Original Photos by Mae Kellert
Some state leading performances came through Friday night at the bubble. In the 1600m Marin Warner of Holmdel HS, who claimed the Group 2 state cross country title this past fall, opened her indoor season with a win and NJ#1 time running 5:05.37. That run also ranks her at US#9 so far this season. This was her 8th individual county title between the three seasons. She doubled with a third place finish in the 800m running a NJ#5 time of 2:21.21.
Her efforts gained 16 points of Holmdels 53 point total on way to their first ever indoor Monmouth County title! To compliment the track sucess their Pole Vaulters went 1 and 2 for 18 more points, Keira Yonclas (10-06) and Kelly McKay (10-00) had huge impacting vaults Friday night! The Hornets also took first in the 4x400m with a time of 4:16.32, Joie Bauman earned second in the high jump at 5-00, and Hannah Lee sixth in the 55m Dash finals with 7.64.
Sam Anderson of Matawan upgraded her NJ#1 spot with a 58.55, now ranked US#13. She had already brokem the Bennett Complex venue record for the 300m earlier this season with a 41.88 (before it was broken again by Olivia Jamison of Pennsauken on January 3rd at the SJTCA Meet #3, 41.59).
A new state leader emerged in the 3200m, Howell HS' Niamh Hayes won with an 11:20.75 for a fresh NJ#1.
Other notable marked included - Domonique Panton of Freehold Twp ran a NJ#5 in the 55m dash clocking 7.35. MaryKate McNamara of Red Bank Catholic opened her individual season with a NJ#3 win 2:19.49 in the 800m, she was followed by teammate Caitlyn Poss 2:21.01 NJ#4. Alexis Bartelloni of Marlboro, 5:09.89, and Hannah Anderson of R-F Haven, 5:10.81 posted NJ#3 and #4 times in the 1600m. Sarena Dixon of Red Bank Regional won the shot put with a NJ#5 mark of 40-2.25.
Marin Warner winning the 1600m on Friday night. / Photo by Mae Kellert
On the boys side Christian Brothers Academy won their 6th straight title and 24th overall for the indoor county meet. The 106 points that they amassed was helped by all fronts, distance, sprints, jumps, and throws.
Leading the way for CBA - Mike Zupko won the 400m with a 50.35 which places him at US#13 and NJ#3! Zupko also finished third in the 55m dash with a time of 6.73. In the 55m hurdles Chris Alexander grabbed 6 points in third running 7.79. Sophomore Drake Anzano won the 800m run with a 1:58.83 NJ#2 run, he was followed by teammate Joe Walsh in fourth with a NJ#9 2:00.90.
In the 1600m CBA kept rolling with a 1-2-6 finish from Blaise Ferro, 4:28.32 NJ#4, Greg Paugh, 4:33.50, and Brian Henderson, 4:36.71. The top 12 in that race were all under 4:40! Ferro would double back in the 3200m running 9:33.01 for the win giving him a NJ#1 on the night.
In fact the top 8 in that race all now rank NJ#1 through #8.
1 Ferro, Blaise Cba 9:33.01 10 2 Barlev, Aaron Holmdel 9:43.07 8 3 Morris, John Cba 9:43.72 6 4 Konig, Jake Freehold Twp 9:44.37 4 5 Kruppa, Josh Cba 9:44.83 2 6 Dengler, Thomas Cba 9:45.08 1 7 Csipkay, Zack Colts Neck 9:45.52 8 Todaro, Matthew Midd. North 9:47.35
They capped off the night with a 4x400m victory running 3:29.41 as well but CBA wasn't done on the track, no no. They also brought in big numbers from the field. Connor Morris placed second in the pole vault with a 12-00 height and 14 points came from the shot put thanks to Andrew Liskowitz (1st / 58-05.75) and Will Lutkewitte (4th / 49-99).
Andrew Liskowitz, who has been having a huge breakout season, launched a 58-05.75!! He is now US#6 and NJ#1 as well as the second best shot putter in CBA history. That mark also makes him the 15th best to ever throw at the Bubble since it started in 2007.
Liskowitz and Lutkewitte go 58-5 1/2 and 49-0 for 1st and 4th at counties! Liskowitz is now second best thrower ever in CBA indoor history!— CBA Throwers/Jumpers (@cbathrowsjumps) January 9, 2015
In the 800m we also saw NJ#3 and #4 times from Joseph Cawley of Raritan in second at 1:59.03 and Kevin Mazzella of Shore Regional third 1:59.87.
In the 55m dash Marvin Morgan of Neptune posted a NJ#4 time of 6.55. Nate Bowie of Matawan blasted a huge personal best for a NJ#1 US#14 in the 55m Hurdles running 7.54!!
Luke Grodeska of St. Rose also had a great mark on the night throwin 56-3.5 for NJ#4! A big personal best for the junior.