Colts run well, take 2nd at cross country MOC

first_imgBY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Although there was little that anyone could do against the Don Bosco cross country team on Nov. 17, Christian Brothers Academy did little to harm its reputation for coming up with its best when it counts the most. ANDREW MILLER staff Runners in the Girls Championship race move as a pack up a hill just past the start at the Meet of Champions cross-country race at Holmdel Park on Nov. 17. Christian Brothers Academy did not add on to its state record NJSIAA Meet of Champions wins (15) at Holmdel Park, but the Colts collectively had their finest race of the year finishing second to powerhouse Don Bosco, 69-150. Their team average 16:50.20 was their best of the year. Tom Heath’s Colts emerged from the pack of contenders behind Don Bosco by getting four of its five runners under 17:00. Vin Ferrer (16:44), Brendon Pierson (16:45), Kyle Havard (16:49) and Ben Horel (16:50) finished 23-25-28-29 in team scoring and fifth runner Rich Grandelli (17:03) was 45th. There are no moral victories when you are the best high school program in the state, but the Colts can be pleased by the way they again rose to the occasion. Don Bosco simply had one of the best days in MOC history. The Ironmen dominated the race as expected with Robert Molke (16:08) and Anthony Belgiovine (16:13) starting the victory parade placing fourth and eighth in the team competition. The Ironmen had a team average of 16:25.80. Mater Dei’s Curtis Jenson had the best finish outside of CBA’s harriers (placing 29th overall (16:33). He stood 17th in the team competition as the Seraphs, the Non-Public B state champions, were 19th (450). Holmdel was 17th (406) led by George Galasso who was 35th overall (16:37). West Windsor-Plainsboro South’s Brian Leung won the individual state title posting a 15:33, which put him fifth on the all-time Holmdel Park performance list. In the girls race, Holmdel was led by freshman Shannon Nelson, 48th overall (19:52) and sophomore Cathay Zhao in 72nd (20:16). The Seraphs were paced by Marie Walsh (19:43) who was first among the area harriers in 38th. Not far back was teammate Liz Shaw in 41st (19:44). Voorhees was even more dominating that Don Bosco in winning the girl’s team championship. The Vikings broke their own Holmdel Park team average record with a remarkable 19:01.00. Their 60- points beat Roxbury (122) by 62 points. They were led by Melanie Thompson, the individual champion who upset pre-race favorite Jillian Smith of Southern Regional, 18:02-18:03.last_img

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