XC Teams Open Season with Convincing Wins

Apazidis led the way for the Bears (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Thursday afternoon, our three-time reigning PSAA Champion cross country teams opened their seasons with dominant wins against familiar foes Portledge, Long Island Lutheran, Kew-Forest, and Solomon Schechter. The S. T. Hsaio home course was buffeted by gusty winds for much of the race, but the Bears were unfazed as they flooded the top spots in both races.

Evelyn Apazidis looked poised to take the mantle vacated by Sarah Wong, winner of the last three individual league titles, by finishing first in a time of 17:34. Yasmin Tinaz (2nd place/19:00), Alexandra Puopolo (4th/20:08), and Mia Trama (5th/20:27) also earned top five finishes for the Brook.

Girls’ Race Top 10 Results

1.Evelyn ApazidisStony Brook17:34
2.Yasmin TinazStony Brook19:00
3.Taty NeugebauerPortledge20:07
4.Alexandra PuopoloStony Brook20:08
5.Mia TramaStony Brook20:27
6.Alice SunStony Brook20:47
7.Anne-Sarah NichitiuStony Brook20:49
8.Ana VissicchioPortledge21:34
9.Christina MinkPortledge21:39
10.Ramsey CammererPortledge21:41

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On the boys’ side, Zach Xu returned from a year of remote learning to win in a time of 14:39. Forest Kaplan-Walbrecht (3rd/15:52), Joe Barisic Cubillas (4th/16:08), Marc Nichitiu (6th/16:33), and Paul Cesario (7th/17:07) also scored for the Bears who tallied up 21 points to best Portledge (41) and Solomon Schechter (69).

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