Another impressive victory for Christian Brothers harriers

first_img BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Colts romp at Shore Coaches Christian Brothers Academy The Shore Coaches Invitational has always served as a benchmark for the cross country season.It brings the top teams and runners from around the state to Holmdel Park for the first time and allows them to get a read on one another and see how they stack up against the rest of the state.The meet has added a boys and girls championship race, pitting the very best against each other. The boys’ race was yet another opportunity for Christian Brothers Academy, the topranked team in the country, to demonstrate why they could be a very, very special team in 2011.The Colts pitched a shutout against a field that included West Windsor- Plainsboro South, ranked second in the state behind CBA and 14th nationally, and Pennsylvania challenger West Chester Henderson. Behind CBA’s 15 points, WWPS scored 80 and West Chester 82.Tom Gorman led the Colt onslaught, breaking 16:00 at Holmdel Park for the first time (15:54).Behind him was a sea of blue with George Kelly (16:03), Mike McClemens (16:03), Jack Boyle (16:17) and Conrad Lippert (16:25). Only 31 seconds separated the five Colts, and the team average of 16:08.40 is the meet record and second fastest ever (behind only the 16:05.23 by the Colts at the 2010 Meet of Champions). CBA won the championship race last year averaging 16:26.20 per runner.The Colts finished second through sixth, but one to five in team scoring, as St. Benedict Prep’s Edward Cheserek ran as an individual and broke the course record with his stunning 14:53 (the old mark was 14:56 by West Windsor-Plainsboro North’s Joe Rose in 2009).As if the shutout weren’t enough to signal CBA’s dominance, their sixth runner, Billy Bragg, was 11th overall (16:37) and their seventh man was Aaron Liberatore in 14th (16:39). That’s seven runners on the same team under 16:40! Remarkable.The Colts will be tested on Sunday when they run on the historic 2.5-mile Van Cortlandt Park course in the Bronx, N.Y., in the Manhattan Invitational. They are expected to be competing against Palos Verdes from California, ranked eighth in the nation, and Shaker from Latham, N.Y., ranked 13th in the country.Holmdel’s Travis Fodor ran individually in the championship race and finished ninth in a Holmdel Park personal-best 16:35.Voorhees, the top-ranked girls team in New Jersey, won the girls championship with 40 points. Red Bank Catholic finished third with 84 points.Liana Marzano paced the Caseys in eighth place overall and sixth in team scoring (19:49). MaryKate Byrne (20:15), Lindsey Bellaran (20:47), MaryKate Dooley (21:10) and Katia Saling (21:31) finished 12-18-22-26.Red Bank Catholic’s boys picked up a win in the Varsity D race. Junior Rob Napolitano cranked out a 16:37 in finishing second.Ryan Denver (17:38) and Charley Rooney (17:40) were 15th and 16th. Completing the Casey scoring were Kyle Bogart, 40th (18:12), and Nick Landolfi (18:23), 44th.In the boys Varsity A race, Middletown North’s Thomas O’Neill finished fifth, clocking 16:46. That helped the Lions finish ninth (224).Following the Manhattan Invitational, the next big meets on the schedule are the Monmouth County Championships back at Holmdel Park on Oct 18, and the Shore Conference Championships on Oct. 29 at Ocean County Park in Lakewood.last_img

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