Running Wild: GRXC Season in Review


Standing together in unity, the GRXC team achieved great feats this year once again and look to continue to do so in the winter and spring seasons.

by Andrew Brennan, Print Editor-in-Chief/News Editor

The Glen Rock High School cross country team recently completed its successful campaign, a culmination of workouts under the sweltering summer sun to races in the crisp autumn air. Under the guidance of coaches Mrs. Gallo and Ms. Grady, the team was able to bond together, dedicate themselves to running hard and smart, and run impressive times.

The boys’ team knew, based on previous experience and increased commitment that they had the potential for big accomplishments. The boys’, led by captains Andrew Brennan and Sean Browne, were able to win the league title for the fifth year in a row and qualified to compete in the Bergen Meet of Champions-the first Glen Rock team to do so since 2006. In addition to the captains, the team had strong contributions from seniors Jake Campbell, Jon Leibu, and John Miller, sophomore Ryan Vandervalk and junior Erik Grin. Coach Grady said, “this year the team had determined senior leadership and were hungry for success, which was reflected in the hard work they put in all season.” The highlight of the boys’ season was their victory in the League Meet, which was held at Garrett Mountain. The team was able to avenge an early season loss to rival Pompton Lakes, with Andrew Brennan coming in second overall, followed by a very strong pack. Captains Andrew and Sean agreed: “We had a lot of fight in that race and we were exhilarated to be able to win leagues each of our four years.” In addition to winning leagues, the team ran well in Counties, but ultimately came two points short of winning, a miniscule margin. Had they won, they would have been the first team since 2001 to win counties.

The girls’ team had to overcome the graduation of three very good runners from the previous year, but that did not discourage them. The girls’ were led by captain Lila Milgrom and Molly Smith, who pushed each other hard all year, and they were able to run some very fast individual times. Lila placed third in the County meet as well as sixth in the League meet. Other varsity runners were Kate Harrison, Margaret Rae, Samantha Moore and Alexandra Beilman. Coach Gallo said, “We were pleased with how the girls ran and developed this year and are looking forward to an even better showing next year.” The girls were also able to field a competitive freshman team, which included McKenzie Dill, Rachel Bases, Lauren Boos and Jessica Needleman.

Although the season is now over, both teams had impressive turnout and ran very well. They were able to accomplish their goals and had a great time in doing so. For runners, cross country is more than a sport, it is a lifestyle and so many of the runners will also be doing winter and spring track. Make sure to look for them and their fast times in the near future!