On Marathon Sunday in New York City, the cross country teams closed their seasons at the 36th Annual NYSAIS Cross Country Championships at Van Cortlandt Park’s 5,000-meter course.
Riley Corcoran finished 8th overall in a field of 159 runners, the highest individual finish for a Bear in State Championship since Andy Hoffman placed 7th at Saratoga State Park in 1984 with a time of 15:52. Corcoran’s mark of 17:21, a personal best on the course, was also the fastest time at a State Championship since Jacob Brummeler ran 17:20 in the 2013 NYSPHSAA Championship. Zack Xu (66th/19:33), Colin Scanlon (72nd/19:53), Forest Kaplan-Walbrecht (83rd/20:11), and Jake Macaspac (88th/20:34) also scored for the Brook who took 7th place in a field of 20 of the best private school teams in New York, including numerous former Ivy League rivals who use Van Cortlandt as their home course. It was the highest team finish for the Bears in a State Championship since the 2007 team took 3rd at the NYSPHSAA Championship.
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On the girls’ side, Sarah Wong improved on both her place and time from a year ago, finishing 27th in 22:18, the girls’ highest State Championship individual finish since Margot Rashba took 15th at the 2013 NYSPHSAA Championship. Evelyn Apazidis (94th/25:35), Diana Barbacena (95th/25:36), Judy Tao (101st/26:00), and Yasmin Tinaz (108th/26:21) also scored for the Bears who finished 15th out of 17 teams. Additionally, Apazidis was the third-highest finisher among eighth-graders and Maryana Lekanova (112th/26:31) was the fourth-highest eighth-grade finisher. The Bears return seven of their top nine to next year’s team, so the future remains bright for this squad.