Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Motivation Abounds at Indian Hills

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Motivation Abounds at Indian Hills

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HOLMDEL -- Matt Cohane was the fourth runner on the 2013 Indian Hills team that came up short of a State Meet of Champions berth with a fourth-place finish, and the fifth runner on the 2014 team that came up short of a Group 3 title with a second-place finish.

Saturday, he was the Braves' second runner to finish on a powerful team that came up short of nothing, routing the Group 3 competition and earning Indian Hills its first state title, 50-114, over Colts Neck.

Although junior teammate Tom Holster led the Braves with a surprising third-place finish, it was clear who the driving athlete was on the Indian Hills bus.

"He kept me going when I wasn't sure if I was going to be as good as I wanted to be," said junior Derek Barney, 12th on Saturday and one place behind Cohane.

"We wanted to do it for Coach [Tom] Zaccone and for Matt," said Chris Corcoran, who finished 16th, two spots and five seconds ahead of Indian Hills' fifth scorer, Chris Leymeister. "We really wanted this from the beginning of the summer until now."

"Matt's been our captain and a fine leader all year," said a relieved Zaccone, who earned his first state title after 44 collective years at Hackensack and Indian Hills. "This team wouldn't allow itself to be pigeonholed into a certain order of finishers, and Matt kept us steady all year."

"I saw what Chris Evans and Bobby Corcoran did as captains when I joined the team, and what Matt Tuohy and the seniors did last year, and I tried to figure out what works and lead the team that way. We learned that it wasn't just the training and the races that were important, but how to recover, too."

Indian Hills was the only North Jersey winner in Groups 2 and 3, but the River Dell boys and Wayne Hills girls scored their first berths in next week's State Meet of Champions.

Wayne Hills overcame a mental mistake -- senior Katerina Zachmann forgot to pin on her scoring tag -- and a difficult race for usually dependable fifth runner Shea Brennan to take second in girls Group 3 behind prohibitive favorite Mendham. …

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