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Middletown NJ Thompson Cross Country Teams
Dec 06, 2018

Thompson Cross Country Teams Claim State and Shore Conference Championship Titles

By Les Pierce

Middletown NJ Thompson Cross Country Teams

The Thompson Middle School cross country squads have captured state and shore conference championships. The Lions traveled to Montgomery Upper Middle School in Skillman to compete in the sixth annual New Jersey Middle Schools Cross Country Championships. Both the girls and boys teams were victorious.

Thompson’s Reese Fahys was the overall championship in the girls race with a clocking of 10:58.43, well ahead of second place finisher Julia Scrudato of Montgomery MS who was timed at 11:16.08. Thompson’s Rosie Shay finished third, crossing the line at 11:18.96.

The Thompson girls won the team title here last year and repeated as State Champions with a low score of 33 points, winning easily with Montgomery MS (87 pts) and Community MS (103 pts) the closest competitors.

The Lions placed two more runners in the top 10 scoring positions: Sophie Monahan and Emma Buthorn placed fifth and seventh respectively. Gianna Rasa completed the scoring for the Lions in 17th place.

The boys team placed third at this event in 2017 but took the crown this time with a low score of 46 points. John Witherspoon MS (69 pts) of Princeton (69) and Columbia MS (94 pts) of Berkeley Heights occupied the next two spots on the leader board.

Chris Shay led the Lions in fifth place, clocked just seven one-hundredths of a second ahead of teammate Patrick Coyle (10:39.65), timed at 10:39.65. Completing the scoring for the champs were Kiernan Leary (eighth), Dylan Passo (14th) and Cole Hashemi (19th).

Middletown NJ Thompson Cross Country Teams Girls

Thompson Girls Cross Country team members following the state meet, from left: Coach Carlo, Kate Wrede, Lily Nolan, Reese Fahys, Rosie Shay, Sophie Monahan, Emma Buthorn, Gianna Rasa, and Coach Marciani

Just four days later the Lions were back in action, this time closer to home at Holmdel Park. The venue was the Shore Conference of Middle Schools All Star Meet. Both squads claimed titles at this competition in 2017 and were able to repeat as champions in 2018.

Reese Fahys picked up her second individual title in a few days with teammate Rosie Shay her closest competitor. Fahys was clocked at 9:45.78 and Shay at 10:00.08 2. The lead pack was replete with bright yellow jerseys as the Lions packed all five of their scoring runners in the top 10. Completing the scoring for Thompson were Sophie Monahan (fourth), Emma Buthorn (sixth) and Kate Wrede (10th). Thompson easily bested runner-up Bayshore MS by a 20 – 59 score, Matawan finished third at 82.

The boys rendition was an excellent example of domination as Thompson put the first four runners across the line. Last year’s individual champion Chris Shay once again took top honors with a clocking of 9:35.08. It was a close finish with the second and third runners less than a second back. Teammates Patrick Coyle (9:35.44) and Kiernan Leary (9:36.03) followed Shay through the chute just steps behind.

Completing the scoring for the Lions were Dylan Passo (fourth – 9:46.27 4) and Cole Hashemi (sixth – 9:50.28), yielding a team tally of just 16 points. Thorne MS (71 pts) and Ocean Intermediate (95 pts) provided the closest competition.

Both the boys and girls teams posted perfect 12-0 records for the dual meet campaign. The girls team boasts 15 consecutive years of undefeated dual meet seasons, and the boys squad has lost only one meet in the past seven years.

Middletown NJ Thompson Cross Country Teams boys

Thompson Boys Cross Country team members following the state meet. Front row, from left: Coach Carlo, Alex Kemp, Cole Hashemi, Keirnan Leary, Chris Shay, Patrick Coyle, Will Welsh, Dylan Passo. Back row: Will Wrede, and Coach Oxley 

The boys are coached by Michael Oxley and Michael Carlo. Coach Theresa Marciani has guided the girls squad for 19 years.