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Nov 15, 2019

Thompson Cross Country Teams Capture State and Shore Conference Championship Titles

By Les Pierce

Thompson girls’ cross country team members following the Shore Conference meet. From left: Head Coach Kimberly Ridolfi, Skylar Miller, Avery Scott, Sophie Monahan, Caitlin Brown, Samantha McDonnell, Abigail Gallagher, Rosemary Shay and Assistant Coach Michael Carlo

A distance running dynasty has been established at Thompson Middle School. The girls’ team has earned a state championship for the past three years, and the boys have now have claimed two consecutive state titles. Both squads have captured conference championships for the past four years.

On Oct. 23, the Lions arrived at Holmdel Park to compete in the Shore Conference of Middle Schools All Star Meet. The girls’ team dominated the event, sweeping the first five positions for a winning low score of 15 points. Following in team scoring were Thorne Middle School (68) and Bayshore Middle School (86).

Rosie Shay was the individual champion turning in a fast 10:10.68 clocking over the 1.5-mile course, 18 seconds ahead of the closest competitor. Following Shay over the line to occupy the next four positions were Sophie Monahan, Caitlin Brown, Skylar Miller and Abigail Gallagher.

Patrick Coyle claimed the individual championship in the boys’ race, stopping the timer at 9:16.50. Thompson runners followed in the second, third, fourth and sixth positions for a top score of 16 points. Ocean Township Middle School (66) and Bayshore Middle School (101) provided the closest competition. Scoring for the Lions were Alex Kemp, Dylan Passo, Charles Urbanowicz and William DeMarco.

Just three days later on Oct. 26, Thompson traveled to Skillman to compete in the seventh annual New Jersey Middle School Cross Country Championships. The girls’ squad took the title with a low score of 42 points. Following in team scoring were Montgomery Upper Middle School (67) and Princeton’s John Witherspoon Middle School (93). Placing for the Thompson were Rosemary Shay (third), Sophie Monahan (fourth), Caitlin Brown (eighth), Skylar Miller (12th) and Abigail Gallagher (15th).

Thompson boys’ cross country team members following the Shore Conference meet. From left: Head Coach Michael Oxley, William DeMarco, Conor Clifford, Patrick Coyle, Alex Kemp, Jasper Malles, Dylan Passo, Charles Urbanowicz and Assistant Coach Michael Carlo

In the boys’ race, Thompson’s Coyle was the individual winner with a clocking of 10:08.09, well ahead of Montclair Kimberley Academy’s Max Huang who was timed at 10:14.18. Coyle led the Lions to a team championship with a low score of 53 points. Southern Regional Middle School (81) and Community Middle School (105) followed on the leaderboard. Contributing to the victory were Kemp (fourth), Passo (sixth), Urbanowicz (16th) and DeMarco (26th).

Both the boys’ and girls’ teams posted perfect 12-0 records for the dual meet campaign. The girls’ team has strung together 16 consecutive years of undefeated dual meet seasons, and the boys’ squad has lost only one meet in the past eight years. The boys are coached by Michael Oxley. Kimberly Ridolfi is in her first year guiding the girls’ squad. Michael Carlo serves as assistant coach for both teams.