2018 Boys/Girls Shore Conference Cross Country Rankings

voted by Shore Coaches

Shore Conference XC Top 10     10/14/18

BOYS

Team

Previous

Points (1st place)

Meet result (click on meet)

1 CBA

1

80 (8)

Manhattan Inv

2 Freehold Twp

2

72

Fall Classic

3 Manalapan

3

58

Fall Classic

4 Middletown North

6

54

B North Champs

5 Toms River North

5

51

Did not compete

6 Colts Neck

4

41

B North Champs

7 Holmdel

Tie 7

28

Did not compete

8 Southern

Tie 7

24

Did not compete

9 Middletown South

9

16

Manhattan Inv

10 Red Bank

10

8

Manhattan Inv

 

Also getting votes: Pt Boro (nr) 6 pts, Toms River South (nr) 2 pts

nr* = not ranked

The A South Champs was postponed to the 22nd so it kept us from the TRN/Southern showdown.  We did get results from B North Champs, Manhattan and the Fall Classic.  Middletown North knocked off Colts Neck in the B North race and switches places with them.  CBA ran their “A” team and was tops in NJ.  Freehold Twp and Manalapan ran the Fall Classic with partial teams.  This week we get two County Championships, Monmouth County on Tuesday at Holmdel Park and Ocean County on Thursday at OCP.  Monmouth County has the top 4 ranked teams competing and 8 of the top 10.  Ocean County Champs has #5 TRN, #8 Southern and Pt Boro and TRS.  Now it’s really starting to get exciting.

GIRLS

Team

Previous

Points (1st place)

Meet result (click on meet)

1 Colts Neck

1

60 (6)

B North Champs

2 Holmdel

2

51

Did not compete

3 Middletown South

3

49

Manhattan

4 RBC

4

44

Manhattan

5 Southern

5

33

Did not compete

6 Freehold Twp

7

25

Fall Classic

7 Rumson

6

23

Manhattan 

8 Pt Boro

nr*

10

Did not compete

9 Red Bank

nr*

10

Did not compete

10 Toms River South

8

7

Did not compete

 

Also getting votes: TRN (9) 8 pts, Matawan (10) 1 pt

nr* = not ranked

It’s County Championship week but let’s talk about last week first.  In B North Champs, CN won with Red Bank nipping Matawan for 2nd.  Middletown South beat RBC at Manhattan.  Pt Boro beat Rumson at the Fall Classic with Rumson missing #1 and #4.  A South was postponed so we did not get to see the Southern/TRS/TRN showdown.  We will see a taste of it on Thursday at the Ocean County Champs.  #5 Southern. #9 Pt Boro and TRS #10 with TRN.  Should be a great one!  The Monmouth County Champs is on Tuesday with the top 4 teams and 7 of the top 10.  Let’s start Championship week!

Shore Conference XC Top 10     10/7/18

BOYS

Team

Previous

Points (1st place)

Meet result (click on meet)

1 CBA

1

80 (8)

“B” team Shore Coaches

2 Freehold Twp

2

72

Did not compete

3 Manalapan

3

64

Did not compete

4 Colts Neck

5

50

Did not compete

5 Toms River North

4

46

Did not compete

6 Middletown North

6

42

Shore Coaches

Tie 7 Southern

7

24

Shore Coaches

Tie 7 Holmdel

9

24

Shore Coaches   A Central Champs

9 Middletown South

8

16

Shore Coaches

10 Red Bank

nr*

10

Shore Coaches

 

Also getting votes: Pt Boro (10) 9 pts, Toms River South (nr) 2 pts

nr* = not ranked

Only a couple of changes this week as Colts Neck and Toms River North exchange places, Holmdel, the biggest mover, moves up two places and Red Bank moves back in at 10th.  This week we have the B North Champs @ Holmdel on Tuesday (CN, Mid No, Red Bank) and the A South Champs @ Ocean County Park on Thursday (TRN, Southern, TRS).  Saturday is the Manhattan Inv with CBA’s “A” team and a few others.  Next week, we have the Monmouth and Ocean County Champs.  Now we’re talking!

