The Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Cross Country Championship dates back to 1908 and is the oldest collegiate cross country event in the nation.
But it has an all-new winner in Columbia University junior Jack Boyle, the Christian Brothers Academy alumnus from Avon.
While the current crop of CBA harriers was running off with the school’s 21st boys team title in the NJSIAA Meet of Champions last Saturday at Holmdel Park, Boyle was competing in – and winning – at the 107th edition of the history-laden IC4A’s at New York’s Van Cortlandt Park.
Boyle covered Van Cortlandt’s five-mile route in 25:21.2, beating out Harvard’s Chris Allen (25:29.2) and 75 others and thus led his Lions’ team to its second straight IC4A crown. Columbia (with 28 points) put five runners in the top nine to win it easily, with St. Joseph’s (70) second and Harvard (78) third.
Columbia also took the IC4A women’s title, thus repeating the Daily Double first achieved in 2014. James Madison’s Carol Strock (17:42.3) and Kathleen Stewart (17:43.6) went 1-2 in the women’s 5K, but the Columbia team had five of the top 10 finishers to win it.
In the accompanying IC4A University Division races, team titles went to the Northeastern men over Rutgers (77-114), and the Marist women over Stony Brook (80-103), with individual honors going to Canisius’s Chad Maloy (25:28.4) and Isabel Batt-Doyle of St. John’s (18:03.3.)
Monmouth University women (with 103 points) placed third, and the Monmouth men (156) ran sixth. Top Monmouth women were Jenna Cupp (18th), Rachel Lehnert (22nd), Molly McKeon (25th), Rachel Baker (27th) and Maggie Hanlon (29th.) Leading men for the Hawks were Kevin French (sixth), Ryan Mitchell (20th), Kevin Summonte (33rd), Kyle Mueller (45th) and Gerard Sclafani (55th.)
First man home for Rutgers, in ninth place, was Allentown High School graduate Conor Murphy.
Cheserek takes another
St. Benedict’s Prep of Newark graduate Edward Cheserek, now a University of Oregon junior, continues to embellish his record as the finest men’s cross country runner in NCAA history.
With his clear-cut 28:45.8 win in the NCAA 10K title race last Saturday at Louisville, the Kenyan star became the first man to win three consecutive NCAA cross country crowns.
Villanova’s Patrick Tiernan led for most of the race before Cheserek powered away in the final mile to win it again. Tiernan, of Australia, settled for second place in 29:11.1, with Colorado’s Pierce Murphy third (29:37.0) and fourth-placer Justyn Knight (29:46.1) setting the pace for Syracuse, as the Orangemen (with 82 points) won their first NCAA team title since 1951.
Colorado (91), Stanford (151), Oregon (183) and Iona 231) went 2-3-4-5. This was the collegiate XC finale for twin brothers Jim and Joe Rosa of Stanford, who’d been dominating forces on the NJSIAA scene for West Windsor-Plainsboro North. Fifth man over the line for Iona was Colts Neck grad Mike O’Dowd, 62nd in 30:41.1.
With her 19:28.6 win over the 6K course, Molly Seidel became Notre Dame’s first-ever women’s NCAA XC champion. Boise State’s Allie Ostrander (19:33.6) was a close second with Arkansas’ Dominique Scott (19:40.9) third. New Mexico’s internationally-recruited team was the runaway women’s team winner (with 49 points), as Colorado (129) and Oregon (214) ran 2-3.
Donohoe, Behre excel
Sean Donohue of Keyport (2:34:39), Jack Kamen of Matawan (2:38:54) and Will Melofchik of Sea Bright (2:48:51) were top Shore men’s finishers in last Sunday’s Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon.
Behind them were Jeff Propert of Wall (2:52:29), Michael Stomiany of Farmingdale (2:54:16), Richard Miller of Seaside Park (3:02:14), Michael Suozzo of Manchester (3:08:45), Richard Bayer of Fair Haven (3:09:46) and Bryan Morgan of Ocean Township (3:13:26.)
Shore women’s leaders in Philadelphia were Shannon Behre of Toms River (3:14:11), Sheila O’Grady of Manasquan (3:14:28), Jennifer Delany (3:30:59) and Rachel Marino (3:32:04) of Manahawkin, and Jennifer Trautwein of Jackson (3:33:28.)
Erin Taylor-Talcott of Shore AC added to her dossier as the most honored long-distance racewalker in American history with her 5:03:34 victory in the USATF National 50-Kilometer Championship last Sunday in Santee, Calif. Two-time Olympian John Nunn won the men’s race in 4:03:40 with Shore AC’s Michael Mannozzi third (4:44:03) and Dave Talcott sixth (5:06:14.)
The USA Olympic 50K Trials for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games take place in Santee on Feb. 21, 2016.
Hawks play host
The indoor track and field season is nearly here and Monmouth University has announced that it will host a series of seven “Showcase” meets at its Multipurpose Athletic Center (MAC) on campus.
The series opens at 6:30 next Wednesday evening, Dec. 2, and continues on Dec. 16, Jan. 6 and 20, Feb. 3 and 17, and March 2.
Events in the first meet will include the mile walk, mile run, 400 dash, 55 hurdles, 55 dash, along with the high jump, pole vault and shot put. Events may vary in later meets. For information, contact Tina Forgach at CPForgag@monmouth.edu, or call 732-263-5779.