BY TIM MORRIS
Craig Forys left very little room for others to shine. Whether the Colts Neck junior was setting records, winning state championships or earning All-American honors, Forys dominated the indoor track and field season unlike anyone else before him.
His list of achievements in 2005-06 was endless, and it’s a forgone conclusion that he owns the 1,600 and 3,200 spots on the News Transcript’s 2006 All-Freehold Regional District Boys Indoor Track and Field Team.
Overshadowed by Forys’ sensational season were the All-American performances of Freehold Borough high-jumper Justin Frick and Manalapan’s multi-event star Adam Hegel, who helped make the All-District Team a very strong one.
Joining these stars on the 2006 All-District team are: Ben Edwards, Howell (55 meter hurdles), Colin McCarthy (55-meter dash) and Sean Coyne (400), Freehold Township, Brenden Krewer, Colts Neck (800), and Howell’s 1,600 meter relay team of Ben Edwards, Francisco Bueno, Mike Newman and Jason Leacock. In the field, shot putter John Krewer of Colts Neck and Freehold Township pole vaulter Steve Pugliese, round out the squad.
Forys etched his name all over the record books, but more importantly, placed himself among the best distance runners the state has seen. His historic 1,600-3,200 double at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions was enough to put him there. He became just the second runner in the history to complete the double, winning the 1,600 in 4:17.11 and the 3,200 in 9:15.11. He had earlier won both at the State Group III championships.
In an open mile at the New York Armory, Forys ran 4:09.77, setting a new state junior class record and becoming just the third miler in state history to run under 4:10 indoors.
Forys stole the show at the Eastern States and the National Scholastic Indoor Championships, both at the Armory, by turning in the second fastest 1,600-meter legs in state history in the Distance Medley Relay. His 4:06.2 brought the Cougars home in third place at the Eastern States and he was even faster at the NSIC, cranking out a 4:05.9, where the Cougars were again third (10:19.66) earning All-American honors. Krewer, Evan Stivala and Shane Hart were the other members of the team. The quartet won the State Group III DMR championship earlier in the season.
The day after his 4:05.9 split, Forys finished second in the two-mile run at the Nike Indoor Nationals in Landover, Md., running 8:59.98, the fastest two-mile ever turned in by a junior in New Jersey, and the second fastest time in the nation in ’06. He passed 3,000 meters in that race in 8:24.13, which was also another state junior class record.
One more for the record book was Forys’ only foray in the 800 meters, that was a Monmouth County record 1:54.6.
Undoubtedly, more records and championships await Forys outdoors.
Frick was undefeated for most of the season, winning at venues in New York City (Hispanic Games and Spiked Shoe Invitational) and Seton Hall He won the Monmouth County and Shore Conference crowns, was third at the State Group III and MOC. He was sixth at the NSIC, winning All-American honors. The senior’s best indoor jump was 6-6. He’ll continue his quest to become the District’s first 7-0 jumper outdoor. He went 6-10 outdoors in ’05 when he won the MOC.
Hegel earned his spot on the team by turning in the fastest 200 meters of the season (24.37), but he made his biggest mark in the pentathlon, finishing fourth at the NSIC, scoring a District record 3,447 points. The senior, put up some
great marks at the Armory. He ran the hurdles in 9.10, long jumped 21-11 1/2 (a District indoor record), threw the shot put 42-5 1/4, high jumped 5-9 1/4 and ran the 1,000 meters in 3:01.65. There isn’t a better all-around track and field athlete in the District.
Not to be lost in this record-setting year is Howell’s 4×400 relay team. The Rebels lowered the District record to 3:28.3 and finished sixth at the MOC. Edwards, Bueno, Newman and Leacock were also fourth in the county.
Edwards was the best/sprinter hurdler in the District. He finished third at the county championships in the 55-meter hurdles (7.8) and was ninth in the conference. He was also a top flight 400 runner.
Since Forys confined his 800 meter running to one race, Krewer earned All-District honors in this event. He was a valuable member of the Cougars’ All-American DMR team, running the opening 1,200-meter leg. The junior was ninth at the State Group III meet (2:04.21) earning a wild card berth to the MOC, where he finished 16th.
McCarthy, a senior, gets the nod in the 55-meter dash by being the fastest District sprinter at the SC and State Group IV meets (6.98).
Coyne is one of the best 400 intermediate hurdlers in the Shore and for him, the indoor season is about getting ready for the outdoor season. A seventh place at the Shore Conference (53.21) landed the senior on the District team.
The pole vault was also restricted to the state meets and it was the Patriots’ Steve Pugliese who was the highest flier. He cleared 12-6 to finish eighth at the State Group IV championships.
In the shot put, Colts Neck’s John Krewer, Brenden’s twin brother, made his case a strong one with a second place at the county championships that produced the longest throw of the year (46-5 1/4).
Those earning Honorable Mention are: Dave Hickey, Freehold Borough, Chris Ernst, Freehold Township and Scott Cohen, Marlboro.