Husky’s Walsh repeats as CJ II champ

first_imgCBA repeats,Matawan boys second CBA repeats, Matawan boys second BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer PHOTOS BY CHRIS KELLY staff Above, Middletown North’s Stephanie Giordano races to the finish line at the Central Jersey Group IV meet at Holmdel Park on Saturday. At left, Keyport’s Ryan Loihle nears the finish line during the CJ Group I race. Matawan’s Tom Walsh captured his second straight Central Jersey cross country championship Saturday. The junior ran away from the field over the second half of the race to win the Central Jersey Group II title going away in 16:48 at Holmdel Park. Smith led a one-two Husky double at the front that helped Matawan finish second behind Spotswood (42-76). The top 10 individuals and top five teams from the sectional meets qualified for Saturday’s NJSIAA State Groups Championships at Holmdel. John Smith was second to Walsh, clocking 17:04 for the Huskies. Shawn DeFrance (18:31) and Joe Smith (18:32) were 22nd and 23rd for Matawan. James Maida was the fifth scorer in 28th (18:51). Packing their top five runners 25th to 36th place, the Matawan girls also extended their season to the Group II state championships by finishing fifth (153). Shore Regional coasted to its third straight sectional title with a low of 23 points. Nicole Driscoll led the Huskies. She finished 29th overall (23:15) and 25th in team scoring. Realignment moved Middletown South, Holmdel and Raritan to North Jersey Section 2. That meet was contested at Warinanco Park, Elizabeth. Middletown South’s girls finished fourth (123) to extend their season. Jamie Liberti led the Eagles with a fourth place on one of the state’s oldest courses, turning in a 19:48.74. The win went to North Hunterdon’s Becky Crossin in 19:31.41. Alex Beaver was 19th for the Eagles (21:23.24). Holmdel grabbed the fifth and final qualifying spot with 137 points. Lisa Picascia was the top Hornet posting a 20:50.90. Wendy Shuwei Wang was 23rd (21:42.54). Holmdel’s boys finished second behind Phillipsburg, 61-92. Jeff Cody (17:49.72) led the Hornets in 10th place. Teammate Adam Lampell (17:55.43) and Alex Emerel (18:00.47) were 12th and 15th, respectively. Raritan’s Matt Dahl qualified individually with his sixth place (17:44.10) behind champion Kyle Alpaugh of Voorhees (16:57.67). Also at Warinanco Park, Christian Brothers Academy, ranked No. 2 in the state, won the Catholic Track Conference cross country championship for the 22nd consecutive fall. Will Melofchik led the way with his second place (16:18) as CBA scored a low of 33 points. Jake Zorski was fifth (16:27). Chris Horrel, sixth (16:34), Greg Leach, ninth (16:48), and Brett Fiorovanti, 12th (16:52). Only 34 seconds separated CBA’s first through fifth man. The Parochial state championships are Saturday at Holmdel. BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer last_img read more