Patty Rivas has run the New York City Marathon twice, competes regularly in local races and, for the first time since 1992, is assembling a cross country team at Raritan Valley Community College. As the upcoming coach of RVCC’s cross country, Revis is working with Amanda DeMartino, RVCC’s Director of Athletics, to prepare the sport for September 8, 2014.
RVCC will be competing in the Region XIX National Junior College Athletic Association Championship, which includes colleges in New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. Cross Country uses a time-based point system. Unlike most sports, in cross country fewer points equate to a higher standing because points are given based on how long a runner takes to complete the race. Time and points are directly proportional; the less time a runner takes, the less points are gained.
To be eligible for cross country, students must be enrolled in 12 credits or more, maintain a 2.0 GPA and schedule their classes to finish by 1 PM in order to make practices and meets. The men will be running 8k while the women will be running 5k. The cross country held an interest meeting on April 1, 2014 in the Conference Center, which was attended by 40 students. Trials for the final teams will be held in fall. Ten students will be selected for both the men’s and women’s team.
In 1992, RVCC won the National Junior College Athletic Association Women’s Championship. Evidently, the club used to be very strong and active. Recently, the Athletics Department received many requests from students who wanted to run cross country at the school.
Rivas and DeMartino are currently working on mapping out a course on campus for the runners. In addition, potential practices will be held at River Road Park in Bedminster, NJ, which will be used for running longer distances. There is minimal cost attached to cross country because students will be provided with uniforms and transportation by the Athletics Department.
Students who want to participate may contact the Athletics Department or attend the next cross country meeting at the end of this month, where details for the sport will be finalized so that it can be functional next semester.
This article was edited on May 1, 2014.