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Jun 12, 2019

County Track Stars Crush Records at Championship Meet

By Tim Morris

CBA Track meet 2019

Christian Brothers Academy’s Ethan Arce (right) hands the baton off to teammate Liam O’Hara for the anchor leg of the 4x100-meter relay at the Monmouth County Championships at Middletown North High School. CBA finished second in the relay but easily won the team championship again.

Tim McInerney and his Christian Brothers Academy teammates had big plans for the Monmouth County Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Five days before the May 8 to 10 meet at Middletown North High School, the Colts’ distance runners went to Holmdel High School for the Twilight Series’ Night of 3,200s. There, the Colts turned in the fastest five-man team-average in the nation this spring, averaging 9:14.

With that behind them, the Colts wanted to do something special in the 1,600-meter run at the county championships on the first day, and McInerney, the defending champion, was the catalyst.

Christian brothers academy track 2019

Christian Brothers Academy’s Tim McInerney was No. 1 in 800-meter run at Monmouth County Championships at Middletown North High School.

“The whole plan was for me to take the race out and push it,” the Georgetown University-bound Colt explained. “We were all feeling pretty fit [after the 3,200s at Holmdel] and wanted to let it rip. Before the race was said ‘let’s go do this.’”

With his teammates forming a train behind McInerney, who put the hammer down from lap one, they did just that. Pushing hard throughout the race, the Colts sped away from the field.

McInerney defended his crown, running from the front all the way and breaking his own meet record in the process, clocking 4:10.96. He pulled teammates Shaw Powell (4:11.83), Luke Reid (4:15.91), Troy Hill (4:17.96) and Tristan Amell (4:18.96) to personal bests as they finished 2-3-4-6 behind him.

“I’m proud of all the guys, they all ran [personal bests],” McInerney said.

cba matawan holmdel track 2019

Christian Brothers Academy’s Tim McInerney was No. 1 in 800-meter run at Monmouth County Championships at Middletown North High School.

CBA’s remarkable team average of 4:15.07 is tops in the country thus far in 2019. The team performance left the Colts with a further goal this year: the state 4×1-mile relay record of 17:12.2. It was set way back in 1966 by an Essex Catholic team that featured future Olympian and world No. 1 miler Marty Liguori. The Colts four-man average from the county championships would put them under 17:00, well below the record. CBA will be checking the calendar for the best time to go for the record.

Although he didn’t set a personal record, McInerney’s race gave him a great deal of confidence going forward.

“I had a lot more left,” he remarked.

The 29 points the Colts scored in the 1,600 put them on track to roll up an impressive 120.5 points to easily hold onto their team championship. Runner-up Freehold Township scored 66 points.

McInerney’s championship wasn’t over following his 1,600 win. He came back on the second day to win the 800 meters. Again, he did it leading from the front. Matawan’s Dylan LoPresti was pressuring him throughout, but McInerney had more than enough in the tank to hold him off in the stretch. McInerney’s 1:55.39 just edged out LoPresti’s 1:55.81.

The victory provided some revenge for McInerney. He was shooting for the 800-1,600 double last year but was beaten by Shore Regional’s Drew Maher in the two-lapper after winning the 1,600. He wasn’t going to let his guard down this time.

The Colts put their considerable distance depth on full display winning the 4×800 relay without using any of their milers. Jackson Aguilar, Colin Gray, Donny Mills and William Huntley teamed up to captured the relay in 8:08.62.

CBA’s throwers also made their own contributions to the 120.5-point total. Eros Bottino whirled the discus 156-5 to take first place for the Colts, and Chris Arias won the javelin with a throw of 182-1.

McInerney wasn’t the only double-winner at the championships. Red Bank Regional’s Nigel Mitchel can lay claim to being the county’s fastest as he swept the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

The Buc senior started the meet winning the century on day one in 10.96; he was the only sprinter under 11 seconds. On day two, the speedster bested the top sprinters again taking the 200 in 21.85.

Middletown South’s Mark Anselmi, the indoor state champion, captured the high jump at 6-4. Anselmi has the best jump in the state this spring (6-8). The outdoor county championship goes along with the indoor crown he won back in January.

Red Bank Catholic’s Anthony Zamarra out-dueled the indoor state champion Brendan Loftus of RBR to win the shot put gold. His tossed the iron ball 58-1 ¾ to best Loftus’ 56-4.

Also claiming Monmouth County championships were Holmdel’s Ryan Day and Rumson-Fair Haven’s Daniel Raphael. Day out-stepped everyone in the triple jump traveling 44-7 ½ while Raphael scaled 13-6 to win the pole vault. Raphael won the competition by a foot.