OPXC Update: Rams Hope to Turn Things Around Before County Championships

Thomas Hunt, Co-Editor

Since August, talks about the potential of the 2022 Oratory Prep Cross Country team have been frequently recurring; however I believe Russell Wilson put it best when he said, “Potential just means you haven’t done it yet.” After being outclassed by state ranked #2 Union Catholic, #4 Westfield and #7 Summit at the Conference Championships on October 11th – the boys will hope to turn it around at the Union County Championships on October 20th. Despite varsity finishing without a single runner achieving a new personal best, it is notable to mention that the JV Rams took home 3rd place up against the whole county. The JV scoring 5 consisted of Bobby Bajkowski, Rome Brachfeld, Dean Webber, Shane Costalos and Michael Buonaiuto. As for varsity, it looks as if a fire has been lit under them after the disappointing performance at conferences. This is especially true for the top 3 of Tommy Hunt, Gus Russo and Declan Kelly, all of whom will look to tear up Warinanco Park for the county meet.  As for

Max Russo – 2018 & 2019 County Champion (Image via the Oratory Omega)

the rest of the varsity 7, it is somewhat unknown who will fill out spots 4,5,6 & 7, but best believe they

2017 OPXC Team (Image via the Oratory Omega)

will give everything for the team. The County championship is a meet that the Rams placed top 5 in 2017, 2018 and 2019; Varsity will look to channel some of the Oratory magic of old, and regain the exclusive top 5 status. Although they have experienced some adversity this season, it is not a smart idea to count out OPXC; The Revenge Tour starts now – if I were you, I’d buckle up for the ride.