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At Meet of Champions, Holmdel Boys Take 2d Place and Holmdel Girls, 10th

CBA wins third straight Meet of Champions at Holmdel Park.

CBA won its third straight Meet of Champions at Holmdel Park with 110 points -- despite holding out its top five runners for the Nike Northeast Regional meet on Saturday. 

The Holmdel High School Boys cross-country team took 2d place with 133 points. Holmdel was led by senior Jack Baisley, who finished 10th overall in 15:58. 

On the CBA team, Josh Kruppa, Andrew Reda, Blaise Ferro, and Greg Paugh finished 29th, 41st, 47th, and 57th, respectively. 

"We knew that there was a chance we might not win because there were a lot of  great teams in this race looking to knock us off,’’ said senior Aaron Liberatore, who was CBA's top finisher in 24th place. "But we also knew that if we ran the way were capable of we also had a good chance to win. I know there are probably people surprised that we were still able to win this, but we have confidence in every guy that we put on the line in every race."

Tom O'Neill of Middletown North won the boys individual title. O'Neill, a junior, ran 15:31 to win the individual title, tying him for 10th all-time at Holmdel Park. 

"I was pretty excited," O'Neill said. "I knew I could win it, I had been working pretty hard all summer." O'Neill entered the season never having won a championship race. Now he has won four, also winning the Group 3, Central Group 3, and Shore Conference races. 

"I was just trying to shock the world," O'Neill said. "I wanted to be the best this year, so I'm pretty happy."

 

The Holmdel girls cross-country team finished 10th, led by Lennon Cooper's 16th place finish, running a time of 18:49. 

Saint John Vianney of Holmdel's Courtney Thompson, a junior, placed 9th in the girls race with a time of 18:28. 

Voorhees won the girls meet, while Sarah Disanza of High Point won the individual title. 

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