NORTHAMPTON – Council Rock South senior Joe Maguire is headed to Rhode Island University. A cross country and a distance runner in track, Maguire made his college intentions known in an athletic commitment ceremony held recently on the school’s Northampton Township campus.
While he also considered Stoneybrook and Rider universities, Maguire really wanted to run with the Rams.
“I felt like it was a good place for me,” he said. “I really liked the campus and the team and the coaches were really inviting.
“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity there.”
“There” is South Kingston, Rhode Island, about 240 miles north of Rock Way.
“It’s nice up there; I like it,” added Maguire “The campus is located pretty close to the beach and I like being in the Northeast so I felt like it was a good location for me.”
Last fall, Maguire went to states for the second straight season in cross country after finishing 15th overall in districts.
“The first trip didn’t go very well but this year, I did really good,” said Maguire. “I medaled so it was a good trip.”
Maguire’s personal best in the 5K is a blazing 15:58. In indoor track, in addition to competing in the mile and 2-mile runs, Joe runs the anchor leg of the distance medley relay along with teammates Andrew Zawodniak, Trenu Johnson and Evan Kutney.
Maguire recently captured a gold medal in the TFCA-of-GP Last Chance Meet Feb. 16 at Lehigh University’s Philip Rauch Fieldhouse. Maguire’s time in the 3000-meter run was 8:52.08, a new meet record.
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