On Wednesday, October 5 the Columbia boys varsity cross country team won the Super Essex Conference (SEC) championship at Branch Brook Park in Newark. The Cougars finished first among ten teams and defeated second place Seton Hall Prep by a score of 48-70 based on five runners scoring for each team according to the place they finished.
The team’s average time for the 5K (3.1 mile) course was 16:42, the third fastest time in course history. The Cougars were paced by three Top 10 medal winning performances: Senior Jared Pangallozzi finished 3rd in 16:08 followed by juniors David Ives in 7th place and Tim Depue in 8th. Juniors Avery Coreschi (14th) Jonathan Salinardo (16th) rounded out the scoring. The time span between the first and fifth runners, often referred to in cross country jargon as the “compression”, was an impressive 58 seconds.
The next cross country meet for the boys varsity team will be Friday, October 28 when they compete in the Essex County Championships at Brookdale Park in Montclair. The meet begins with the freshman race at 3:00 p.m. and concludes with the varsity boys race at 5:20 p.m.
Pictured left are, Ricky Hankey, Rob Howell, David Ives, Jared Pangallozzi, Tim Depue, Avery Coreschi, Jonathan Salinardo