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CBA takes third in Penn Relays distance medley CBA Christian McLaughlin hands off to Blaise Ferro during their third place worthy Distance Medley Relay Friday at Penn Relays in Philadelphia Pa. on April 24, 2015. Peter Ackerman/Staff Photographer(Photo: Gannett) PHILADELPHIA With one lap to go, it was right there for Christian Brothers Academy's distance medley relay. The problem was, it was right there for four other teams as well. After a mad dash over the final lap, including a momentary stumble by anchor Blaise Ferro, the Colts finished third in Friday's Championship of America race at the Penn Relays. Their season best time of 10:12.78 marked a strong performance by any measure, but the coveted winner's wheel went to Rhode Island's La Salle Academy (10:12.10) and the silver medals to Maryland's McDonogh School (10:12.19). "We all ran well," Ferro said. "We did exactly what we were supposed to do. I got tripped up and was just a little bit too far off to catch them." ASBURY PARK PRESS Carino: There nothing quite like the Penn Relays Caught in a box between the four other anchors as everyone started kicking, Ferro tried to move up on the inside going into the final turn. "I saw an opening and it closed at the last minute," he said. "I tripped up and hit the rail." The junior still split a highly respectable 4:15.60 for his 1600 meter leg, including 2:04 over the final 800 and 60 seconds for the last lap. Sophomore Drake Anzano led off with a 3:08.93 1200, followed by a 48.55 400 from junior Mike Zupko and a 1:59.71 800 by senior Christian McLaughlin. "I thought it was a good race," CBA distance coach Sean McCafferty said. "The first three legs did exactly what we wanted them to do. The anchor leg hit the rail. When they (the leaders) started moving he just lost his momentum. I don't know if we win with that, but it would have been closer at the end." CBA Drake Anzano does the first leg of the High School Boys Distance Medley. CBA finished third. Friday at Penn Relays in Philadelphia Pa. on April 24, 2015. Peter Ackerman/Staff Photographer (Photo: Gannett) The Colts were seeking their fourth distance medley wheel from Penn, having won the prestigious race in 1985, 1988 and 2011. This group came to Franklin Field seeded third. Anzano handed off in fourth and Zupko moved CBA into first with his blazing one lapper. "When I got the baton I started picking people off one by one," Zupko said. "It hurt, but I had to keep going. I knew if I gave McLaughlin a good lead, we had a good chance." McLaughlin, a newcomer to the quartet, held his own with an even pace and handed off to Ferro in second. "There are three underclassmen on this team it's a great experience for next year," McCafferty said. "Of course we came here wanting to win. The CBA tradition is about the boys coming here and laying it out here, trying to win, and we did that today. The boys did a good job of that." Other local highlights Friday: In the boys 3000, Allentown's Conor Murphy was the top New Jerseyan across the line, placing sixth in a brisk 8:37.44. In the boys 4x100, Jackson Liberty posted the top local time of 44.27. In the boys discus, Toms River North's Kevin Benson turned in a fine effort, placing fifth with a 173 2 heave. Toms River East's Daniel Gilligan took 16th (140 10). In the boys javelin, Barnegat's Cinjun Erskin finished 13 th (171 0) and Marlboro's Mark Orlando took 17th (152 6).