With a consensus No. 1 national ranking hanging over it every time it steps to the line, the Christian Brothers Academy cross country team is steadily beginning to put together a season for the ages. It’s still early in the season, but the Colts are showing no signs of letting up.
Saturday was the latest example as the Colts, running as the defending champion in the Eastern States Championship at the Manhattan Invitational, obliterated the course record at venerable Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. They averaged 12:44.54 for the third course record of the season and scored just 94 points for the win.
The former 2.5-mile course record at Van Cortlandt, one of the nation’s most hallowed cross country venues and among the toughest course records to eclipse in the Northeast, was 12:48.8 set in 2004 by Fayetteville-Manlius of New York.
For the Colts, Jack Boyle was fifth in 12:25.7, Billy Bragg eighth in 12:27.8, Mike McClemens 20th in 12:49.0, Tom Rooney 28th in 12:56.9 and Fran Bogan 33rd in 13:03.0.
The Colts had previously broken course records this fall at Bowdoin Park (Bowdoin Park Classic, Sept. 22) and WakeMed Soccer Park (Great American Cross Country Festival, Sept. 29).
Bowdoin Park will be the site for the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional on Nov. 24. The top three teams will be off to Portland for the Nike Cross Nationals on Dec. 1.
CBA won NXN Northeast and NXN last season to finish last season as the consensus No. 1 team in the nation.
No boys team has was won back-to-back NXN crowns since the inception of the event in 2004.