BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer
Led by Samantha O'Brien's eighthplace finish, the Rumson-Fair Haven girl's cross-country team took second in the Varsity B Division at the Stewart Memorial Invitational on Saturday.
O'Brien, a sophomore, ran the historic 5,250-meter Warinanco Park course in Elizabeth in 20:44.21 to pace the Bullodgs. Hannah Satzke was not far behind O'Brien, clocking 20:51.74 in 12th place.
The Bulldogs team score of 107 points trailed only Morristown (70). The overall winner was Laura Vigilante of Mendham, who turned in a 19:24.11.
Jaime Carroll was RFH's No. 3 scorer in 21st place (21:30.61). Ashley Hopkins (22:13.98) and Katy Hellman (22:14.78) were the fifth and sixth scorers in 36th and 37th overall. In team scoring, the trio of Carroll, Hopkins and Hellman were 20th, 33rd and 34th.
Rumson's boys placed 10th (278) at Warinanco Park. They were led by Max Sparshatt, who was 33rd overall (18:10.27).
The other major cross-country event of the weekend was the Cougar Invitational hosted by Colts Neck High School at the Bucks Mill Park.
Monmouth Regional's Ian Hamilton was third in the Small School Division breaking 17:00 on the 5K course. His 16:57 trailed only Manchester's Chris Poss and Raritan's Andrew Herschman (16:44).
The Golden Falcons finished fourth (96) in the team competition that was won by another Shore area team, Pt. Pleasant Boro.
Patrick Hartman (17:38) and Karam Alkhalil (17:42) came up with strong races for Monmouth in 12th and 13th place.
Red Bank Regional's and Red Bank Catholic's boys traveled to Warwick, RI last weekend for the New Balance Ocean State Invitational. The teams finished 14th and 15th with RBC (319) edging the Bucs (332).
The top finisher on the 5K layout was RBR's Mike Kolodziej. He was 13th after a 16:28 effort. New Jersey's Alex Yersak from Cherokee High School was the winner in 16:09.
RBC's Bobb McGann was right behind Kolodziej in 15th (16:31). Teammate Nick Bond was 24th (16:47). RBR's Matt Metlitz was 37th (17:00).
Cross-country attention will now turn to Holmdel Park and tomorrow's Shore Coaches Invitational. This is the first race of the season where teams from throughout the state will race at the site of the state championship course. This meet signals the start of the championship season.
According to the latest Nike Team National regional rankings, Red Bank Catholic's girls have moved up to No. 7 in the Northeast. Colts Neck, who RBC will meet at the Monmouth County (Oct. 16) and Shore Conference Championships (Oct. 27) later this month, is No. 4.Christian Brothers Academy is No. 7 in the boys' rankings, making the Colts the highest ranked team in the Garden State.