XC 2012 - Never Too Soon To Start

New Jersey XC 2012 - Ya Gotta Love It!!

In a scant 44 days, Jerser Harriers will toe the line for the first races of the 2012 New Jersey Cross Country season. I don't know about you, but I cannot wait for September 14th. Cross Country is my favorite of the 3 running seasons and I am really excited about the coming season. 

NJRunners begins it's pre season coverage with a look at the returning individuals and their top times over the 5,000 Meter distance. In the coming days, We'll also look at returners (Teams as well as Individuals) by:





*Meet of Champions


Because lengendary Holmdel Park is so integral to NJ Cross Country, we'll take an in depth look at returning athletes' performances over this "Mecca" of XC. We'll visit with some of this year's prospective top runners and coaches. We will also publish our updated All Time Holmdel Individual Lists

We'll end the month and enter September with NJRunners Top 10 picks and the 2012 debit of our panel of experts and the Weekly NJ High School XC Poll .Keep coming back as we fill the rest of the Summer with Pre Season Cross Country coverage.


2012 XC Returners

These lists give you a look at the performances of the 2012 returning runners over the standard 5000 meter distance. XC courses vary in terrain, levels of difficulty, etc. While Holmdel Park has become the benchmark of Cross Country running in NJ, there are many courses throughout the state and many fine times are turned in





All-Everything Edward Cheserek, pictured winning the 2011 Foot Locker National Championships tops the list of returning Boys.











Rank Time Name School C/O Date Meet
1 14:20 Edward Cheserek St. Benedict's Prep 2013 10/28 Essex Co. Champs
2 15:20 Mike McClemens Christian Bros. Academy 2014 11/01 Shore Conf. Champs
3 15:26 Jack Boyle Christian Bros. Academy 2013 11/01 Shore Conf. Champs
4 15:27 Dylan Tarpey Freehold Twp. 2014 11/01 Shore Conf. Champs
5 15:28 Matt Nelson Barnegat 2013 11/01 Shore Conf. Champs
6 15:29 Rob Napolitano Red Bank Catholic 2013 11/01 Shore Conf. Champs
7 15:33 Shawn Wilson Cherokee 2013 11/05 SJ Sectional - G4
8 15:35 Greg Halla Haddonfield 2013 10/20 Colonial Conf. Champs
9 15:38 Ben Malone Pascack Valley 2013 10/29 Bergen Co. Champs
10 15:38 Billy Bragg Christian Bros. Academy 2013 11/01 Shore Conf. Champs










Complete List of 2012 XC Returners (5000 Meters)








Lacey Twp. junior Danielle Leavitt made quite an impression last year as she racked up some great wins and turned in a state leading 5k Cross Country time of 17:37





              Time                                                                                                                                       C/O    Date             Meet



Danielle Leavitt

Lacey Twp. 2014 11/01 Shore Conf.
2 17:45 Amanda Corbosiero Mt. Saint Dominic Academy 2014 10/28 Essex County
3 17:45 Rachel Christ Rumson-Fair Haven 2013 11/01 Shore Conf.
4 17:59 Shelby Cain Haddonfield Memorial 2014 10/20 Colonial Conf.
5 18:08 Meghan Malloy Haddonfield Memorial 2013 10/20 Colonial Conf.
6 18:12 Mackenzie Barry Mendham 2014 10/24 NJAC
7 18:16 Sarah DiSanza High Point 2013 10/24 NJAC
8 18:18 Nisa Cicitta Voorhees 2013 9/24 Six Flags
9 18:20 Ariana North Northern Highlands 2013 11/05 North 1 Sect.
10 18:21 Colette Richter Mountain Lakes 2013 10/24 NJAC

Complete List of 2012 XC Retuners (5000 Meters)



Photo Credits

Front Page: Dave Giantisco (Delaware Valley HS)

Danielle Leavitt: Dennis Smythe for NJRunners.com

Edward Cheserek: Don Rich for MileSplit.com