Boyle helps CBA to Monmouth County title

Boyle helps CBA to Monmouth County title


Boyle helps CBA to Monmouth County title



It was not a record setting performance, but Christian Brothers Academy’s Jack Boyle will take it.

Boyle won the 1600-meter run in 4:22.42 at the Monmouth County championship meet at the John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex on Friday night.

Boyle helped the Colts to the team title. They scored 149 points.

The meet record is 4:19.48. It was set by CBA standout George Kelly in 2012. Kelly has graduated.

“My was to get points for the team,” Boyle said. “I wanted to get as many points as I could.”

The pack completed the first 400 in 67.0. Boyle needed 2:15 to cover 800. He hit the 1200 mark in 3:17. He took the lead with 800 meters remaining.

“Considering how slow the race went out, I was happy with my time,” Boyle said. “I was trying for under 4:20, but this is OK. It’s not real disappointing to miss the meet record. I tried to keep my form as intact as I could. It’s always great to be a Monmouth County champion. There’s no denying that. It was just as important to get the team 10 points.”

CBA’s Tom Rooney was second in 4:26.49. Freehold Township’s Dylan Tarpey was third in 4:26.56. CBA’s Billy Braggs was fourth in 4:27.36.

“I fed off my teammates,” said Boyle, who will run for Columbia. “It’s good to run as a group. The track is a little slower here. It’s not as fast as the Armory in New York. The turns here are flat. The turns at the Armory are banked.”

CBA won the meet for the 22nd time overall. The Colts have captured the meet four straight years.

“Everyone just competed and performed real well,” said Karl Torchia, the Colts’ eighth-year coach. “We mixed in a lot of people. Our field event guys did great in the shot put and pole vault. The whole team performed in every event.”

Freehold Township won the girls team title with 45 points. The Patriots edged Holmdel (42). The Colts and the Patriots had to wait a long time to claim their awards — the action, including boys and girls junior varsity meets — wore on for six hours and 25 minutes to the consternation of coaches, athletes and fans. The action ended at 11:25.

Freehold Township won the title with a second-place finish in the 4×400 relay (4:06.73). It was the meet’s final event. Holmdel entered the event ahead, 42-37, over the Patriots.

Sophomores Caitlyn Poss and Domonique Panton ran the first and second legs. Junior Adrian Vitello ran the third leg. Sophomore Emily Bracher ran the anchor leg. Holmdel finished 12th in the 13-team event in 4:42.60.

“It feels good to win the title,” Bracher said. “We all worked hard for it. We trained so hard. We knew we had to finish in the top three to win the meet. We got it done. We knew what was at stake.”

CBA went 1-2 in the 400. Senior Zack McDermott was first in 50.60. Mike Pozo was second in 51.97.

“I was sick for the past few days with flu like symptoms,” McDermott said, “but I felt good today so I gave it a go. I was thrid last year so to be able to win is kind of special. It was the first race of the meet. It set the tone for our team in terms of what we wanted to do.”

McDermott, who also won the 55 hurdles in 7.89, said he takes pride in wearing the Colts’ uniform.

“Putting on the CBA jersey is always special, no matter the race,” he said. “I look up to the past guys and model myself after them. I have to give each race my all. I set the example for our underclassmen and teach them what our program is all about. I set the example so they can learn and keep the program going.”

The Colts went 1-2 in the 800 as Clark Mangini won in 1:56.71. Aaron Liberatore was second in 2:00.27. Teammate Mike Cresanti-Daknis captured the pole vault at 12-6.

CBA won the 4×400 in 3:29.04. Competing were Mike Somma, Mike Zupko, McDermott and Mangini.

Middletown North junior Tom O’Neill set a meet record in the 3200 in 9:05.50. He broke the previous record of 9:22, established in 2011 by Colts Neck’s Mike Dowd.

“I was going out there to set the record,” O’Neill said. “I wanted it so badly. I went out hard so I could get a good time and get ready for the Meet of Champions. I felt pretty good during the race. I was ready to go. It’s great to set the record. It was a good way to start the season.”

In girls action, Neptune junior Destiny Boynton won the 400 in 1:00.54.

“I felt prepared because of my training,” she said. “I had a goal of what time I wanted to run and I tried my best to get to it. My goal was to finish in under one minute. My time was good enough.”

Matawan sophomore Nicole Macco won the pole vault at a personal-best 10-8.

“I have been working real hard at everything,” she said, “and things are starting to click. I felt pretty good physically. I felt energized. The school record for indoor and outdoor track is 11-0. I feel I am getting closer to it each time I jump. I was pretty confident I would win.”

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