Garaway Cross Country

Pirates XC star BJ Schwartz signs on to run at Kent State Tusc.

It’s official. All-Ohio cross country star BJ Schwartz’ cross country training for college could conceivably consist of him running from his parents’ home to his college and back.

Schwartz opted to stay close to home in moving on to the college ranks next season, and recently signed today to run cross country for Kent State Tuscarawas.

The Flashes completed their inaugural season this past fall under head coach Mark Albaugh, and Schwartz was excited about having an opportunity to continue his fabulous running career while remaining close to home.

“BJ isn’t quite sure what he wants to do yet, so it makes sense for him to compete at Kent-Tusc. while figuring that out,” said Chuck Zobel, who retired this past year after serving as the Pirates’ head coach in cross country throughout Schwartz’ time at Garaway.

Schwartz was a three-time state qualifier for Garaway and was a part of three state qualifying teams for the Pirates, who during that tenure finished as high as third place as a team. This past season Schwartz completed his cross country career as an All-Ohioan, placing seventh overall in a very tough Div. III field.

While experiencing all kinds of success, Zobel said that Schwartz exhibited a couple of traits that made him the popular and successful runner he was.

“First, BJ was blessed with a ton of raw talent and a runner’s body,” Zobel said. “And he is one of those runners that, when he sets his mind to doing something, he goes out and does it. He has worked hard throughout his career here, but BJ was always kind of that class clown who kept everyone loose. He was always someone who the kids always had fun being around. I am sure that he will help the program at Kent-Tusc. immensely.”

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