CBA, Matawan win division track titles

first_img The new Shore Conference Divisional championships provided Christian Brothers Academy’s track and field team with another opportunity to win a championship, and the Colts delivered. CHRIS KELLY staff Middletown North’s Kelsey Lewis competes in the high jump during the Shore Conference Divisional Championships at the Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex in Toms River on Jan. 4. CBA had just one win Friday night at the A North meet held at the Bennett Indoor Complex in Toms River, but superior depth provided the difference as they turned back Manalapan, 83-64. The Colts’ lone win came in the 4×400, where they held off Freehold Township, 3:32.93-3:33.27. Although Manalapan’s Robby Andrews dominated the 800- 1,600- and 3,200- meter races, winning all three, the Colts still flexed their muscles there. Mark Weber (2:03.00) and Kyle Vitale (2:06.10) were third and sixth in the 800. CBA got 15 points in the 1,600 with Brandon Pierson placing second behind Andrews (4:33.46-4:34.57). Rich Grandelli was third (4:36.23) and Ben Horel was sixth (4:43.25). Horel was second in the 3,200 (9:57.75), with Greg Donnelly (10:09.05) and Christian LaMorte (10:13.576) fifth and sixth. CBA put four through to the 55-hurdles final, with three placing: Bart Henderson (8.07), Christian Yuskevich (8.59) and Chris Debski (8.71) taking third, fourth, and sixth. In the field, the Colts’ pole vaulters gave the team 15 points. James Miller was second (11-0), Patrick Larkin fourth (10-6), and Dan Gavin and John Keale tied for fifth (10-0). John Moran (39-11 ½) and Andrew Roahn (39-4 ½) helped out in the shot put circle, placing fifth and sixth. Middletown North picked up a win with Paul Muller winning the shot put. His 49-4 heave was almost 6 feet farther than the runner-up. The divisional championships were held over three days at the Bennett Complex on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, Matawan’s boys piled up 132 points to win the B North title. The Huskies’ Mike McGuiness cleared 13-0 in the pole vault to win the event, with teammate John Bartlett second at 12-6. Matawan also went one-two in the high jump with Kyle Robinson and Kevin Burns each clearing 5-10 – Robinson picked up the win on fewer misses. The Huskies had a field day in the distance events. They went one-two-three-six in the 3,200 with Jake McCormack leading the parade with his 10:23.56. Ryan Montaperto (10:25.86), Sean Donohue (10:28.17) and Pat Rindt (11:09.03) were second, third and sixth. In the 1,600, McCormack (4:489.36) and Montaperto (4:48.97) went one-two with Donohue fifth (4:51.75). Brian Ramcheran won the 800 meters (2:08.90). Neptune edged Matawan, 77-73, for the girls championship. The Huskies’ Mackenzie Chambers was the lone individual winner, taking the 55-meter dash (7.59). At the A Central Division meet held on Wednesday, Holmdel’s girls were second to Red Bank Catholic (116-78), while for the boys, Raritan (55) and Holmdel (54) were second and third behind Red Bank Regional. Paula Lobaccaro won the 55-meter dash for Holmdel’s girls (7.84) while the Hornets’ Gloria Wu (9.88) and Helen Wu (10.19) ran one-two in the 55-meter hurdles. Shannon Boyce of Raritan won the shot put (29-0 1/4). For the boys, Nicholas Dulin, 55-meter dash (6.89), Joseph Doerrer, 400 (54.63), and Patrick Connolly, shot put (41-8 ½) were Raritan’s champions. Winning for Holmdel was the 4×400 (3:44.73) Meet Director Bill Bruno said the idea for the divisional championships goes back to the mid-1990s with the Polar Bear Run, which was an outdoor dual meet among some Ocean County schools. Coaches began to throw around the idea of indoor divisional championships, and Bruno explained that once the Bennett Complex was completed, the idea had a venue. Since indoor track is limited to so few meets and the opportunity to compete as a team is so limited, the divisional championships are ideal for the athletes. It gives the athletes who wouldn’t be able to score points for their teams at county or conference championship, an opportunity to score points or even win. It’s all about the athletes, Bruno pointed out. The inaugural meet was well received by all and got off to a very promising start. “The kids really enjoyed themselves across the board,” said Bruno. Next up on the indoor calendar are the NJSIAA State Relays at the Jersey City Armory. Friday it’s Parochial A and B, Saturday is for Groups I and IV, and Sunday is for Groups II and III. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer last_img

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