There was nothing but steady improvement from the Colts cross country team this fall.
The winners of the Monmouth County and Shore Conference championships, CBA ran its best race of the season at the Meet of Champions, finishing second with a 16:16 average. The Colts faced a fast Union Catholic team, who won the the team event.
Senior Jack Moran turned in a personal-best 15:49 at the MOC race, which was held at Holmdel Park. It was good for the sixth fastest time in CBA history.
Sophomore Jack Falkowski was 34th in 16:22, junior Nick Sullivan was 36th in 16:23, sophomore Alex Kemp placed 37th in 16:23, and freshman Joe Barrett was 40th in 16:24. Barrett's time was a CBA freshman course record.
CBA improved its average time by nine seconds in a matter of four days, after finishing second to the same Union Catholic team at the Non-Public A Championship.
"Our improvement this season is all on our student-athletes," head coach Sean McCafferty said. "Our seniors taught our team to believe in themselves. Every runner embraced a challenge of being an underdog and worked hard to improve."
Ranked 12th in the nation by Milesplit, the Colts also won the Bowdoin Invitational and the Manhattan Invitational Varsity A race this season.
Of course, CBA extended its own national record with 385 straight dual meet victories, winning all seven dual meets this fall.
While the Colts will lose their senior leader in Moran, they will return six of their top seven runners in 2022.