Staff Writer By tim morris For Christian Brothers Academy, Middletown, the cross country season has come down to one race, Saturday’s Meet of Champions at Holmdel Park. The long-awaited rematch between the defending champion Colts and the state’s top-ranked team, Cherokee, will be one of the highlights of the MOC. “It’s going to come down to who wants it more,” said the Colts’ Tom Falvey. “We’re going to be diving for the finish line. “We’re all so excited about Saturday’s race, it’s what we’ve been training for every day all year,” he added. The Colts impressively retained their Parochial A state championship, their sixth straight, pitching a shutout against the rest of the state and sending a strong message to Cherokee (which won Group IV) that this is the Colts’ time of the year. Falvey led the CBA sweep at the front, winning the Parochial A crown in 16:24.6. Falvey took charge of the race after two miles when the runners left the bowl. He was content to sit and follow Paul VI’s Mike Ritchie for the first half of the race before taking the lead in the bowl. “I waited until two miles to start my push,” said Falvey. “I made sure I had enough left this time.” The week before at the Shore Conference Championship Falvey had tried to made a big move at that point on Marlboro’s Ty Jensen, and it cost him in the last half mile when Jensen kicked it into another gear and the tiring Falvey had no response. This week, he had enough left in reserve if challenged, but he wasn’t. “It’s a great feeling, pretty awesome,” Falvey said of joining the select group of Colts who have won the Parochial A state title. The matter at hand for the Colts, however, was the state title and CBA accomplished it with its best overall race yet at Holmdel. Trevor Rozier-Byrd (16:37.3), Jeff Peterson (16:38.8), Nat Glackin (16:44.3) and Eric Reulbach (16:49.7) polished off the shutout averaging 16:38.9 per runner. CBA beat runner-up Delbarton, 15-68. With Cherokee winning in Group IV, the die has been cast for one of the most anticipated team showdowns in years. The Chiefs beat the Colts in early October at the Shore Coaches Invitational in their only head-to-head match. Since then, neither has lost a meet. Cherokee averaged 16:35.5 per runner to the Colts’ 16:42 in the October meeting. At the Group IV meet, the Chiefs averaged 16:50.9, led by Marc Pelerin’s 16:04.9 in second place. Since that first meeting, the Colts’ fourth and fifth runners have been running quicker, as has Falvey out front. The gap between first and fifth for CBA was just 25 seconds at the Parochial A meet, while the Chiefs’ difference was 1:14. A similar gap on Saturday could be enough to put the defending champions over the top. Middletown South’s teams came up with a pair of second-place finishes at the Group championships. The boys lost to Cranford, 110-117. Sean Rath (17:08.4) and Danny Clambrone (17:09.8) led the Eagle effort with 14th- and 15th-place finishes. In the team scoring, they were 11th and 12th. Marty Walsh was the team’s No. 3 runner (17:33.7); he finished 23rd in the team count and 28th overall. The Eagle girls fell to North Hunterdon, 46-101. South got another outstanding run from Nicole Lombardy. Her 20:01.5 put her in fifth place overall. Also helping the Eagles’ cause were: Lauren Dike (21:21.2), Jane Wood ((21:27.9), Julia Baratta (21:39.9) and Lisa Zino (21:58), who were 16th, 19th, 26th and 37th respectively in the team scoring. The Top 10 runners from each group and top three teams automatically qualified for the MOC. Those qualifying were Roger Ellis of St. John Vianney, Holmdel, sixth in Parochial A (16:52), and Tom Santifort of Mater Dei, Middletown, seventh in Parochial B (17:43.9). Wild card spots were secured by the 10 fastest nonqualifying times. Middletown North’s Brian Derasmo earned a wild card entry with his 16:38 which was 13th in the Group IV race.