Friday, 18 December 2009 00:00
Every year Coach Macchia’s Farmingdale High School Boys Cross Country Team turns out to be a unique group of teammates and students.
The 2009 group was led this season by seniors and friends Tommy Mastropasqua, Danny Kolver, Luke Alber, Nick Connolly, Derek Venezia and junior Nick Russo. The group has been together and grown together since they were freshmen. Tom Mullen, Ignacio Casali, Chris Saunders and Ritchie Goodwin round out the group. Their team has swelled to almost 30 because of an energetic coach and a nice group of runners that have welcomed all new teammates regardless of how many uniforms the athletic department provided.
The team finished second in their conference with Luke Alber as a New York State qualifier. Cross Country Running is a team sport and Coach Macchia has continuously stressed teamwork throughout the past four years. They run, practice and strategize every day after school. These runners organize their own off season workouts as well as special running trips to get their miles in. They like to run four to seven miles a day or 25 – 40 miles a week, and we do mean “like to run”.
These 30 or so teammates love to run and love to run together. You may have seen these shirtless runners as they run the bike path up and down the Bethpage Parkway all year long. Maybe you have seen the group playing ultimate Frisbee in a nearby park as a way to stretch those muscles. You may have seen them running through Montauk when on their annual beach camping / kayaking trip, running through New York City’s Central Park, running Mt. Washington or Bear Mountain. You may have just noticed a group of healthy, tanned, good-looking young men and young ladies laughing and having fun.
These student runners are organized, competitive, motivated and in great shape. If your son (or your daughter, Ms. Dunne is a great coach/teacher) is looking for a sport or club to join in high school, Farmingdale Cross Country is the one that will make them a better student as well as provide opportunities for having a great time with what ultimately will be lifelong friends. The boys and girls teams support each other throughout the year and a group of boys made the trip to Plattsburgh, N.Y. in order to support their teammate Luke at the state race. Over the years, parents have remarked how nice it is to see runners that have graduated come back to hang out with their former teammates and talk about their college experiences giving the team a valued alumnus. The coaching has cultivated a special group of future college graduates and community leaders. After four years and 6000 – 8000 or more miles these young men are ready for the next challenge.