first_imgHarmata, Vuono, Melofchik, Liberti and Sole among theindividual winners Harmata, Vuono, Melofchik, Liberti and Sole among the individual winners BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer PHOTOS BY JERRY WOLKOWITZ staff Matawan’s Chris Keller releases the shot put en route to his victory in the event at the Monmouth County Championships at Red Bank Regional on Saturday. Relying on its sprinters as well as its distance stars, Christian Brothers Academy won its eighth straight Monmouth County Indoor Track and Field Championship on Saturday at Red Bank Regional High School. The Colts out-distanced host Red Bank Regional, 68-47, to win yet another county title. Overall, it was an outstanding meet for area athletes, with several claiming gold. For CBA, Chris Vuono won the 400 meter (51.91) and Will Melofchik took the 3,200 (9:49.02). St. John Vianney’s Jennifer Therkorn races to a second-place finish at the Monmouth County Championships in the 800-meter run. The Colts piled up the points in these two events with Dan McLeod third to Vuono (53.10) in the 400. The Colts were one-two in the 3,200 with Chris Horel second to his teammate (9:50.23). Vuono also anchored the Colts to a victory in the 4×400 relay (3:39.89). McLeod ran the lead-off leg with Ryan DelVecchio and Joe Bellino following. McLeod also got the Colts points in the hurdles, finishing second to Neptune’s Corey Nelms (7.85-7.98). Matawan’s Chris Keller pulled off an upset in the shot put, winning an exciting three-way duel with Shore Regional’s B.J. McKenna and Wall’s Dave Zaycek, who came into the meet with one of the best throws in the state, 57-0. Keller, whose indoor best was 52-3, improved by more than three feet, reaching 55-5 with his winning toss. McKenna also improved on his indoor best with a 54-6 3/4, while Zaycek had to settle for third with a 54-5 1/4 effort. Middletown South’s Chris Sole won the high jump at 6-4. Ariana LaFerlita made it a boy-girl sweep of the high jump for the Eagles as she won at 5-2. Like Sole, she was the only jumper over at the winning height. Raritan’s Amanda Harmata gave up basketball to concentrate on the shot put this winter and one can see why. The Rocket senior dusted the field, winning by almost six feet with a 40-0. South’s Jamie Liberti won the girls’ 3,200 in 11:37.25. In the team scoring, Shore Regional nipped Manalapan for the championship, 34-32. Middletown South was third with 25. Notes… The night before the Monmouth County Championships, CBA’s 1,600-meter relay team competed in the Suburban High School Boys’ 4×400 Meter Relay at the Verizon Millrose Games in Madison Square Garden. The sprinters were the first relay team from the school to qualify for the nation’s biggest indoor meet. The Colt quartet of McLeod, Vuono, Peter Glackin and Brett Fiorovanti finished third, running 3:32.69 behind Camden (3:31.43) and Uniondale, N.Y. (3:31.4). The running track at Madison Square Garden is 11 laps to the mile and is banked on the turns. The Colts had to win their heat at a Millrose Qualifier last month in order to get an invitation to the race. Ocean County’s best will join the track and field fray today when RBR hosts the Shore Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships starting at 4 p.m. Ocean County stars include Jackson state champions Jen Clausen (3,200) and Eric Dufresne (55 high hurdles). On Sunday, Groups II (8:30 a.m.) and III (2 p.m.) will race for state championships at Princeton University. The top six placers in each event plus six wild cards from the two groups will advance to the NJSIAA Indoor Meet of Champions, also at Princeton, on Feb. 29. Groups I and IV held their championships on Feb. 1. BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer last_img

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