Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Indian Hills on Path to Glory

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Indian Hills on Path to Glory

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MAHWAH -- When Indian Hills was ranked No. 1 in North Jersey for boys cross-country, it got people's attention.

Saturday, at the Bergen County cross-country championships, the Braves showed the attention was warranted. Six Braves broke 16 minutes and finished in the top 10 at a crisp Darlington County Park as they rolled to the Group B team title.

Leading the way for Indian Hills was senior Matt Cohane, who finished first in 15:39. Cohane is the lone senior in the pack, the team's spiritual leader and organizer of the team picture near the finish line.

"I think today we proved we should be up there," said Cohane, a Franklin Lakes resident. "I think [being ranked first] was a little unexpected, because when's the last time you saw Don Bosco not No. 1? But we didn't really let it affect us."

The Braves took over the top ranking after championship performances at the Shore Coaches Invitational and the Wild Safari Invitational. Next, they will run shoulder to shoulder with the Ironmen (who crushed the field in Group A, even without star Patrick Sullivan) at the Bergen Meet of Champions on Saturday at Darlington. It should be a great battle.

"We are definitely excited," said Indian Hills junior Derek Barney, who placed second in 15:41. "We are confident we should do very well."

"If we can beat them [Bosco], that would be the ultimate victory," said Indian Hills junior Thomas Holster, who was fourth in 15:54.

The Braves have always had a strong program, but rarely have they had this combination of depth and talent. Longtime Indian Hills coach Tom Zaccone called this team lightning in a bottle.

"I knew at the beginning of the season we had a lot of potential," said Cohane. "Just not a lot of experience, but every day since the summer, we were always meeting with each other and we knew that we could do something big this year. Everyone was good training-wise, and all of us got to high mileage that they'd never done before and everyone stayed injury free."

The only part of the training that the Braves changed was keeping their weekly mileage high even during the fall. …

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