GIRLS

Team

Previous

Points (1st place)

Meet result (click on meet)

1 Colts Neck

1

60 (6)

Did not compete

2 Holmdel

2

51

A Central Champs

3 Middletown South

3

50

Did not compete

4 RBC

4

43

A Central Champs

5 Southern

6

36

Shore Coaches 

6 Rumson

5

28

Shore Coaches   A Central Champs

7 Freehold Twp

7

24

Shore Coaches

8 Toms River South

nr*

10

Shore Coaches

9 Toms River North

Tie 8

10

Did not compete

10 Matawan

Tie 8

7

Shore Coaches

 

Also getting votes: Red Bank (10) 5 pts, Jackson Memorial (nr) 3 pts, Manalapan (nr) 2 pts, Shore (nr) 1 pts

nr* = not ranked

Not many changes, even after we had the A Central Champs with 3 of the top 6 and the Shore Coaches Inv.  Southern and Rumson switched places and TRS was the big mover, from unranked up to 8th.  This week we have the B North Champs @ Holmdel on Tuesday (CN, Matawan, RB) and the A South Champs @ Ocean County Park on Thursday (Southern, TRS, TRN, Jax Mem).  A few schools may go up to the Manhattan Inv on Saturday.  The following week, we have the Monmouth County and Ocean County Champs and it gets real exciting!

Shore Conference XC Top 10     9/30/18

BOYS

Team

Previous

Points (1st place)

Meet result (click on meet)

1 CBA

1

80 (8)

Did not compete

2 Freehold Twp

2

72

A North Public Champs

3 Manalapan

3

64

A North Public        Six Flags

4 Toms River North

5

52

SJ Coaches Inv

5 Colts Neck

4

51

Six Flags

6 Middletown North

7

39

Stewart Inv

7 Southern

6

27

Did not compete

8 Middletown South

8

25

Stewart Inv

9 Holmdel

Tie 9

13

Did not compete

10 Pt Boro

Tie 9

7

Did not compete

 

Also getting votes: Jackson Memorial (nr) 4 pts, Red Bank (nr) 3 pts, Howell (nr) 2 pts

nr* = not ranked

One more week and the championship season starts.  Not much different in the top 10 from this week to last week.  Same top 10 with a little shuffle.  TRN and Colts Neck changed places with a difference of 1 point and Middletown North and Southern changed places.  Holmdel takes over 9th by itself.  This week, the A Central Champs on Wed and the big Shore Coaches Inv on Sat with most of the top 10 competing.  Another chance to compare the top teams against each other in the merge.

GIRLS

Team

Previous

Points (1st place)

Meet result (click on meet)

1 Colts Neck

1

60 (6)

Six Flags

2 Holmdel

2

51

Did not compete

3 Middletown South

3

50

A North Public Champs

4 RBC

4

43

Did not compete

5 Rumson

6

36

Stewart Inv

6 Southern

8

28

SJ Coaches

7 Freehold Twp

5

24

A North Public Champs

8 TRN

7

10

Six Flags

8 Matawan

nr*

10

Six Flags

10 Red Bank

9

7

Stewart Inv

 

Also getting votes: Monmouth Reg (nr) 4 pts, Jackson Memorial (10) 3 pts, Toms River South (nr) 2 pts, Manalapan (nr) 2 pts

nr* = not ranked

The girls had more of a shakeup than the boys did and added a new name to the top 10.  Matawan moved from unranked to 9th, Southern moved up 2 places and Rumson moved up one.  Middletown South won the A North Champs.  The big meet early in this week is the A Central Champs at Holmdel with #2 Holmdel, #4 RBC and #5 Rumson.  On Sat we have the Shore Coaches Inv with about half of the top 10 competing and then we go into Championship season.  I can hardly wait!

Shore Conference XC Top 10     9/25/18

BOYS

Team

Previous

Points (1st place)

Meet result (click on meet)

1 CBA

1

60 (6)

Bowdoin Classic

2 Freehold Twp

2

52

Some of team Thompson

3 Manalapan

3

46

Thompson

4 Colts Neck

5

38

Thompson

5 Toms River North

4

32

None

6 Southern

9

23

Bowdoin Classic

7 Middletown North

7

22

None

8 Middletown South

10

19

Thompson

Tie 9 Holmdel

8

13

Thompson

Tie 9 Pt Boro

10

13

Bowdoin (Hart)

Thompson

 

Also getting votes: Jackson Memorial (nr) 10 pts, Jackson Liberty (nr) 1 pt, Brick Memorial (nr) 1 pt

nr* = not ranked

Still early in the season, some raced and some did not.  CBA raced their “A” team for the first time to prove they are #1.  Southern moved down 3 spots to 6th, Middletown South moved down 2 spots to 8th and Colts Neck and TRN switched places.  We have the A North and B North division races this week and a host of more meets on Saturday.  Freehold Twp, Manalapan and Middletown South in A North, CN and Middletown North go at it in B North.

