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Colts relay second at MOC; Liberti, Harmata win medals

first_img Colts relay second at MOC; Liberti, Harmata win medals CHRIS KELLY staff Above, Middletown South’s Jaime Liberti competes in the 1,600-meter race at the Meet of Champions at Princeton University on Sunday. At left, CBA’s Brett Fiorvanti competes in the 800. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Chris Vuono and his sprinting teammates are beginning to change Christian Brothers Academy’s image. Distance running has put the Colts on the national map, but now they are gaining a reputation for their sprint prowess. Earlier this year, Vuono, Dan McLeod, Brett Fiorovanti and Peter Glackin became the first CBA team of any kind to qualify for the prestigious Millrose Games (where they were third). A gutty anchor leg from Chris Vuono led the Colts to a second place in the 4×400 Sunday at the NJSIAA Indoor Meet of Champions, held at Princeton University. The Colts posted a 3:28.86 in finishing behind Camden’s 3:27.53. Fiorovanti earlier finished 10th in the 800 (2:00.30). Middletown South’s Group III state champion Jamie Liberti ran fourth in the 1,600 meters. She improved on her indoor best with a 5:05.70. A late kick gave Hunterdon Central’s Casey Nelson her second MOC crown in 5:00.21. St. John Vianney’s Jennifer Therkorn was 10th (5:15.81). Raritan’s Amanda Harmata, competing indoors for the first time in her career, took home the bronze, finishing third in the shot put. The Rocket improved her position in the final rounds, reaching 40-6 3/4. Sylvia Galarza of Millville finished first with a 44-1 1/2. In the boys’ shot put, Matawan’s Chris Keller (54-10 1/2) and Raritan’s Ed Skowronski (53-0 3/4) were fourth and fifth, finishing behind Shore rival Dave Zaycek, who won his first MOC crown with a throw of 58-7. In the high jump. CBA’s Greg Giardino and Chris Sole tied for seventh at 6-2. A jump of 6-6 won the championship for Jamal Ames from Vineland. Colts, Eagle win county relays The Monmouth County Relays were held late this year (Feb. 21) at Red Bank Regional High School. It was better late than never for Christian Brothers Academy’s boys and Middletown South’s girls, which left RBR as county champions. The Colts topped Shore Regional, 46-36. CBA spread the wealth around, scoring in every event. The Colts had just two winning teams, the 4×200 and 4×50 shuttle hurdles. Dan McLeod, Chris Vuono, Tim Caubet and Elias Fotinos held off Long Branch, which feature sprint champion Mike Bland, 1:39.99-1:39.44. McLeod, Vuono, Caubet and Fotinos came back to win the hurdles by a full second in 27.00. Matawan finished third (32), but had three winning teams. The Huskies won the 4×800 in 8:41.14 with Steve Martinez, Tom Walsh, John Smith and Sean Kleimish. In the distance medley, it was Smith, Dave Lemberg, Martinez and Walsh teaming up to win in 11:05.78. Chris Keller topped all shot putters with his 52-9, and with Dan Robinson reaching 46-2 1/2, they won the shot put relay for Matawan. Middletown South’s girls also had Shore Regional as their competition, and the Eagles flew past the Blue Devils, 45-36. South scored outright victories in the 4×800 and 1,600 sprint medley and shared the high jump title. In the 4×800, Maura McCall, Cristin Browne, Allie Simonetti and Jamie Liberti ran a 10:12.28. In the sprint medley, Simonetti, McCall, Kellyann Hennessey and Liberti ran a 4:30.82. Ariana LaFerlita had the best high jump of the competition, 5-0, and that helped the Eagles share the high jump relay with Manalapan. Siedah Smith jumped 4-6 and tied for eighth for the Eagles. They had the same combined height as Manalapan, which had Mary Seery (4-10) and Amy VanRensburg (4-8). Raritan’s Amanda Harmata had the best throw in the shot put (40-6 1/4), but Freehold Township won the event. BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer last_img read more