By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
May 9, 2018: The Bronco girls swept all but one of the relays at the Joe Wynne Somers Lions Club Invitational last weekend. It was an outstanding accomplishment considering the competition. Fifty-five schools of all sizes from across Section 1 competed at the meet.
Bronxville junior Caroline Brashear was named Outstanding Female Track Athlete for her performance at the two-day meet. In the individual 800m, she had a first-place finish in a time of 2:16.83, and she was also part of the winning 4x400m and the sprint medley relay teams. Brashear and her teammates had a busy week. They competed at Somers over the weekend and they also ran at the Fulton Invitational in Harrison on Thursday.
“I was a little bit nervous going into the weekend with three days of running in a row because that is not something I usually do,” said Brashear. “I was pleased that I was able to push myself and happy my times were consistent. Hopefully, I can begin to get those times down later in the season.”
The Bronxville girls’ sprint medley relay ("SMR") had an excellent time (4:09.65), placing them ninth all-time in Westchester County.
“I think we were feeling strong about the 4x400, but in the SMR we knew we were going to have a lot of competition, especially with Carmel. We were surprised but pleased to win the race.” Carmel finished just behind Bronxville in 4:11.09.
Teammate Natalie Weiner also had a great meet. She placed first in the 1500m in 4:50.35 and participated in two relays. She anchored the 4x1600m and the 4x800m relay, both of which placed first.
Results for the relay teams are listed below.
Sprint Medley Relay, 1st place
Eve Balseiro (59.30), Ava Downs (28.0), Laura Holland (26.67), and Caroline Brashear (2:15.97).
4x1600m, 1st place
Patty Haggerty (5:30.6), Gigi Chrappa (5:41.0), Emma Mandanas (5:42.1), and Natalie Weiner (5:25.1).
4x800m, 1st place
P. Haggerty (2:23.93), Clio Daskalakis (2:27.0), G. Chrappa (2:29.17), and N. Weiner (2:24.86).
4x400m, 1st place
E. Balseiro (60.23), Bella Dibbini (65.46), C. Brashear (59.50), and L. Holland (60.16).
4x200m, 5th place
Ava Downs (27.3), Alisa Kanganis (27.4), Remi Mellinghoff (28.0), and Millie Koenig (26.48).
Pictured here: Caroline Brashear at the Somers Invitational.
Photo by Gary Mui