PARSIPPANY — The Bernards High School cross country team captured its fourth NJSIAA North 2 Group II title Saturday behind the strong performances of Chris Sisto and Will Myers, who finished second and fourth respectively.
Bernards had a team score of 50, besting Summit by three points to win their first sectional title since 2005.
“For this being my first year on the team, it’s so exciting that we’re doing so well,” Myers said. “I’m not that familiar with the history of the team, but knowing that we came out and ran so well today and next year is going to be even better is really great.”
Sisto finished second overall with a time of 16:36 and Myers placed fourth at 17:00. Freshman Richard Gruters ran his best time ever, finishing 11th with a time of 17:22 and Bernards’ top runner throughout the season, Cooper Rudin, finished 14th, coming in at 17:27. Ford Atwater rounded out Bernards’ scoring by running 18:05, good for 33rd place.
“Going into today, I wanted to win and go 1-2 with Cooper, but I could tell he wasn’t feeling it so I just had to make that move alone,” Sisto said.
In the Girls Group IV race, North Hunterdon pulled a bit of an upset, placing all five runners in the top 12 overall and besting Hunterdon Central for the team title.
“It feels pretty good for the girls for all that they’ve sacrificed in workouts and it’s great for them and they really put it all on the line today,” North Hunterdon coach Sean Walsh said. “We expected to win, but we haven’t been here in a long time, so we haven’t been in a position to be a favorite.”
The Lions were paced by Eve Glasergreen, who finished second overall with a time of 18:27. Cailyn Lavigne came in 4th at 19:08, Sally Falk finished 9th at 19:49, one second ahead of Megan Sergison, and Breanna Cavanaugh rounded out North Hunterdon’s scoring, running a 20:06.
Bridgewater-Raritan’s Marisa Ruskan won the meet, running an 18:14, and said afterwards that she received a great push from Glasergreen.
“I knew I wouldn’t have that many girls out there with me at the top, but I knew that the girl from North Hunterdon (Glasergreen) would be competitive and it was good to have her up front pushing me,” Ruskan said.