For the sixth straight year, the CBA cross country team won the annual NJSIAA Meet of Champions on Saturday, November 21st at Holmdel Park.
Just one week after narrowly losing the state championship to Don Bosco, the Colts needed a come from behind victory at the MOC to prevent two consecutive weeks of heartbreaking losses.
Don Bosco finished three runners before the Colts could finish their second, which gave Bosco a 26-41 lead. Starting with senior Paul Knepple and sophomore Brian Hill, both of who cut significant time off their finishes from last week, CBA finished their fourth through seventh runners before Bosco's fourth runner, giving the Colts a 87-92 win.
Senior Blaise Ferro, who won the individual state title last weekend, finished second overall to lead the Colts. Senior Brian Dengler and junior Noah Yuro were CBA's second and third finishers.
It is CBA's 21st MOC title in the 44-year history of the meet. The sixth straight title matches the record for most consecutive wins, which is also held by CBA from 1995-2000.
"Last week, we didn't run very well and Bosco closed better than us in the last mile and beat us,'' head coach Tom Heath said. "This time, we closed better than they did and we had some guys like Yuro and Hill really come up big for us. Every guy ran faster this week and they all ran with a lot of heart today."
Both Ferro and senior Nick Trigani became just the second and third runners in CBA history to run on four MOC winning teams.
The Colts now look forward to the Nike XC National Championship's regional qualifier on November 28th. The Nike Nationals are December 5th in Portland, Ore.