This year, Red Bank Regional High School (RBR), added a new accolade to recognize student athletes, and in this case, scholar athletes, with the first Principal’s Cu p.
RBR Principal Risa Clay explains, “We created the Principal’s Cup, which recognizes, acknowledges and celebrates the team that strives for excellence while competing both on the playing field and in the classroom. It is awarded to the team with the highest average GPA among its members.”
The honor this year went to the Girls’ Cross Country team, which, coincidently, had registered the best team performance of the RBR fall sport’s season. For only the third time in its 30-year history, the Girls’ Cross Country team went undefeated with a 7 – 0 record. They finished second at the Shore Coaches Invitational and placed five girls in the top 25. They also finished within the top five of three other major invitationals during the season. For the first time in many years, they are ranked among the top 25 cross country running teams in New Jersey. RBR star runner Lauren Sapone placed fourth in the Shore Conference Championship and had the third fastest time in RBR history. Ranking in front of Lauren in first and second place in school history are the famous Trotter Twins, Amanda and Katy, who won the New Jersey Championship in 2002.
The girls’ performance off the field was equally amazing with a combined GPA of 96.8%.
Co-Captain Kyrsten Gilmartin comments on winning the Principal’s Cup, “It was an honor as we are hard-working inside and outside of school.”
Her Co-Captain, Emily McPeak, adds, “As a runner, you know you will be a hard-worker throughout your life.”
Their head coach, Chris Desiere, could not be happier with his team.
He adds, “This is a testament to all their hard work and rigorous practice schedule as they were always the first to start and last to finish practicing. They are able to balance their academic and athletic life with impressive finesse.”