Volpetti ‘ecstatic’ To Run For Monmouth
A cross country camp made all the difference for Lukas Volpetti.
The Holy Redeemer senior attended a week-long camp at Monmouth this past summer. He got to log plenty of miles, learn new stretching techniques and even watch a few pros on hand participate in a four-minute mile test.
Volpetti also had the chance to take in everything Monmouth had to offer.
The first impression clearly made an impact. Volpetti signed his National Letter of Intent to run track & field and cross country for the Hawks during a recent signing day for several Holy Redeemer athletes.
“I felt absolutely at home,” Volpetti said. “I loved all the kids, all the athletes that were down there. I didn’t see anything wrong with Monmouth.”
Running at the Division I level wasn’t always a reality for Volpetti, but it quickly became a possibility for him. The wheels were put in motion as a sophomore when his Royals’ 4x800 relay won a District 2 championship and placed fourth in the state.
“Once I got to states I was like, ‘All right, I might be able to pursue this and take this to college,’” he said.
Redeemer’s 4x800 didn’t return to the state medal stand this past spring, but Volpetti was still part of another District 2 championship, won by a comfortable margin. That’s when colleges began to seriously take notice, he said.
“It was absolutely mind-boggling to see that,” he said. “When I saw Monmouth wanted me ... I was ecstatic. I was so happy.”
Monmouth didn’t offer a spot in its program as soon as Volpetti stepped off the state track earlier this year. But his trip to its camp got him in closer touch with longtime cross country and track and field coach Joe Compagni, who brought Volpetti back to West Long Branch, New Jersey for an official visit in October.
Despite interest from other schools like Fordham, St. Francis and St. Joes, Volpetti said he knew Monmouth was the right call as soon as Compagni extended the opportunity to run with the Hawks.
Volpetti’s signing comes not long after he and the Royals’ cross country team won the District 2 Class 2A championship and finished fifth in the state. He was the team’s second-best runner at the state meet, taking 58th overall.
Bigger things could be on the way next spring.
Volpetti and running teammates Dominic Capaci and Bryce Zapusek all return to the track with a chance at a third consecutive 4x800 district title. He’s also hoping to improve on his fifth-place finishes in last year’s 800 and 1600 meters before calling it a career at Holy Redeemer.
“The normal goal is always to make it back to states,” Volpetti said. “Preferably, I’d like to make it in an individual event, too.”
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