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CBA repeats as county cross country champions

first_imgBY TIM MORRISStaff Writer CBA repeats as county cross country champions BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer PHOTOS BY CHRIS KELLY staff Middletown South’s Jaime Liberti (above) and Raritan’s Joe Wittmer race to the finish at the Monmouth County Championships at Holmdel Park Saturday. In a race between two of the top five teams in the state, Christian Brothers Academy of Lincroft defended its Monmouth County cross country championship Oct. 10. The Colts, ranked second in the state, outran No. 5 Red Bank Regional, 36-87. CBA used its superior depth to overcome RBR’s edge out front. The Bucs’ Joe Kingsbery unleashed a sizzling kick over the final 800 meters to beat Colts Neck frosh Craig Forys to the line, in 16:05, while his Red Bank teammates, defending champion Rob Dennis (16:30) and Stave Waite (16:31), were sixth and seventh to give the Bucs the lead after three runners. But then CBA’s depth kicked in. Will Melofchik ran a strong race for the Colts and finished third (16:17), with teammate Jake Zorski fourth (16:24). CBA then took charge with Pat Ryan (16:42) and Chris Horel (16:42) finishing seventh and eighth. CBA’s No. 5, Theo Shahenn, was 12th (16:59). CBA’s five-runner average was 16:36.8. The Colts are so deep that their sixth and seventh runners, Brett Fiorovanti (17:07) and Kevin Rogers (17:09), finished 15th and 16th. On Saturday at the Shore Conference Championships, also to be held at Holmdel, the Colts will not only go up against RBR again, but Ocean County winner Toms River North, ranked third in the state. The Mariners scored 21 points in winning their fifth straight Ocean title Friday at Ocean County Park, Lakewood. The Mariners’ Chris Pisano won the individual championship, posting a 15:32 on the flat and fast Ocean County Park course. No doubt, the Mariners will have last year’s one-point, 84-85, loss to CBA on their minds when they take the line on Saturday. Matawan’s one-two punch of Tom Walsh (16:46) and John Smith (16:55) ran 10th and 11th at the county championships. The Huskies were seventh (255). The Holmdel Hornets relied on their balance (they didn’t have anyone finish in the top 20) to finish fourth (193). The Hornets’ top runner was Adam Lampell, 26th overall (17:28). Raritan finished eighth (265), led by Joe Wittmer (17:19) and Matt Dahl (17:26), who were 22nd and 25th. The girls’ defending champion Middletown South finished sixth (154) behind first-time champion Howell (74). The Eagles’ Jamie Liberti raced with the leaders throughout the race and finished third (20:08) behind Ocean’s Erin Enderly (19:42) and Shore Regional’s Julie Ullmeyer (20:05). The Eagles’ Alex Beaver was ninth (20:42). Holmdel’s girls had the best local finish, third place (121). Sophomore Lisa Pacascia led the Hornets’ nest with an eighth place (20:32). The Hornets had all five runner finish in the top 33. Amanda Mahler (21:19) and Ashley Thompson (21:21), were 23rd and 25th for Mater Dei, which finished 11th (267).last_img

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