Roxbury High School Cross Country Team Kick off the School Year

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Although Summer hasn’t ended quite yet, the Roxbury Gaels are back at it. The Roxbury High School Cross Country athletes held their annual kick-off dinner on Tuesday, August 21st.

Last year, their Booster Club decided that the team should encourage its athletes to give back to the community that supports them so families coming to the kick-off dinner were encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to Roxbury Social Services, an organization in town that provides Roxbury Township residents with necessary services and information based on individual needs and handling emergency situations in our community. The food pantry exists solely on the generous donations from individuals and local businesses. Many individuals and families in the Township rely on social services and the food pantry.

Coaches Laura Schmidt and Derek Bischoff encouraged their student-athletes to participate by reminding them during practices and via their Google Classroom page. The team, made up for 10 girls and 30 boys responded, collecting enough items to fill a trunk of a car. Captain, Andrew Marino, delivered their collected items to Roxbury Social Services on Wednesday, August 22nd.

The RHS Cross Country team is gearing up this year with their annual XC Invitational Race. It is estimated that 1,000 athletes from high schools all over Northern NJ will attend the event. This year it will be held on Saturday, September 8th at Horseshoe Lake.

The premier sponsor for this year’s Invitational is Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. They have close to 100 convenient locations all over northern NJ. To find a location near you, go to As part of their sponsorship, Kessler will be offering an experienced staff of licensed physical therapists who specialize in sports injuries. Athletes and spectators are welcome to come by the Kessler tent to meet the clinical staff and learn more about injury prevention and movement efficiency.

One more thing-my son just told me Aidan Straut, Michael Garrity & Michael Stanzilis assisted in the delivery

PHOTO ABOVE (courtesy of Roxbury High School)

  • RHS Boys and Girls Cross Country Team: (L to R – Back Row) Lauren Tom, (Gr 11) Isabella Campiglia (Gr 9), Ashley Miske (Gr 10), Aidan Crysler (Gr 10), Shannon Massage (Gr 9), Breanna Williamson (Gr 11), Ariel Vasquez (Gr 11), Andrew Simonsen (Gr 11), Tim Byrne (Gr 11), Andrew Marino (Gr 12), Vinnie Rawla (Gr 9), Matt Hajel (Gr 9), Aidan Straut (Gr 12), Michael Garrity (Gr 12), RJ Heun (Gr 11), Alex Harrington (Gr 10), (L to R – Front Row) Chris Day (Gr 11), Ben McDonald (Gr 10), Kevin Stone (Gr 11), Zachary Kohner (Gr 11)

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