Ferro, Warner among area standouts to win state titles

first_imgThe state indoor track and field season concluded with Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) standout Blaise Ferro capturing his second straight NJSIAA Meet of Champions (MOC) title.The Colts’ junior defended his 3,200- meter run title by posting the year’s fastest time, 9:12.96. He now has three 3,200 MOC crowns — two indoors and one outdoors.Ferro was the only area athlete to strike gold at the MOC on Feb. 21 at the John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex in Toms River. However, it was another outstanding season overall for area track and field athletes.At the group championships on Feb. 13- 15 in Toms River, Ferro won the 1,600 (4:34.11) and 3,200 (9:24.76) in leading CBA to the team championship. The Colts defeated Union Catholic High School by 33 points, 83-50.Ferro’s 3,200 time was a meet record.In Non-Public A, Red Bank Catholic High School senior MaryKate McNamara won her first individual state championship, taking the girls 800 in a meet record 2:18.88.St. John Vianney High School hurdler Josh Taylor was fastest when it counted in the 55 hurdles. The Lancer didn’t have the fastest qualifying time during the heats, but he picked it up when it mattered. He won the Non Public-A crown (7.61) in the finals.In Non-Public B, Mater Dei Prep’s Tom Mongeau was the state champion in the 800, clocking 2:03.61 and winning by more than two seconds. During the cross-country season, Marin Warner and Aaron Barlev gave Holmdel High School a rare sweep of the individual titles at the Monmouth County championships.At the state group championships, the duo gave the Hornets another double, as each captured Group II state titles.Warner won her first indoor Group II 1,600-meter run title in 5:04.02 — her best time this winter. The University of Pennsylvania bound Warner added the state title to the Monmouth County and Central Jersey championships she collected earlier this year.During cross-country, Warner also won the Group II state crown.Barlev delivered his best 3,200 of the indoor season at 9:36.99, holding off River Dell Regional High School’s William Daly (9:37.83). This was his first state championship.Barlev also won the Central Jersey Group II championship.Also leaving Toms River as a state champion was Raritan High School’s Joseph Cawley. The Rocket won the Group II 800 title, nipping River Dell’s Colin Daly, 1:59.56-1:59.74.The top six finishers in each event from the group championships all qualified for the MOC.Although the MOC ended the indoor track season in New Jersey, a couple of major meets remained on the schedule. The Eastern State Championships took place on March 3, and the New Balance Indoor Nationals are scheduled for March 13-15. The Armory Track and Field Center in New York City is the setting for both meets. By TIM MORRIS Staff Writer last_img read more