Colts, Eagles open season with county relay victories

first_imgStaff Writer Christian Brothers Academy, Middletown, experienced a rare down season in cross-country in the fall (if only winning the Parochial A state championship can be considered an off-season). But any thoughts that it might carry over to the indoor track season, were quickly removed at the Monmouth County Relays where the Colts easily outdistanced the field Dec. 22. The Colts rolled up 70 points, more than doubling the total of runner-up Wall (32). Meanwhile, Middletown South’s girls withstood host Red Bank Regional’s challenge to capture the county relay title, 48-33. The Colts flexed their muscles everywhere, in the sprints, hurdles, distances and high-jumping, totaling four wins in all. CBA won four relays on the track. The team of Joe Drew, Paul Discepola, Paul Cawley and Matt Treharne held off Wall in the 4×400 relay, 3:39.05. Discepola, Peter Glackin, Bret Fiorovanti and Jeff Peterson won the 4×800 in 8:30.39. The sprint medley was CBA’s as well, as Cawley, Chris Vuono, Treharne and Peterson teamed up to win the 1,600-meter event in 3:50.05. The Colts’ fourth track win was the hurdles, where the foursome of Devin Barry, Discepola, Dan McLeod and Drew posted a 28.28 to nip Wall (28.30) in the 4×50 shuttle hurdles. Keith Cashman finished in a four-way tie for first in the high jump at 6-0 for CBA. But in the high-jump relay, the Colts were edged by Holmdel, 12-0 to 11-8 as the Hornets’ Charles DiFazio and Jonathan Kwong both cleared 6-0. Holmdel had a good meet finishing fourth (18), sparked by high jumper DiFazio and Kwong. South’s Eagles relied on the same balance as the Colts to turn back the Bucs in the girls’ championship race. South had two winning teams. Lauren Dike, Tina Morrison, Blair O’Brien and Kolleen McCauley easily won the 4×400 relay in 4:28.00 for the Eagles. Morrison, Andrea Emanuele, Maura McCall and McCauley won the sprint medley in 4:44.89. RBR did have three wins, but the Eagles were able to offset it by finishing second to the Bucs in the 4×800 (10:29.40-10:36.03) and third in the distance medley (13:22.75-13:41.56). Dike, Anne Castellano, Jamie Liberti and cross-country star Nicole Lombardy teamed up in the 4×800, and in the distance medley, it was Rickie Lee DeMaio, Liberti, Lindsay Dike and Lombardy. Middletown North won the shot-put relay, led by Carol Henn, whose 34-4 1/2 was second best on the day behind Freehold Borough’s Diana Costanzo (39-0 3/4). Teammate Jamie Barakakos reached 29-10, and the 64-2 1/2 total topped Freehold Borough’s (63-9 1/2). Middletown South picked up important points here with a third place, led by Nicole Byer (31-0 1/2) and Dominique Iopicco (27-8 3/4), who combined for 58-9 1/4. The Lions were fifth (18) in the team competition. Next up for the track and field stars are the NJISAA Group Relays at Princeton University. They start Sunday with Groups II and III. Groups I and IV go Jan. 13. By tim morris last_img