 

GIRLS

Team

Previous

Points (1st place)

Meet result (click on meet)

1 Colts Neck

1

50 (5)

Bowdoin

2 Holmdel

2

43

Bowdoin

2 Middletown South

3

39

Bernie Magee

4 RBC

4

38

Osprey

5 Freehold Twp

5

24

Thompson

6 Rumson

8

21

Thompson

7 Toms River North

6

20

Osprey

8 Southern

7

18

None

9 Red Bank

9

17

None

10 Jackson Memorial

nr*

9

Osprey

 

Also getting votes: Monmouth Reg (10) 2 pts

nr* = not ranked

The girl’s rankings stayed much the same.  Colts Neck and Holmdel raced at Bowdoin with both missing runners.  Rumson dropped down 2 to 6th.  Jackson Memorial moved into the top 10 at 10th.  We have the A North and B North division races this week and a host of more meets on Saturday.  Middletown South and Freehold Twp in A North, CN and Red Bank in B North.

Shore Conference XC Top 10     9/18/18

BOYS

Team

Previous

Points    (1st place)

Meet result (click on meet)

1 CBA

1

50 (5)

Battle of OCP

2 Freehold Twp

2

45

Cherokee      Battle of OCP

3 Manalapan

9

35

Cherokee      Battle of OCP

4 Toms River North

5

32

Roxbury        Battle of OCP

5 Colts Neck

nr*

24

Battle of OCP

6 Pt Boro

3

21

Just dual meets

7 Middletown North

nr*

17

Cherokee      Battle of OCP

8 Holmdel

8

12

Battle of OCP

9 Southern

7

11

Cherokee      Battle of OCP

10 Middletown South

6

10

Battle of OCP

 

Also getting votes: Jackson Memorial (nr) 8 pts, Ocean (nr) 7 pts, Red Bank (4) 2 pts, Shore (10) 1 pt

nr* = not ranked

In the first week there is always a big shakeup.  Some teams had big summers, some have a few injuries and others just come along slower.  CBA (using their 2nd team) and Freehold Twp both showed they are the class of the conference this year.  The biggest movers were Manalapan, from 9th to 3rd, Colts Neck, unranked to 5th and Middletown North, unranked to 7th.  TRN moved from 5th to 4th.  There are many more weeks and many more meets, expect a lot of changes as the season progresses.

GIRLS

Team

Previous

Points       (1st place)

Meet result (click on meet)

1 Colts Neck

1

59 (5)

Battle of OCP

2 Holmdel

3

51 (1)

Battle of OCP

2 Middletown South

2

51

Battle of OCP

4 RBC

4

43

Cherokee

5 Freehold Twp

5

35

Cherokee      Battle of OCP

6 Toms River North

9

21

Roxbury        Battle of OCP

7 Southern

7

20

Cherokee      Battle of OCP

8 Rumson

6

18

St Dominic’s

9 Red Bank

nr*

17

Battle of OCP

10 Monmouth Reg

8

11

Battle of OCP

 

Also getting votes: Jackson Memorial (nr) 4 pts

nr* = not ranked

The girl’s rankings didn’t have the shakeup that the boys had.  9 of the top 10 stayed in the top 10 with the biggest movers being Toms River North, from 9th to 6th, Red Bank, unranked to 9th and Holmdel, 3rd to tie for 2nd.  The top 3 teams were within 8 pts and 6th place to 9th were only separated by 4 pts.  It looks like it’s going to be a year of close battles between all the top 10 teams.  We can hardly wait to see how it turns out.

Pre-Season Rankings - Based on nj.milesplit’s XC scoring using the fastest times for returning athletes for each team in the Shore Conference (usually Ocean County Park).  This does not include any transfers, people not coming out or new athletes.  The rest of the weekly rankings will be by coach voting.

