The nation's No. 1-ranked boys cross country team, Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft, N.J.)
, continued to dominate over the weekend by winning the prestigious Eastern States Championship during the 40th Manhattan Invitational at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, N.Y.
The defending national champion Colts placed their top five runners between fifth and 33rd to score a low of 94 points. Second place was a distant 200 points by Henderson (West Chester, Pa.)
The CBA team averaged a superb 12 minutes, 44.6 seconds per runner to break an eight-year-old course record. It was the third course record they have set this fall.
CBA coach Jack Boyle told Jim Lambert of the Newark Star-Ledger, "This is unbelievable. Van Cortlandt is the most famous course in the Northeast and one of the most famous in the country. To break a record on this course is pretty special."
The individual boys champion was St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.)
superstar Edward Cheserek, who just missed his course record with a time of 11:58.7 over the 2.5-mile layout. The 2011 Foot Locker national champion was running his first race of the fall, having spent considerable time preparing for the SAT.
In the girls division, Tatnall (Wilmington, Del.)
upset favored Fayetteville-Manlius (Manlius, N.Y.)
, which was missing one of its standouts, 81-90 for the team title. Tatnall's Reagan Anderson placed first in the race with a clocking of 14:21.2.
In the girls Varsity A race, Mary Cain of team champion Bronxville (N.Y.)
won the title with an outstanding time of 14:03.9.
*Senior Ashley Erba of Warsaw (Ind.)
re-set her own all-time Indiana girls cross country record with a time of 17:12.5 while winning the Culver Regional.