PUSH YOUR PACE XC CAMP – 2018
with Justina Cassavell and Rich Refi
July 29th-August 2nd
@ RAMAPO COLLEGE of NEW JERSEY
For Early Registration Discount: Camper must be registered and paid in full by June 15th 2018. Please complete both forms to guarantee your spot at Camp.
PYP Announces Featured Speakers for 2018 Camp
Camp Directors Justina Cassavell and Rich Refi have announced our featured speakers for the 2018 Push Your Pace XC Camp
Bill Collins has been coaching for 40 years at Highland Regional the head coach and an assistant. He became the head track coach in 1979 and later the head coach in cross country. He also served as the girls head cross country coach for a number of years. His head dual meet coaching record stands at 301 wins and 43 losses. He has had team winning streaks of 55 straight wins in track and 40 straight in cross country.
In cross country Highland Regional has won 23 conference championships, 8 sectional titles and two state championships. They have qualified for the state championship 36 of the last 38 years. They hold the all time boys five man average on the Van Cortlandt 5000 meter course, which is the fastest in state history and the fourth fastest of all time. They have had four boys and one girl qualify for the footlocker nationals. One of which was Megan Venables who holds the Holmdel course record at 17:28. They have had 5 boys win the Meet of Champs either in cross country or the 3200 meters in track and has had four boys run faster than 9:06 for the 3200 meters. Four of his runners; Kevin Pumphrey, Nate Miller, Josh Clark and Megan Venables were named NJ Cross Country runner of the year.
Coach Bob O’Rourke has been a fixture on the New Jersey cross country scene since 1957 when he entered St. Aloysius High School in Jersey City as a freshman. What followed was a stellar high school career, coached by renowned Coach Bob Short, that included many individual titles and establishing the course record of 12:55 on the historic 2.5 mile course at Lincoln Park in Jersey City. He competed successfully on a track scholarship at Seton Hall University under that direction of legendary Olympic Coach John Gibson.
In 1974 he coached the original girls cross country team at North Hunterdon High School. In their first year the girls finished second in the state of New Jersey. In 1975 he took the job as boys Cross Country Coach. Over the next 25 years North Hunterdon running earned the reputation as arguably the best public high school distance running program in the state of New Jersey on a consistent basis. Four North Hunterdon boys won individual Meet of Champions titles and they finished 1-2 twice. In 1992 Brendan Heffernan went on to become the first New Jersey boy to become National Champion.
1983: 1st-Brad Hudson-15:36 CR! 2nd-Andy Martin-15:59
1984: 1st-Andy Martin-15:34 CR! 2nd-Billy Babcock-15:48
1992: 1st-Brendan Heffernan-15:32. MOC Record!
1993: Brendan Heffernan-National Champion-15:13
1995: 1st-Chris Robinson-16:02
North Hunterdon won a single Meet of Champions team title and were a fixture in the top five year after year. Coach O’Rourke has been selected as “Coach of the Year” by the New Jersey Star-Ledger, the Easton Express, the Courier News, the Hunterdon Democrat, and the Hunterdon Review for leading his boys to countless county, conference, sectional and group titles throughout the years.
Since retiring from North Hunterdon in the year 2000, coach has worked as an assistant, a volunteer and a consultant at Hillsborough High School with Coach Rich Refi and is currently a volunteer assistant at Jackson Liberty High School.
Coach O’Rourke has been inducted into the New Jersey State High School Coaches Hall of Fame and into the North Hunterdon High School Hall of Fame.
Meet of Champions
4 Individual Winners (3 second place) and 1 Team title
6 Individual Winners and 8 Team titles and
11 Individual Winners and 12 Team tiles
The Push Your Pace Class of 2015