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Jul 07, 2021

Christian Brothers Academy Throwers Ensure State Championship Win

By Tim Morris

Christian Brothers Academy athletes put the field in track and field, helping the Colts win the NJSIAA Non-Public A State Championship. CBA, well known for its distance running prowess, relied on its field event performers to hold off Union Catholic to win its fifth straight state championship and record 24th overall. The Colts out-lasted Union Catholic 136.50 to 124 at Neptune High School, host of the championships.

The Colts swept the throwing events. Christian Ricci led a one-two-three finish in the shot put with a 57-1 ¼ throw. Robert Manse III (53-4) and Andrew Kall (50-7 ¾) were second and third. Manse won his own individual championship in the discus. He whirled the platter 167-9 to beat teammate Tyler Mayerhoff (162). Liam Miksic won the javelin gold (181-0) with teammate Andre Terrone a close second (178-1). Miksic collected a second state title, soaring 13-0 in the pole vault to that event.

Helping out on the track were Chris DeSousa, who took third in the 3,200 (9:26.37) and fifth in the 1,600 (4:16.56) as well as Peter Jaworski, who placed second in the 400 intermediate hurdles (56.22) and fourth in the 110 hurdles (15.01).

Third places in the 4×400 (3:26.54) and 4×800 (8:22.73) relays also helped. Jaworski, Ed Massell, Joe Silvestri and Declan Picadio made up the 4×400 team while Matt Herman, Daniel DeMasi, Lucas Ward and Jason Gentile were the 4×800 squad.

CBA’s state titles capped off a season in which the Colts won everything. They captured the Monmouth County Relay, Monmouth County Team and Shore Conference championship on their way to Neptune.

While CBA was adding more hardware to its 2021 season, a pair of Colts Neck athletes were building on their high school resumes.

Matt Bogdan, one of the state’s leading distance runners, swept the 1,600 and 3,200 races at the Group 3 championships held at Pennsauken High School. Bogdan won the 1,600 in a personal best 4:16.31 and came back to take the 3,200 in 9:21.56.

The Colts’ Cole Tucker, who won All-American honors indoors, continued undefeated in the shot put, throwing the 12-pound steel ball 65-3 ½ feet. The senior also won the silver medal in the discus (158-6).