Championship season is really opening up now and Monmouth County unleashed the fury on Friday. With 26 performances making the MileSplit National Elite Standards there could have been even more! The boys high jump wasn't contested and Mark Anselmi, the state leader and US#5 high jumper this season, was set to compete fresh off his big 6-08 PR last week during Monmouth Relays.
Amanda Stone Runs US#3 in the 3200 Meter
A major highlight of the night came during the girls 3200 meter run when Amanda Stone of Monmouth Reg won her first County title running 10:52.45. That moved her up to US#3 on the converted two mile list, broke Monmouth's school record, and annihilated her own previous indoor PR of 11:14.35. Her teammate Samantha Ragenklint was behind her in second running 11:31.64, both girls are juniors.
Manalapan's William Spector ran 9:36.81 for gold, the fastest 3200 meter at the Bubble this season and NJ#3 with converted two miles. His teammate Christopher Maiurro won the 55 meter dash running 6.57, that's a major PR for him and moves him up to NJ#6 this winter.
Zachery Hall of Matawan had already posted a faster 400 meter time this season, with his 50.81 NJ#7 during the Ocean Breeze Holiday Festival, but his 50.95 Friday night was on a non-banked slower track and still almost set a new PR for the junior.
Christian Brothers Make it Nine Straight
A remarkable nine straight indoor Monmouth County titles now for CBA. They won with 61 points to Matawan's second place total of 45.
Dan Mead was one of their top performances striking gold in the shot put with his 57-08 mark. That moves him up to NJ#3 and breaks the top 15 nationally. Tim McInerney won the 800 meter with a time of 1:57.11 NJ#4, his best indoors. Their third gold medal performance came from the last event of the day with the 4x400 meter squad running 3:29.85 NJ#7.
The rest of their point total came from a balanced set of events: Andrew Canale second in the 400m, 51.67, Troy Hill second in the 3200m, 9:38.45 NJ#7, Ryan Bragg third in the pole vault clearing 11-06 to name a few. CBA's full stat report and breakdown can be found here.
Red Bank Catholic Back to Back to Back
14 of those points came from one event, Jessie Castellano won the 400 meter dash running 1:00.44 and her teammate Jackie Rieger was fourth at 1:01.90. They were both listed on the winning 4x400 meter which ran 4:11.13 for gold. Trying to top that a second set of 14 point came from ONE individual, Tara Zeni cleared 9-06 in the pole vault to place second overall and was third in the 55 meter dash finals running 7.58.
Monmouth County Champions
Event links lead to state rankings.
NJ Manalapan HS
NJ Raritan HS
NJ Manalapan HS
NJ Holmdel HS
NJ Neptune HS