Younes Abada

Secaucus senior

Younes Abada, shown at the 2021 NIIC Divisional Championships at Garret Mountain


The always competitive Abada will complete his excellent cross-country career after four outstanding years, each one better than the year before if he stays healthy.

Last year, he won four of his 14 races and finished lower than fifth just twice, in his first race of the year and his last, at the State Meet of Champions, where he ran his Holmdel personal best. He won the North Hudson title, was second in the Hudson County, NJIC Meadowlands, NJIC Conference and North 2, Group 1 sectional. He was fifth in Group 1 and could be a championship contender this year.

Preseason Top 25 rankings

  1. Northern Highlands
  2. Ridgewood
  3. Don Bosco
  4. Clifton
  5. Pascack Valley
  6. Indian Hills
  7. Demarest
  8. Leonia
  9. Kinnelon
  10. Bergen Catholic
  11. Wayne Valley
  12. Lakeland
  13. Secaucus
  14. Bergen Tech
  15. Lyndhurst
  16. Hackensack
  17. Wayne Hills
  18. Old Tappan
  19. Hasbrouck Heights
  20. Park Ridge/Emerson
  21. Passaic Valley
  22. Ramsey
  23. Glen Rock
  24. Rutherford
  25. Paramus                                                                                         

Secaucus has everyone back from the team that won the North Hudson championship, was second in the North 2, group 1 race and was fourth in Hudson County. Senior co-captain Younes Abada is the clear standout with co-captain Andrew Curry right behind. Seniors Adrian Delos Santos, Krushay Bhavsar, Roger Pragados, Lohitaksh Senkesi, Armann Budhrani, Jorge Rodriguez and Joshua Unsay make the experienced Patriots a dangerous team.