CBA tops TRN harriers to repeat as SC champions

first_imgBY TIM MORRISStaff Writer CBA tops TRN harriers to repeat as SC champions BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Christian Brothers Academy confirmed that it is the best team in the Shore Conference by convincingly winning its highly anticipated showdown with Toms River North. Saturday’s Shore Conference Cross Country Championships was one of the most highly anticipated meets of the season, pitting the Colts, ranked No. 2 in the state and TR North, No. 3, against each other for the first time this year. The Mariners have emerged in the last three years as a contender to CBA’s Shore crown. Two years ago it was Toms River North prevailing and ending CBA’s 19-year winning streak. Last fall, the Colts got the title back escaping by a single point, 84-85, in one of meet’s greatest finishes. With both CBA (Monmouth) and Toms River North (Ocean) impressively winning their respective county championships, an epic race was expected Saturday. It wasn’t quite as dramatic as last year’s one-points win, but nevertheless, exciting, as CBA topped Toms River North, 42-59. The Colts put four runners in the Top 10 and their fifth man was 14th. The Mariners had two in the Top 10 and placed all five runners in the first 20. Red Bank Regional teammates Joe Kingsbery (15:59.74) and Robbie Dennis (15:59.95) dominated the individual race with Kingsbery tacking on the conference title to his Monmouth County win. The drama took place behind the two Bucs. The Colts’ Will Meolfchik got things going for CBA by out-running TRN’s Ocean County champion Chris Pisano for third place.Melofchik’s 16:07.36 for the 5K Holmdel Park course was the eighth fastest this year. Pisano followed in 16:09.51. Next, Jake Zorski finished one place again of TRN’s Dan Bingham, 16:16.78-16:16:24.56. The Colts then salted the victory away with Chris Horel finishing 10th (16:41), Theo Shaheen 11th (16:45) and Pat Ryan, 16th (16:51). In team scoring they were ninth, 10th, and 14th. CBA’s five-runner average of 16:32.40 was almost a full 10 seconds better than the Mariners (16:42.20). Holmdel’s Hornets were sixth (228) led by Adam Lampell’s 29th place (17:18). Jeff Cody finished second among the Hornets in 40th overall (17:36). John Smith led the Matawan Huskies with his 12th place (16:48). Tom Walsh was 32nd (17:21) as Matawan finished 12th (316). Raritan was 13th led by Matt Dahl, 51st (17:49), and Middletown South was 15th (360) topped by Ryan Brennessel’s 57th (17:57). For the girls, Middletown South’s Jamie Liberti continues to run faster each week. In a race dominated by Ocean County (one-two-three led by winner Jennifer Clausen of Jackson in 18:30), the Eagle senior was the first Monmouth County runner across the line in fourth place, clocking 19:52. She held off Ocean’s Erin Enderly, who had beaten her for the Monmouth County title, who ran 19:54 Saturday. South’s girls finished fifth (211) in the team standings. Toms River East won it all with 134 points. Alex Beaver was South’s second scorer, finishing 23rd overall (20:52). Holmdel was 10th led by the 17th place of Lisa Picascia (20:40). No. 2 scorer Wendy Shuwei Wang was 31st (21:03) and Dannie Shudan Wang, 42nd (21:26). Mater Dei’s Amanda Mahler was 19th (20:44) and helped the Seraphs finish 15th (367). This weekend the NJSIAA state sectionals will be held at Holmdel Park. The top 10 runners from each of the four groups in the Central Jersey section plus the top five teams will advance to the State Group championships on Nov. 15 at Holmdel Park.last_img

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