Christian Brothers Academy's top guns, Alexa Westley of Warren Hills, and Devin Hart of Point Pleasant Boro made their eagerly awaited season debuts at Saturday's Bowdoin Park Classic in Wappingers Falls, New York.
And they all delivered big victories to lead NJ to a huge performance on the rugged Nike Northeast Regional course.
CBA, the No. 1 team in N.J. and in the Northeast, made a huge statement with a remarkable frontal attack as the Colts went 1-2-3 on the way to a runaway victory in the Division 2 race, 33-75 over runner-up Corning.
Tim McInerney finished first for CBA in 16:16.1, transfer Shaw Powell was second in 16:20.9 , and Luke Reid third in 16:22.3 . This was Powell's first race for CBA. The junior ran 8:39.06 for 3000m and 4:00.56 as a sophomore this past spring at Jesuit High School in Oregon.
Hart and Westley, who have each won the last two 3200m titles at the outdoor M of C, opened their seasons with the fastest times of the meet.
Hart, the NJ M of C XC winner last fall, won the boys Division 1 race by five seconds over runner-up Martin Riddell of Haddonfield, 16:14 to 16:19. Riddell led NJ #2 Haddonfield to a runner-up finish to LaSalle of Rhode Island, 29-53. Haddonfield averaged 16:51
In the girls competition, Westley ran 19:00.2 to win the Division 1 race, and Kingsway captured the Division 2 team title, 76-79 over Sacred Heart of N.Y. Kingsway, with just one senior in its top seven, averaged 20:40.
Kingsway put four runners withhin 30 seconds went 11-12-15-17-36, and was a close second in the team merge to Division 1 champion Niskayuna of New York, 135 1/2-146
NJ #2 Colts Neck placed third in the girls Division 1 race with 82 points and averaged 20:51. Holmdel had a great race to place fourth with 96 and an average of 21:04. Niskayuna won the Division 1 race with 67 points, and LaSalle was second with 76.