Believe it or not, of all the impressive marks Christian Brothers Academy has achieved as a cross country program, the Colts had never captured the ultimate team accomplishment of a Nike Cross Nationals title — until now.
The Colts used a late-race rally to barely best Southlake Carroll (Texas) at this past weekend's Oregon meet and cement its place atop the national rankings. After the Dragons blazed to an early lead, the CBA quartet of George Kelly (23rd place), Jack Boyle (29), Tim Gorman (36) and Mike McClemens (61) surged past several runners to pull out the 91-95 win.
CBA won the national meet in record fashion, tallying 91 points and an average 15:58.99 to set new marks at the Portland Meadows Race Track. What's more, with coach Tom Heath saying before the year that "anything less than a national title this season is a disappointment," it helped the Colts find complete satisfaction in a campaign that already included a state-record 17th Meet of Champions title and a national-record 315 consecutive dual-meet victories (and counting).
And get this — the Colts still don't sound totally satisfied. Heath told the Star-Ledger this:
"This is the best team ever at CBA, and this was the only thing left to do. But now we have to come back and become the first team to win it twice.''
Brandon Parker covers New Jersey for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.