Melofchik second in 1,600 as Colts finish third

first_img BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer At Group IV state championships BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer PHOTOS BY CHRIS KELLY staff Middletown North’s Autumn Breeze (l) competes in the 55-meter hurdles at the Group IV Championships at Princeton on Sunday. Above, CBA’s Theo Sheheen competes in the 3,200-meter race. PRINCETON — Led by Will Melofchik’s second place in the 1,600, Christian Brothers Academy placed third at Sunday’s NJISAA Group IV Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Colts scored 22 points and lost a tight three-way battle for the trophy to Vineland (28) and Old Bridge (24) at Princeton University. Melofchik, who entered the race with the third best time for the one-mile, 4:17.53, lost at the line in a tactical 1,600 meters getting out-kicked by Carmen Cavella of Washington Township, 4:26.96-4:26.98. Both turned back Paterson Kennedy’s Mohammed Khadraoui (4:27.3), who was trying to double. Khadraoui, the state cross country champion, won the 3,200 meters earlier in the meet in one of the most spectacular races in state history. Khadraoui (9:02.72) and Hunterdon Central’s Chris Pannone (9:02.84) produced the second and third fastest indoor 3,200s in state history. They both smashed the old Group IV record of 9:10.92 held by CBA’s John Coyle, who set the mark back in 1989. In the 800 meters, the Colts’ Brett Fiorovanti took third (1:58.9) running his best undercover time of the season. Steve Iannocone from Toms River East used a late charge to win in 1:58.25. The Colts’ other points came from their Millrose Games-bound 1,600-meter relay team anchored by Chris Vuono, which finished second (3:29.17) to Vineland (3:28.06). The top six individuals and six wild cards advanced from Sunday’s Group I and IV championships to the Feb. 29 NJSIAA Meet of Champions, also to be held at Princeton. Groups II and III will get their turns at state championships on Feb. 15 at Princeton. Raritan’s Amanda Harmata, competing indoors for the first time in her career, could win her first indoor state title here in the shot put. The Rocket senior has the sixth best throw in the state, 40-10. In the boys shot put, Matawan’s Keller is another contender. His 52-3 is the ninth best in the state in 2004. Saturday, Monmouth County championships will be on the line at Red Bank Regional High School. CBA is the defending champion in the boys competition while Middletown South took home the honors for the girls last year. The meet is schedule for a 2 p.m. start. At Group IVstate championships last_img