On Friday night at the Bubble in Toms River, NJ the Shore Conference saw the best of Ocean and Monmouth County compete across ten events. The Colts Neck girls won an exciting team score meet to bring home their first indoor conference title in school history! On the boys side Christian Brothers Academy continued a tradition of success winning their conference record 10th straight championship and 25th overall.
Colts Neck Girls Won First Conference Title
Heading into the final event of the night in the girls meet the four leading teams were within six points of each other and Colts Neck trailed Middletown North by one. While Southern Regional fired ahead with a winning 4x4 time of 4:07.73 there was a close pack of teams battling for second place, in the final straightaway Colts Neck made a surge for second place to clinch the team title. A team of Kelsey Nager, Sasha Lerner, Arianna Sakoutis, and Lilly Shapiro running 4:11.54, three more teams all finished within half a second of them.
Lilly Shapiro had another big performance for the team, their only gold medal of the meet, in the 800m when she ran a 2:18.11 NJ#5, teammate Ava Wilmot running third at 2:26.46.
Colts Neck also picked up points in the 55m, 1600m, and 3200m. Sasha Lerner ran 7.48 to place fourth in the 55m dash, Natalie Shapiro was fourth in the 1600m at 5:09.97, and Kavita Shah medaled in sixth in the 3200m clocked at 11:49.55.
CBA Celebrates 25th Shore Conference Title
And that is just indoors, Christian Brothers Academy made it ten straight on Friday winning four events and scoring in seven of the ten competed.
Liam O'Hara had a hand in three of those gold medals winning the 400m dash at 50.87, 55m hurdles 7.72, and anchoring the 4x400m in a comeback meet record performance to 3:24.32. Also scoring in that 400m was teammate Ethan Ferraiola running second at 51.21. The old 4x400m meet record was held by Monmouth Regional since 2007 at 3:25.69.
The fourth gold medal in was the shot put, an event which featured four of the top ten throwers in New Jersey. Eros Bottino hit a mark of 57-11.75 to lead the meet by over four feet. His teammate Christian Ricci coming in fourth at 53-03.25.
The distance team saw two silver medals. In an exciting 1600m Troy Hill ran third at 4:25.63 just .35 of a second behind the winner. Later in the meet Ben Santos, 9:40.95, and Chris DeSousa, 9:54.66, placed third and fourth in the 3200m.
Also scoring in the field was high jumper Mitch Hall sixth with a 5-10 clearance.
Bryanna Wilson throwing 45-03.75, video courtesy of Donovan Catholic T&F.
A Battle We'll See Again and Again
The girls shot put featured the top two throwers in the state, Elizabeth Makar of Pinelands came in ranked NJ#1 at 44-6 and Bryanna Wilson of Donovan Catholic NJ#2 at 44-04.5 and they've been trading the state lead this season. They had just faced off at Ocean County Championships the week before where Makar came out the victor.
At Shore Conference the tables turned in Wilson's favor as she launched a new state leading US#9 mark of 45-03.75. Makar finished second at 42-11.5.
- Red Bank Catholic junior Julianne Kopec took out a big lead and never looked back to win the 1600m running 4:56.86 for NJ#2 on the season.
- James Bivins was .01 off the meet record with his 6.42 victory in the 55m dash.
- Katelyn Reid of Middletown North brought home TWO golds winning the high jump at 5-04 and the 55m hurdles at 8.55.
- Jada Ellis of Manchester Twp ran NJ#3 in the 55m dash, 7.21 for the win after leading prelims at 7.38.
- Lily Orr of Rumson-Fair Haven posted a 57.96 to win the girls 400m, NJ#7.
- Jalen Ridgeway of Toms River North won the 800m at 1:57.14, a three second lead on the field.
- In an exciting three wide finish Matt Bogdan of Colts Neck won the 1600m at 4:25.28! Jackson Braddock, 4:25.33, and Troy Hill, 4:25.63 a very close second and third.
- Zachary Zawatski of Freehold Twp and Jeremy Garcia of Manalapan took it to the line in the 3200m with Zawatski clocked 9:37.91 and Garcia 9:37.93.
- Hayley Amisano of Mater Dei Prep held onto a strong lead in the 3200m winning at 11:12.93.
- While CBA got the win Jackson Memorial also ran faster than the previous meet record in second at 3:24.32.
- Alexa Moore of Donovan Catholic cleared 11-00 to win the pole vault.
- Southern Regional girls won the 4x400m with a 4:07.73 .
- Cameron Wilson of Jackson Liberty won on jumps in the high jump where four boys made it over 6-00.
- Toms River North finished 1-2 in the pole vault thanks to Connor Bennett at a new PR of 14-04 and Joseph Morales 13-06.