After winning multiple team championships throughout this spring, the outdoor track & field season wrapped up at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals this past weekend in Greensboro, North Carolina.
CBA entered athletes in multiple events, but it was the distance runners who stole the show.
On Sunday, the 4xMile team of Troy Hill, Luke Reid, Shaw Powell and Tim McInerney won the national championship with a time of 17:20.14 (4:21, 4:19, 4:24, 4:16). It is now the fastest time in school history, as well as the fastest in the history of the Shore Conference.
They won the national title by nearly six seconds over the second place team from New York. With the title, each of the runners earned All-American status.
Later on Sunday, the Distance Medley Relay foursome also earned All-American status with a fifth place finish in the event. The team of Powell, Rafa Coppola, Tristan Amell and McInerney turned in a time of 10:13.18, which was an impressive mark after an early race baton drop. A quick recovery and great legs by Amell and McInerney allowed CBA to reach the podium.
"It was an incredible weekend with so many amazing CBA performances against great competition," head coach Karl Torchia said. "Many of our seniors stole the show this weekend and we will miss them tremendously next year. Our 4xMile team was incredible and they earned that All-American status after a year of hard work."
The team also had notable competitors in the 4 x 200 relay, 4 x 400 relay, 400 hurdles, as well as the shot put, disc, and javelin.
The 4 x 400 relay team of Ethan Ferraiola, Coppola, Ethan Arce and Liam O'Hara ran the second fastest time in CBA history.
O' Hara ran a personal-best 53.22 in the 400 hurdles, laying further claim to his junior record and cementing himself as the number two returner in New Jersey for 2020. Freshman Robert Williams competed in the shot and underclassmen Jason Asare and Ethan Ferraiola gained worthwhile experience on the relays.
Rising senior Eros Bottino, who competed in the shot and disc and holds the junior record in the latter, will come back in 2020 as the state number one in both events. Rising senior Chris Arias, who competed in the javelin and also holds the junior record, will come back as the state number two returner in his event.
"It was absolutely the distance guys who led the way at Nationals, but I couldn't be more proud of the throwers this season. 2020 should be fun if the team is ready to work," throws coach Andrew Cusick said.
While there is plenty to be excited about for 2020, the Nationals serve as the send-off for dedicated seniors Nick Morse, Reid, Nate Giallanza, Coppola, Arce, and McInerney, who all competed for the last time as Colts.
CBA finished its outdoor season with the New Jersey triple crown: state champions in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track. They’ll look to continue their tradition of success next year with a mix of returning and new faces.