David Bartley, varsity cross country

“As only a sophomore, David Bartley was the team’s top finisher at the conference, county and sectional meets. He had a team and individual personal best times of 17:33 at Warinanco Park and 17:03 at Greystone Park. He was a dedicated worker and showed up at every summer practice. His efforts paid off and we are looking forward to more great races from him in the future.”
— Coach John Schiano

When and why did you do cross country?
“I joined cross country during the start of my eighth-grade year. The reason why I started cross country is that I wanted to try a new sport for the fall season.”

How has cross country impacted your life?
“I have made a lot of new friends throughout the cross country season. They also gave me very important tips of how to become a better runner in the future.”

What achievement in your personal or athletic life are you most proud of?
“The achievement I am most proud of is my personal record of 17:03 in the 5K. I never thought I would run in the low 17’s by the end of this year.”

Aside from cross country, what are some of your favorite hobbies?
“I like playing video games and spending time with my family and friends.”

Has cross country taught you any life lessons? If so, what are they?
“A lesson I learned from cross country is, if there’s is something that you like to do and you’re good at it, you should take it seriously and keep doing it.”

Has growing up in Cranford shaped you into the person you are now?
“Definitely. I lived in Cranford though my whole life and I’m happy of who I am.”

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
“I would probably see as myself as a computer programmer or doing something with computers.”