Christian Brothers Academy successfully defended its crown at the Bowdoin Park Classic on Saturday morning in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., and did so with postseason implications.
The rugged terrain of Bowdoin Park also is the home of the Nike Northeast Regional, and the Colts, who entered the meet as the top-ranked team in New Jersey and the No. 2 overall racing outfit in the country, recorded one of the best team performances in the vast history of this course.
Led by Mike McClemens, the race’s overall champion who recorded a blistering time of 16:02.29, CBA saw its five-man squad finish within the top 15, with Blaise Ferro in second (16:06.51), Tom Rooney in fifth (16:10.48), Fran Bogan finishing ninth (16:18.92), and Josh Kruppa placing 15th (16:42.87).
The Colts’ collective produced an average time of 16:16.22, which is the third-fastest mark in course history en route to a 30-point effort, finishing ahead of Pembroke’s 102-point performance.
Holmdel’s Dan (16:27.48) and Aaron Barlev (16:37.87) also had solid showings finishing back-to-back in 12th and 13th place, repsectively.
IN OTHER CROSS COUNTRY EVENTS
* Red Bank Catholic saw its girls program travel to Rhode Island on Saturday for the Nike Ocean State Invitational, where the Caseys captured a tema title with 64 total points, ahead of Bishop Seehan, the No. 2 team in the state of Massachussetts.
Red Bank placed four of its five competitors in the top 18, finishing with a 24-second split between Erin Mills, who placed eighth at 19:09 and Grace Eckstein, who finished 18th with a time of 19:33.
Meghan Coakley placed ninth with a time of 19:10 while MaryKate McNamara crossed the line in 16th with a time of 19:20. Gabriella Ferrigine rounded out the Casey’s outfit in 31st with a time of 19:44.
* Colts Neck’s boys placed second at Great Adventure in the Boys B 5,000-meter race, placing three of their five in the top 20.
Colin Chehanske placed sioxth with a time of 16:36.03 and was followed by Michael Pinnola in 13th at 17:06.33, while Rob DeFalco finished 20th at 17:25.28.
Zach Csipkay came in at 17:27.44 to take 21st and Brandon Gold rounded out the Cougars’ top five in 45th at 17:58.19.
The Girls Varsity B 5000-meter race saw Red Bank Regional finish third overall with 143 points on the back of Lauren Sapone’s seventh-place mark of 19:32.
Lacey’s Danielle Leavitt placed third overall with a time of 18:55, while Abby Gauthier finished in ninth with a time of 19:56 as the pair led Lacey to a seventh place finish of 183 points.
Both Samantha (20:00), a junior, and Kayleigh Hoagland (20:43), a sophomore, had strong performances for Colts Neck, leading the Cougars to 170 points and a sixth-place finish.
Toms River South’s Chelsea Smith (20:10) and Alexus Vuocolo (20:12) placed 11th and 12th in the race helping the Indians to 292 points and a 12th place team finish.
* Toms River North’s boys traveled to the campus of Gloucester County College in Sewell, where the Mariners placed third overall with 34 team points.
Toms River’s Justin Farley finished with a time of 17:00, while John Flavin and Joey Gordon both crossed the line at 17:17, Christian Bermudez at 17:19, and Colin Brennan at 17:31.