By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Jan. 23, 2019: It has been a winter of spectacular performances for the indoor track and field teams. At the New Balance Games held last weekend at the Armory, six Broncos broke school records in the girls' 200m and 500m and the boys' 55m high hurdles. It was the second week in a row that the Broncos rewrote the record books.
The girls' team had three top-ten finishes in the invitational 500m dash. Eve Balseiro won the race in 1:16.7, breaking the school record previously held by Lea Shearer (1:19.0). Caroline Brashear placed third (1:18.23), also breaking the old school record, and Betsy Marshall placed sixth (1:20.39). Balseiro and Brashear are ranked No. 1 and No. 4, respectively, in New York in this event.
In the 200m dash, three Broncos beat the Bronxville School record of 27.39. Caroline Ircha placed third in the freshman race in 26.09, the fastest time in Bronxville School history. Sabrina Mellinghoff (26.35) and Amelia Koenig (27.23) had great performances in the novice and freshman races, also besting the previous Bronxville School record set in 2002 by Halley Smith.
Seamus Watters broke his own 55m high hurdles school record twice in the same day (7.96), and Alex Rizzo won the mile in a season-best time of 4:17.69, qualifying for the Millrose Games. He will be running the Millrose Mile along with his twin brother, Matt, who qualified for the event a week ago when he ran a 4:17.32 at the Hispanic Games.
"Alex and Matt are running at another level right now," said Coach Ian Clark. "They'll only get better into February and March as we back off training. If they work together, Bronxville will see some great times at Millrose."
Other notable finishes included a sixth-place finish for the girls' distance medley relay (Emma Mandanas, Caroline Brashear, Clio Dakolias, and Patty Haggerty) and a first-place finish for Maeve Sullivan in the sophomore 1000m. Sullivan won in a personal best time of 3:13.13 and was followed by Avery Widen, who placed third (3:17.28). In the novice 1000m run, Molly Palma placed fifth in 3:17.51. Finally, Gigi Chrappa earned a medal by placing fifth in the invitational steeplechase.
The Westchester County Championships will be held this coming Sunday.
The boys' basketball team had three games last week and came away with two wins. On January 15, the Broncos went up against Keio and had a solid 68-42 win. In that game, Tim McGrath was the top scorer for the Broncos, with 22 points, followed by Chris Kelty and Riley Ramundo, with 10 and 8 points, respectively.
At fan day on January 17, the Broncos again came out on top over Rye Neck, 53-50. McGrath had 21 points in that game. On January 19, the Broncos lost to North Salem, 63-55. The boys will play at Blind Brook on Thursday and at Edgemont on January 29.
The girls' basketball team had three games last week. On January 15, the team held Keio to only 19 points, winning 34-19. Stella Daskalakis was the lead scorer, with 11 points. Two days later, the Broncos traveled to Rye Neck. Earlier in the season, the Bronxville girls had a strong win over the Panthers, 39-26, but last week, the Broncos had a heartbreaking loss when Rye Neck squeaked by them, 42-41. The Bronxville team will meet up again with the Panthers on February 6. Last Saturday, the Broncos had another loss to Pleasantville, 50-40. The girls will play Blind Brook at home on Thursday and Edgemont at home on Monday.
New Rochelle/Bronxville Swim Team
The boys' swim team is a combined team made up of swimmers from Bronxville and New Rochelle. The team's overall record is 4-4 for the season. They have had wins over North Rockland, John Jay, Brewster, Wappingers, and Scarsdale. In their most recent meet on January 17, they lost to a very competitive Fox Lane, 93-77. In that meet, Bronxville senior Tim Cushman had two first-place finishes in the 100 and 200 freestyle events. Cushman was also part of the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay, each of which came in first.
The boys' team will be going to North Rockland High School on Saturday for Conference 1 Swimming and Diving Championships.
Pictured here: Alex Rizzo wins the mile at the New Balance Games.
Photo by John Nepolitan