Monticello Panthers compete at OCIAA championship at Bear Mountain

Article courtesy of Coach Rick Sternkopf

Monticello Panthers competed at the OCIAA Championship meet, held at Bear Mountain on Oct. 25. It was a challenging 3.0 mile course. 

three monticello athletes show off their medals Three Monticello Panthers placed in the Top 10 in the Varsity Boys Race and here they are showing off their Medals.
 Left – Right: Brandon Mancroni (8th Overall – 16:05), Steve Bello (2nd Overall – 15:31), Evan Waterton (4th Overall – 15:56)

Our next race (Section IX Class B Championship) will be Wednesday, Nov. 6th at Bear Mountain. Going into the race, Steve Bello is the favorite to win, with Evan Waterton and Brandon Mancroni seeded 3rd and 4th respectively. Taina DeJesus is seeded just inside the Top 10 for the Varsity Girls race. 

the top 7 monticello runners pose
Monticello’s Top 7 Runners Post-Race Picture  Left – Right: Noah Hicks, Quentin Cruz, Brandon Mancroni, Steve Bello, Evan Waterton, Luke Norton, Bobby Pape-Lucella
the top 7 runners post-race
Monticello’s Top 7 Runners Pre-Race Picture Left – Right: Noah Hicks, Steve Bello, Brandon Mancroni, Evan Waterton, Quentin Cruz, Bobby Pape-Lucella, Luke Norton
members of the girls cross country team smile before they race
Girls Varsity Pre Race Picture Left – Right:  Gabby Acosta-Herrera, Shelby Burns, Sasrika Rajan, Aubrey Soller, Taina DeJesus (Aubrey Soller- 22:44, and Taina DeJesus – 20:51 were Monticello’s Top Female Finishers) 
the boys cross country team gets ready to race
More Monticello Panthers (Boys getting ready for their race) Left – Right:  Michael Simonov, Christian DeJesus, Alan Chen Lin, Frankie Georgianni, John Creighton, Thomas Vaeth, Dylan Price