There wasn’t a lot of drama regarding the team title at Thursday’s Cape Atlantic Conference championships.
There was plenty of drama in the individual race.
How often do you see the first seven finishers in a major meet all finish within 50 meters of each other?
That’s exactly what happened at the finish of the CAL boys race at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville.
Seniors Will Berger of Lower Cape May, Nicholas Berenotto of Mainland and Jesse Schmeizer of Ocean City, along with three more Mainland runner — sophomore Kevin Antczak and juniors Ar Simons Menezes and Mikin Patel — and Egg Harbor junior Gobi Thurairajah all finished between 16:09 and 16:19.
Berger crossed the line first, in 16:09, with Berenotto 10 meters back in 16:11 and Schmeizer and Antczak each one stride back, Schmeizer in 16:12 and Antczak in 16:13.
Simons Menezes, Patel and Thurairajah followed in 16:17, 16:18 and 16:19.
Berger also won the Cape May County 1,600 title this past spring and the Cape May XC title last week. He’s also a 10-6 pole vaulter.
Mainland won the team title, 21-56, over Ocean City, with Egg Harbor third with 85 points. Ocean City had defeated Mainland for the conference title the last two years.
The team title was Mainland’s first in 10 years, since Matt Jernberg, Max Mittleman and Andrew Everett led the Mustangs to a thrilling three-point win — 42-45 over Ocean City.
Also in the top 10 were Egg Harbor junior Brian Catania (8th in 16:32), Mainland senior Tiger Carey (9th in 16:35) and Egg Harbor senior Jordan callahan (10th in 16:40).