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2018-19 Year in Review: Individual Champions

June 19, 2019

In 2018-19, the Bears earned eleven individual championships and three relay titles. Here’s a look back at our champions.

Individuals

  • Adetona Adesina earned the boys’ track team its first discus title since 1969 with a 92′ 2″ throw at the PSAA Championships that bested the runner-up by over six feet.
  • Max Chambers earned the boys’ track team its first shot put crown since 1963 with a 40′ 2″ toss at the PSAA Championships, beating teammate EJ Lamptey by nearly six feet.
  • Riley Corcoran bookended his outstanding junior year with PSAA titles. In the fall he earned the 21st individual league title in boys’ cross country history, and first since 1981, with a 14:09 mark on the 2.5-mile course at Van Cortlandt Park. In the spring he claimed the 1600m crown, fending off his Dalton opponent in 4:53.6.
  • James Field‘s 5’ 6″ leap claimed the PSAA high jump crown when he won the tiebreaker over teammate Nick Bertrand on jumps at the previous height.
  • Francine Leung was the queen of the horizontal jumps in the PSAA this year, taking the crowns in both the long (15′ 4″) and triple (32′ 8.25″) jumps.
  • Lily Middlekauf claimed the first individual high jump title for the girls’ track program with a leap of 4′ 6″ to claim the PSAA title. She topped Dalton’s runner-up by six inches.
  • Kayla Ochei earned the first discus league title for the girls’ track team with a 70′ 1″ heave at the PSAA Championships. She flew her disc past the runner-up by over twenty feet.
  • Colin Scanlon ran his best times in the biggest races of the season, taking PSAA titles in the 110m (17.19) and 400m (58.82) hurdles. Three weeks later, at the NYSAIS Championships, he earned 400m hurdle gold with a mark of 56.81 to claim the fourth individual state championship in boys’ track history.
  • Sarah Wong covered Van Cortlandt Park’s 2.5-mile course in 18:05 to win the PSAA crown country title and lead the girls’ team to a near sweep.

Relays

  • Evelyn Apazidis, Fiona Wright, Maryana Lekanova & Marta Bennett turned in a time of 11.51.27 to take the inaugural PSAA 4×800 relay title in dominant fashion.
  • Harrison Plhak, Josh Lin, Zack Xu & Riley Corcoran cruised to a dominant victory, taking the inaugural PSAA 4×800 relay championship in 9:22.54.
  • Carl Dohna, Steve Zhou, Mo Romeus & Eji Mbanefo‘s clean handoffs allowed them to edge Avenues by less than a second for the 4×100 relay crown.

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