Coaches Tim McLoone, in gray cap, and Henry Mercer, at center, mingle with supporters at Meadowridge Park before Friday’s dedication of a plaque, below, honoring the 2011 Rumson-Fair Haven girls’ cross-country team. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)
By WIL FULTON
On chilly afternoon in January a month when many runners head for the nearest indoor treadmill Meadowridge Park in Rumson honored some hardy cross-country runners and their coaches.
A bronze plaque was dedicated Friday to memorialize the 2011 NJSIAA Meet of Champions win by the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional girls’ cross-country team and its coaches, Tim McLoone and Henry Mercer.
McLoone, a well-known local business owner and philanthropist, called the occasion a celebration of the sport itself.
Cross-country is such a tough, demanding sport, he said. And its really still under the radar. We really dont get a lot of press for what we do. So its nice to have this monument up for everyone to see. And personally, its a little overwhelming.