By DIANA DE HARO
This year the men’s cross country team ran all the way to Nationals. Although they weren’t victorious in the Nationals, they won everything up to that point. “The National Championship Meet is an open meet for all NJCAA Div. 3 schools that wish to participate. We consider it an integral part of our schedule.”
Cross Country is not necessarily looked at as a team sport, but as John Burkhart explained, they work as a team during practices and motivate each other during the race. “The presence of our teammates [during the race] motivates us.”
There were only two members on the men’s team from last year; Josh Smith from Millville and John Burkhart from Vineland. “I definitely do feel I improved…I won two medals and I placed at several races [top 15],” said Burkhart.
“The motivation for next year’s team will be to look back on the accomplishments of this past year,” explains Coach Marketto.
The women placed 17th of 23 schools participating. There was only one returning member from the women’s team from last year: Candace Brown from Vineland.
Coach Marketto has been coaching for a little over thirty years. His coaching career started back in 1979. Four years at Gloucester County and seven at Buena Regional. He also coached at Sacred Heart, Ocean City and Regional Triton. Eight of those years have been spent coaching Cumberland County College crosscountry team. “He really knows his stuff and his workouts are put together really well,” said John Burkhart.