The men’s and women’s cross country teams recently participated in the Region 19 Cross Country Championship meet, which was hosted by Thaddeus Stevens College. The meet featured a newly designed and very hilly 8K course for the men and a 5K course for the women, both located at Lancaster County Central Park in Pennsylvania.

The men’s team went into the race as the underdogs, ran one of their best races of the season, but fell short to Rowan College South Jersey-Gloucester, finishing in second place. “We wanted to go down with a fight to defend our back-to-back region titles, and I felt we went down swinging,” said coach Mike Tursi. The team was led by sophomore team captain Casey Brown (Pt. Pleasant Boro High School), who placed 5th overall, earning a place on the All-Region team for the second straight year. He was followed across the line by sophomore team captain, Jay Morris (Monmouth Regional High School) who ran his best race of the season. Sophomore Isaias Usurin (Long Branch High School) was next to finish and ran his best race of the season as well.n as well.

Captain Matt Newman, a sophomore from Rumson-Fair Haven High School, was the 4th man across the line. Rounding out the scoring was freshman Aiden Casucci from Freehold Boro High School. Lance Bennette, a freshman from Brick Township High School was the 6th man across the line for Brookdale running his best race of the season. Freshman Jack Kratka (Middletown South High School) and sophomore captain, Joshua Cabral (Middletown North High School) completed the team for placing second overall, and able to qualify for the national championship on November 11th in Huntsville, Alabama at the John Hunt Park. The men’s race will start at 12:00 noon.

Woman with long brown hair wearing a cross country shirt that is red and blue stripe.In the women’s competition, Freshman Brooke Meberg  (Ocean Township High School) ran her best race of her college career by placing 5th overall. Her 5th place finish was one of the top finishes by a woman from Brookdale in the last 10 years. By placing in the top 10 overall, Brooke earned herself a trip to the national cross-country championship as well.The women’s 5K race will begin at 1:00 p.m.

The upcoming national championship in Alabama promises to be an exciting opportunity for Brookdale’s cross country teams to showcase their skills and represent their college with pride.