rettino took individual honors in the varsity race with a clocking of 17:23 and led a1-2-3 Bulldog sweep.  Rettino won the freshman race at this venue last year.

Sarah Grace Butler finished second followed by Georgia Edwards in third. Also scoring were Katie Murray (fifth), Ryan Malone (sixth) and Hannah Nitka (10th). Head Coach Tim McLoone refers to Butler as “our rapidly improving senior.”

“We had a pleasant surprise in the girls junior varsity race when newcomer Marlene Krueger took the individual title,” McLoone said. The Bulldogs ran as a unit here, sweeping the first six positions. Following Kruger across the finish line were Quinn Cushing (second), Rachel James (third), Georgia Watt (fourth), Annabeth Volk (fifth) and Cassedy Stypul (sixth).

The varsity boys team nearly knocked off state-ranked St. Peter’s Prep, yielding by just four points at 34 to 38. Senior Mickey Schroeder led the way placing fourth with a 17:05 clocking.  He was followed closely by emerging sophomore Evan McCormick who took fifth timed at 17:08.  

Rounding out RFH scoring were Kevin Medrow (eighth), Jake D’Angelo (ninth), Patrick Simpson (12th), Luke McCormick (20th) and John Brody Henrikson (24th).

The junior varsity boys took bronze medals. Coming across the line sporting RFH colors were Jack Butler (12th), Philip Gambino (13th), Ben Plesser (14th), Cameron Adamson (16th), Charlie Cosgrove (21st), Murphy McCarty (24th), Laef Golden (27th), Cooper Scott (29th) and Donovan Kane (30th).

The freshman boys finished second, trailing St. Peter’s Prep by a 45 to 55 tally. Luke Passalaqua led the charge with a third-place finish. Scoring for RFH were Liam Shell (sixth), Justin Creekmore (eighth), Jack Chubrik (11th) and Conor Ganan (27th).  

“These freshmen are an enthusiastic group who will help keep the program moving forward at its current competitive state,” Coach McLoone said.