Oster Finishes 15th In National Race

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Dave and Coach Diddy!
Dave and Coach Diddy!

Dave Oster turned in an impressive time of 15:41.5 to finish 15th in the 2009 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in San Diego today.

Despite battling a hard rain and sore quadriceps muscle, he was the first finisher from the East Coast division to cross the line, just ahead of arch-rival Tyler Udland of Millburn. “He was happy with his performance,” says assistant cross-country coach Laura Palmerezzi, who was with Oster in San Diego. “He’s been running pretty much without competition; this is the first time he’s seeing athletes at this level. He ran a great race.”

Also cheering Oster on at the finish line was his childhood skateboarding friend Eddie Congdon. Now a junior at VHS and one of Oster’s running partners on the cross-country team, Congdon took up running years ago at his friend’s encouragment. “It was real exciting,” says Congdon. “I was running up and down the course trying to catch him wherever he was. His leg wasn’t feeling that good, but he ended up pulling through. I had a feeling he would; he always does.”

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Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langanhttps://myveronanj.com
Julia Martin Langan moved to Verona in 1989. A long-time journalist, she has been on the staff of Money, Sports Illustrated, Bride’s and Redbook magazines. Her articles on health and parenting appear in a variety of national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Self and Family Circle. She and her husband Greg have three school-aged children, and are members of Our Lady of the Lake Church. You can reach Julia at [email protected]

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