Here is what last year’s pre-season looked like and the actual top 10 finish at the Shore Conference Champs:

Boys:

Boys 2017 Pre-season vs Actual Results:

2017 Pre-Season

Points

Team Ave

2017 Results

Points

Team Ave

1 CBA

58

15:49

1 CBA

31

15:24

2 Southern

154

16:20

2 Freehold Twp

111

15:58

3 Freehold Twp

164

16:28

3 Colts Neck

159

16:11

4 Ocean Twp

205

16:38

4 Red Bank

164

16:14

5 Jackson Mem

237

16:48

5 Ocean Twp

179

16:13

6 Colts Neck

239

16:43

6 Shore

191

16:15

7 Red Bank

248

16:48

7 Holmdel

196

16:23

8 Middletown South

277

16:51

8 Jackson Mem

217

16:27

9 Howell

305

17:01

9 Southern

269

16:28

10 Manalapan

315

17:01

10 Middletown Sou

272

16:34

Shore was the surprise team of 2017, as based on their returning runners, they should have been 15th with 406 pts and a returning average of 17:18.   They came down 9 places, 215 pts and improved 63 secs in team average.  They were the best of anyone who finished in the top ten in all three categories.  Only Shore and Holmdel finished in the top 10 and were not a pre-season top 10 pick.  Who will be the surprise team of 2018?

Boys 2018 Pre-Season Rankings (ranking, school, last year’s SC finish, pts scored in projected 2018 score, top 5 ave returning time)

1 CBA (1) 42 pts 15:43 ave

2 Freehold Twp (2) 96 pts 16:20 ave

3 Pt Pleasant Boro (18) 199 pts 16:25 ave

4 Red Bank (4) 243 pts 16:44 ave

5 Toms River North (15) 252 pts 16:50 ave

6 Middletown South (10) 254 pts 17:01 ave

7 Southern (9) 256 pts 16:55 ave

8 Holmdel (7) 277 pts 17:01 ave

9 Manalapan (16) 289 pts 16:59 ave

10 Shore (6) 330 pts 17:01 ave

***Just missing Colts Neck (2) 384 pts 17:13 ave, Middletown North (12) 386 pts 17:16 ave, Central (dnr) 404 pts 17:23 ave

Three boys team that finished outside the top 14 last year start the season ranked in the top 10.  It looks like a changing of the guard.  Look out for Southern and Middletown South, who had great freshman teams last year.

Girls:

Girls 2017 Pre-season vs Actual Results:

2017 Pre-Season

Points

Team Ave

2017 Results

Points

Team Ave

1 Colts Neck

77

18:55

1 Middletown South

96

18:38

2 Middletown South

93

19:00

2 Colts Neck

105

18:46

3 RBC

126

19:18

3 RBC

110

18:57

4 Toms River North

132

19:09

4 Holmdel

211

19:23

5 Jackson Mem

159

19:29

5 Matawan

242

19:24

6 Red Bank

162

19:32

6 Southern

247

19:33

7 Rumson

196

19:44

7 Freehold Twp

268

19:40

8 Freehold Twp

224

19:52

8 Toms River North

280

19:42

9 Southern

241

19:55

9 Red Bank

281

19:44

10 Pt Boro

315

19:55

10 Monmouth Reg

290

19:46

Matawan was the surprise team of 2017 for the girls as they were picked to finish 17th with 539 pts and a 21:27 team average.  They came down 12 places, 328 pts and improved 2:03 on the team average.  Easily the best in all three categories.  Monmouth Reg could also be considered the surprise team of the year as they had only 3 returners from the previous year!!  Only Holmdel (#11 pre-season), Matawan and Monmouth Reg finished in the top 10 and were not a pre-season top 10 pick.  Who will be the surprise team of 2018?

Girls 2018 Pre-Season Rankings (ranking, school, last year’s SC finish, pts scored in projected 2018 score, top 5 ave returning time)

1 Colts Neck (2) 79 pts 18:46 ave

2 Middletown South (1) 100 pts 18:59 ave

3 Holmdel (4) 175 pts 19:26 ave

4 RBC (3) 201 pts 19:32 ave

5 Freehold Twp (7) 223 pts 19:42 ave

6 Rumson-Fair Haven (11) 237 pts 19:46 ave

7 Southern (6)  263 pts 19:54 ave

8 Monmouth Reg (10) 275 pts 19:46 ave

9 Toms River North (8) 297 pts 20:04 ave

10 Pt Pleasant Boro (13) 300 pts 20:02 ave

***Just missing Toms River South (12) 301 pts 19:52 ave, Red Bank (9) 321 pts 20:10 ave, Matawan (5) 340 pts 20:16 ave.

Most of the same teams as last year as only Pt Pleasant Boro was outside the top 11 last year.  In fact, the top 13 teams are the same teams that were top 13 last year, just in a different order.