By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Nov. 8, 2017: The Broncos will be well represented at the New York State Championships this coming weekend. The girls’ cross country team won its 21st consecutive sectional title last Saturday and will head upstate this weekend to compete in the state championship. Also competing at states are two members of the boys’ cross country team, Alex and Matt Rizzo. The state meet will be held at Wayne Central School District, which is 20 miles east of Rochester on Lake Ontario.
In the Sectional Championship meet at Bowdoin Park, the Bronxville girls won the Class C Championship easily with 29 points. Dobbs Ferry came in second with a score of 84. Natalie Weiner won the Class C Sectional Championship in a time of 20:33 and was followed by four Broncos: Gigi Chrappa, 5th, Emma Mandanas, 6th, Patty Haggerty, 8th, and Avery Widen, 9th.
Last year, the Broncos finished third in the state, and Section 6’s Newfane won the Class C title. This fall, the New York Sportswriters Association ranks Class C Syracuse CBA first, Newfane, second, and Bronxville, third.
At the boys’ sectional meet, the Rizzo brothers had strong finishes. Alex placed 2nd in 15:53.3, and Matt placed 4th in 17.14.3.
The 400 freestyle relay team, Julia Bazinet, Alisa Fominykh, Caroline McGrath, and Emily Gjertsen. Photo by Eileen Marshall.
The Bronxville-Tuckahoe girls’ swim team will send four swimmers to states. Julia Bazinet, Alisa Fominykh, Caroline McGrath, and Emily Gjertsen will compete in the 400 freestyle relay, Fominkyh will compete as an individual in the 50 and 100 freestyle, and Gjertsen will compete in the 200 and 500 freestyle. The swimming state championships will be held on November 17 and 18 at Ithaca College.
Pictured at top (rotating): Alex (L) and Matt Rizzo competing at sectionals (photo by Charlotte Rizzo); the girls’ cross country team with the Class C Section 1 Championship plaque.