On the heels of coaching the Girls' Varsity Lacrosse Team to their second consecutive state sectional title last spring—not to mention a #14 state ranking—Pingry's Director of Athletics is honored by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
By Zara Jacob '21
Head Coach: Chris Shilts P '17, '19, '21, '24
Last season's highlights:
Coming off a record-breaking season the year before, Joe Shilts '19 (now running for The College of Wooster) and Nick Robinson '19 captained a team of just nine boys. Highlights included a fourth-place team finish at the Prep A Championships, where Henry Wood '21, a leading member of the Boys' Varsity Cross Country Team, took fourth in the 1600 (4:42) and Joe won the 55-meter hurdles (8:05). Additionally, freshmen Niles Luke and Oliver Mendhelsohn stepped up to the plate and made significant strides during the season that helped the team.
What to watch for this season:
With junior captains Christian Colella '21 (sprinter and hurdler) and Henry Wood '21 (mid-distance) at the helm, the team lacks seniors, but is larger than in past years. According to Head Coach Shilts, the objective for the beginning of the season is to gradually acclimate to the winter season and build a strong, solid base with workouts. The end-goal is to score in the Non-Public A Championships, one of the most competitive track meets in the state.
With new shot putters ranging from rookie sophomores to seniors, trained long distance runners, and a new interest in hurdles, the team will search for depth in the various events and develop the team identity.
Following the Bishop Laughlin Games on Staten Island just before Winter Break and the Lavino Relays at Lawrenceville on January 11, the team will compete at the NJSIAA Non-Public A Relay Championships on January 20.
"Growth and development is major this year—we will celebrate the individual successes along the way, and find out who we are as a team."—Head Coach Shilts
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