Here we go!!
Week 2 of the XC season is ready to rock.
I'm here next to the finish line at Ocean County Park for the Battle at Ocean County Park.
3:35 p.m. Need lots of fluids today!! It's hot out here (80 plus degrees) and the times should be just as sizzling on this almost entirely flat layout.
3:40 p.m. It's Showtime!!! The freshman girls race is off.
3:53 p.m. There is another star in the Powers family! It's Erin Powers of Middletown North. The younger sister of former Middletown North star Kerri Powers (now at Monmouth) used a real strong last mile to pull away for win in 12:19 over the 2 mile course. She was 2nd at 1.5 miles, and ended up winning by 26 seconds.
Manalapan edged Cherry Hill East, 28-31, for the girls Freshman team title. Manalapan averaged 13:18.
3:55 p.m. It's time for the freshman boys as the gun goes off. Love watching these young studs rip it up.
4:05 p.m. Colts Neck has another young star on the rise. Look out for Matt Bogdan of Colts Neck, who just came hammering across the line first in 10:20, a couple strides ahead of Jackson Braddock of Southern Reg. (10:24).
Southern averaged 10:41 and edged Middletown South, 15-20, for the boys Freshman Team title.
4:10 p.m. The gun for the girls Soph. race just went off. Jade Tricomy of Toms River South, the Ocean County and Shore Conf. champ last year, is running this. Yes, you read that right. Tricomy ran at Toms River North last year, but now she's at Toms River South.
4:28 p.m. Tricomy wins in it in around 19:48.
Union Catholic over Holmdel, 14-29, for the soph. girls team title. UC , which has lots of great young talent, picked up three huge PR's from its top 3 runners and had an average of 20:21.
4:30 p.m. Soph. boys race is off. Oliver Adler of Cherry Hill East wins with a huge finish and huge PR of 16:34!! His old PR was 17:34 at Pennypacker Park last year. Rishi Sharam of Manalapan finished a few steps back in 2nd in 16:35.
GREAT TEAM BATTLE-Manalapan edges CBA, 30-31, for the Soph. boys title. Manalapan averaged 17:15. CBA averaged 17:22.
4:45 p.m. The Junior Girls are on the course now. How low will Abby Loveys go???
5:03 p.m. Loveys wins in 18:11!!!! Amanda Stone of Monmouth 2nd in 18:31 and Jerika Lufrano of Union Catholic was third in 18:33.
5:05 p.m. Boys Jr. race is off.
5:22 p.m. Tyler Schwinn of Red Bank wins the boys Jr race in 16:05, a PR by 13 seconds on this course.
5:43 p.m. Madison Brand of Middletown South wins the girls Sr. race in 18:35.
Toms River North won the girls Sr. team title, 23-48 over Freehold Twp. TRN averaged 20:24.
6:00 p.m. Damien Dilcher of Brick just dropped a 15:28!!!! That's No. 3 in meet history. 4:55 at the 1st mile and 10:05 at 2 miles. Imagine how fast Dilcher and Devin Hart of Point Boro will go when they hook up at OCP. Get ur sub 15:00 on!!
The Union Catholic boys made its presence felt by winning the Senior Team title, 40-59 over Demarest. UC averaged 16:31. Andre Rodriguez led the charge for UC by placing 5th in 16:03.
6:30 p.m. That's a wrap from the OCP. Thanks for following along. Be sure to check back to NJ Milesplit for race videos, race interviews and much more.
6:35 p.m. Hey NJ-GET UR XC ON!!!!!