Historic Shore Conference wins for Barrett, Zawatski

LAKEWOOD – In the long and venerable history of Shore Conference cross country, only two runners have captured three straight gold medals.

Joe Barrett cracked that door open Thursday.

The Christian Brothers Academy sophomore captured his first major title in scintillating fashion, outkicking Manalapan junior Stephen Kyvelos at Ocean County Park. Barrett covered the flat 3.1-mile course in a swift time of 14:59.

Kyvelos, who won the Monmouth County meet last week, finished two strides back in 14:50.

Boys race winner Joe Barrett, right, finishes in front of Manalapan’s Stephen Kyvelos. Shore Conference boys and girls cross country championship races. The boys race gets underway.     
Lakewood, NJ
Thursday, October 20, 2022

“Great race by Stephen; he was next to me the entire time,” Barrett said. “I have trouble finishing hard, so that was a really good race for me.”

A Spring Lake resident who began running in sixth grade, Barrett turned in a sensational freshman campaign, clocking 16:24 at Holmdel Park and 9:18 in the 3200 meters outdoors. At powerhouse CBA, though, he blended in with the pack. Now he’s starting to assert himself as a lead dog.

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