Liam Higgins, Louis Greco and Joe Medina named Goshen Gladiator Student-Athletes of the
September 20, 2016 -
This week’s Gladiator student-athletes of the week are Boys’ Cross
Country team members Liam Higgins, Louis Greco and Joe Medina.
The boys’ team began the season on September 7 with a win against Burke
Catholic and Monticello. Juniors Joe Medina, Louis Greco and Liam
Higgins swept the competition, finishing together in 18:45. In the three
meets that followed, the trio of Higgins, Greco and Medina continued to
lead the Gladiators, proving themselves as strong competitors.
This is Joe Medina’s second year running cross country. Last year, Joe
was consistently in the top 7 for the duration of the cross country
season, and experienced great success during indoor and outdoor track.
After a summer of solid training, Medina has begun this season as a
consistent number three runner for the varsity squad. At Warwick’s Wave
Mania Invitational on September 10, Medina set a new personal record,
finishing the 3-mile race in 17:38. Medina followed that performance by
running 17:17 in the Suffern Invitational held at Bear Mountain.
In his third year of running on the varsity cross country team, Louis
Greco has demonstrated that hard work and dedication pay off. Last year,
Greco finished second at the Class B Section meet, attended the state
meet for cross country, and was crowned the Class B Section champion for
the 1600 meter run in outdoor track. This year, Greco picked up where he
left off, finishing 6th at Wave Mania, running 16:48. The following
week, Greco set a new personal record, running 16:33 at the Suffern
Liam Higgins was a lifelong soccer player until last year. After making
the difficult decision to hang up his soccer cleats for cross country
spikes, Higgins found his true calling as a distance runner. As a
sophomore, Higgins finished 7th in the Class B Sections cross country
meet, attended the state meet, had an outstanding indoor track season,
and won two individual section titles in both the 3000m steeplechase and
the 3200m run. To begin this season, Higgins finished in second place at
Wave Mania, shattering his previous year’s time by more than 45 seconds,
running 16:18. The following week at Bear Mountain, Higgins ran the best
race of his running career thus far, completing the 3-mile race in 16:07
and winning the Varsity C race. When all 3 varsity races are merged,
Higgins posted the 3rd fastest time of the day, out of almost 400
These three athletes, along with senior captain Kevin Long and sophomore
Nicolas Paneto, have helped the Gladiator cross country team earn its
best start in more than a decade! At Wave Mania, the Goshen boys placed
2nd in their heat. At the Suffern Invitational, the varsity squad again
finished in 2nd place to a team who last year won the Connecticut State
Championship. When all teams are merged, Goshen finished in 5th place
out of 64 scoring teams.
We want to wish the Gladiator Cross Country team the best of luck the
remainder of the season!