CBA And UC Girls Place 2nd In The 4xMile At NBN

New Jersey got off to a blazing fast start at the New Balance National Championships on Thursday when Christian Brothers Academy and the Union Catholic girls both finished second in the 4xMile relays with red hot times at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

CBA ran 17:16.62, No. 3 in NJ history, to place second just behind the 17:15.79 run by Boston College High School. CBA's splits were 4:19.62 for sophomore Luke Hnatt, 4:22.22 for sophomore Wyatt Falkowski, 4:20.73 for junior Ryan Schmitt, and 4:14.04 for senior Conor Clifford.

The only teams to run faster than CBA in NJ history in the 4xMile are Union Catholic, who ran a meet record 17:12.34 when they won the NBN title in 2022, and Essex Catholic, who ran 17:12.2 in 1966.

In the girls 4xMile, Union Catholic ran 20:18.56, No. 2 in NJ history, to finish second behind Ann Arbor Pioneer High from Michigan, who ran a meet record 20:03.83. The splits for UC's all freshmen squad was 5:09.50 by Kayla Devine, 5:06.12 by Sophia Thompson, 5:09.64 by Cayleigh Kaiser, and 4:53.31 by Paige Sheppard.

UC's 20:18.56 is second in NJ history behind the 19:58.07 that Roxbury ran to win the 4xMile at the 2006 Nike National Championships at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, N.C. Roxbury's time is No. 5 in U.S. history. The four runners for Roxbury were senior Jenn Ennis (4:58.0), sophomore Lauren Penney (5:00.3), senior Kristen Stevens (5:03.8)  and freshman Ariann Neutts (4:55.3).