CBA harriers easily retain Monmouth County title

first_imgPHOTOS BY CHRIS KELLY staff Above a St. John Vianney harrier races to the finish during Saturday’s Monmouth County Championship at Holmdel Park. Below, a Raritan runner tries to hold off a competitor as they near the finish. Three days after winning the Eastern State Championship at Van Cortlandt Park, Christian Brothers Academy’s top-ranked cross country team didn’t want to extend itself at the Monmouth County Championships. So the Colts ran together, as if it were a dual meet, and easily captured the county championship on Oct. 19 at Holmdel Park. The Colts’s 50 points more than doubled that of runner-up Colts Neck (101). Justin Wheat (16:52), Brian Keating (16:53), Kevin Rogers (16:53), Chris Horel (16:53) and Greg Leach (16:54) crossed the finish line in a group in places eight through 12 for the Colts. Without pushing themselves, they all managed to run under 17:00 — an impressive performance by the team favored to win the Meet of Champions next month. So deep is this CBA team that its sixth and seventh runners, Nick DiChiara (17:02) and Derek Jensen (17:11), were 14th and 15th. Colts Neck’s Craig Forys won the individual championship covering the 5K course in 16:05. Raritan’s Matt Dahl (16:38) closed well to take third place and Matawan’s Tom Walsh, continuing his comeback from injury, was fifth (16:48). Alexsander Emerel led Holmdel to third place (127) with his 13th place (16:55). Jeffrey Cody (17:26), Terry Wu (17:26) and Brian O’Keefe (17:34) were within 8 seconds of each other in 25th, 26th and 28th place for the Hornets. Walsh’s fifth place helped Matawan finish sixth (223). In the girls’ race, Holmdel’s Lisa Picascia was the top local finisher in fifth place. The junior posted a 20:09. Red Bank Regional’s Christina Nelson captured the county title in 19:32, surprising Colts Neck’s Ashley Higginson (19:51). Middletown South’s Alex Beaver was eighth (20:17). Raritan’s Christine Altland had a top 20 finish placing 16th (20:44). Holmdel’s Dannie Shudan Wang (20:56) and Wendy Shuwei Wang (20:57) were 23rd and 24th, and Middletown South’s Sophie Ehrlich (20:59) was 25th. Shore Regional won the Monmouth County title with 122 points. Middletown South had the best area finish in sixth (183), with Holmdel eighth (219). On Saturday, the harriers will turn their attention to NJSIAA championships with the running of the State Sectionals. The Central Jersey meet is at Holmdel Park. The top 10 individuals and top five teams will advance to the state group championships, also at Holmdel, on Nov. 13. The Shore Conference Championships are Nov. 6 and are scheduled to be run at Ocean County Park, Lakewood.last_img