Secaucus, CBA Freshmen Burn up Vanny at Xavier Invite

The Secaucus boys and Christian Brothers Academy freshmen threw down memorable performances at the Xavier Invitational on Saturday at historic Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. 

In the Varsity A race, Secaucus jammed three runners in the top five and averaged 14:52 over the 2-5-mile layout on the way to a 45-75 victory over runner-up Horace Mann of NY.

The potent frontal attack for Secaucus consisted of Daniel Chinchilla, second in 14:17, Mohammed Alobaidi, fourth in 14:34.34, and Sebastian Flood, fifth in 14:38.20. The No. 4 runner for Secaucus was Mohamed Abada, 15th in 15:13.77, and Vishwa Naik completed the scoring for Secaucus when he crossed 26th in 15:40.  

A young rising star from Secaucus also shined as Younes Abada won the boys Freshman B race in 9:00.0.

In the boys Freshman A race, CBA rocked the historic layout with one of the best races ever run over the 1.5-mile course. 

With Nicholas Sullivan leading the attack, CBA went 1-2-3-5-6 and blasted an average of 8:49, No. 2 in CBA history, to runaway with the team title. Sullivan nearly broke the CBA school record with his winning time of 8:23.3. The CBA school freshman record for Vanny is 8:19.6, which was set in 1979 by Paul Marabito.

CBA's four runners behind Sullivan also put together great races. They were Lucas Ward, second in 8:41, Kiernan Leary, third in 8:46,  Matthew Mastroly, fifth in 9:04, and Sean Lawson placed sixth in 9:10.

CBA's five-man average of 8:49 was just off the school course record of 8:48 set by the 1981 team.

The Delbarton boys came up with a strong race in the Varsity B Division, placing fourth and averaging 14:19. Harrison Vives was the leader of the pack for the Green Wave, placing third in 13:19. 

Rob Mullin of Brick Memorial placed sixth in the B race in 13:32.

In the girls competition, Trinity Hall averaged 17:11 and placed third in the Varsity B race, and Garfield was sixth in the Varsity A race.