The Brick Memorial boys were New Jersey's only winner, but the Morris Hills boys and Holy Angels girls turned in very strong runner-up performances at Saturday's Xavier Invitational at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.
In the boys A race, Brandon Shymanski ran 14:05 over the 2.5-mile course to place third and lead a 3-8-26-30-33 finish for Brick Memorial, which defeated Clarkstown South, of N.Y. 94-111. Hackensack placed third with 115. Wilson Reynoso had a strong race for North Bergen, placing fourth in 14:08.
The NJ #3 Morris Hills boys had a great duel with Xavier of N.Y. in the boys B race. Morris Hills averaged 13:48 and had a remarkable 22-second compression, but Xavier rode its potent frontal attack (three runners ahead of the No. 1 Morris Hills) to edge Morris Hills, 51-62. Xavier's went 2-3-5-19-22 and Morris Hills went 8-10-13-16.