To reach his goal, Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School cross-country runner Josh Rosemore needed to do a lot of work.
Rosemore, 17, tried to run about 50 miles a week during the fall sports season to remain in top shape. The senior did not lose any of the six races he ran in during the regular season, but his big goal was to win the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference title for a third consecutive year.
All the hard work paid off as Rosemore finished in first place among C Conference runners at the MIAA championship meet on Nov. 1 at Oregon Ridge Park. At this meet, athletes from the A, B and conferences all run in one race, and Rosemore was the first runner in his conference to finish – he took seventh place in the overall race, an impressive effort.
“I was actually pretty nervous,” Rosemore said. “What it means personally is that I see I can overcome a lot. I had a lot of obstacles thrown at me. I just saw it as I can overcome many of the challenges.”
Rosemore finished the 3.1-mile race in 16 minutes, 13 seconds, and that was 33.3 seconds ahead of the closest C Conference runner.
Beth Tfiloh athletic director Jeff Clarke said he’s proud of how hard Rosemore worked to reach his goal and of the runner he’s become.
“It’s really exciting to see somebody compete at such a high level,” Clarke said. “He’s been working really hard. He’s a really nice kid, and he’s a really good teammate.”
Rabbi Mordechai Abrahams is Beth Tfiloh’s cross country coach and said Rosemore pushed hard from the start and just kept improving.
Rabbi Abrahams said he liked how Rosemore, who also works with private coach Anibal Gonzales, has grown in many ways while running at Beth Tfiloh. Now, the school has a runner that’s won three consecutive championships, the rabbi said.
Rosemore’s success and work ethic gives other and future Beth Tfiloh runners something to focus on.
“As well as being a fantastic runner on the four years on the team, he worked hard to develop himself as a [team] leader,” Rabbi Abrahams said. “He was always trying to run further, faster, longer — whatever it took.”
Rosemore will still keep up his running schedule in the winter even though Beth Tfiloh does not field an indoor track team. He said he hopes to run independently at a few meets and be ready for the outdoor track season and running distance races in the spring.
He’s been running for about six years now. His father began taking him for quiet runs around the block, and then Rosemore joined Beth Tfiloh’s middle school cros- country team under Coach Jen Postal.
After that, Rosemore just kept improving. Rosemore said he wants to run in college but since he’s Shabbat observant, that could be an issue as many colleges have competitions on Saturdays.
That will be worked out in the coming months as Rosemore said he hopes to earn a business degree in college. He said he is thinking about becoming a financial advisor, but for now Rosemore is taking pride in how his hard work earned him a third straight C Conference title.
“My dad was a big runner, and my grandfather was a big runner,” Rosemore said. “They always told me how fast they were. Now, I have something to tell my kids.”
Jeff Seidel is a Baltimore-based freelance writer.
Photo of Josh Rosemore and private coach Anibal Gonzales courtesy of Josh Rosemore
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