RAHWAY–After a long summer of running 60-70 miles a week, most cross-country runners are anxious to compete. Such is the case with Rahway senior Jeremy Antivo.
“We train so hard all summer long, through blood, sweat and tears. The constant running just makes you hungry to see what you can do in a race,” says Antivo, who begins his 2010-2011 campaign on the right track, breaking yet another Rahway record at the St. Dominic Academy Invitational in Jersey City.
Antivo ran a school record 17 minutes 4 seconds on the 3.38 mile course, slightly longer than the typical 3.1 mile course layout, to lead Rahway to a fifth place finish.
“We wanted to place much higher, but it didn’t happen for us today”, says senior captain Luke Harper, who finished in eleventh place. “However, we had some strong performances from our young runners and we know we will make a statement this year that Rahway is not just a strong program on the track, but we are serious contenders in cross country as well.
“We had a strong start to our season. We have big dreams and greater expectations, so we certainly aren’t satisfied,” says distance coach Leon Bunion. “The guys will continue to work hard and follow the plan for success that has been mapped out and I’m confident we will reach our goals. Jeremy had a great day and he is certainly on his way to possibly the greatest season by a Rahway cross-country runner. It is important that he stays focused and follows the plan.”
Antivo’s current college recruitment prospects include Syracuse, Georgetown, American University, Rider and Penn State.
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