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Cain Captures World Junior 1000m Record Running as a Pro PDF Print Email

Jan. 22, 2014:  Bronxville High School senior Mary Cain set another record last week, this time running as a professional. In the Boston University Multi-Team Meet, Cain took first place in the 1000m with a time of 2:39.25, setting a new world junior record. Her time was just five seconds shy of the U.S. women's indoor record (2:34.19) set by Jen Toomey in 2004. Seventeen-year-old Cain is now no. 8 all-time in the U.S. women's indoor 1000m.

In 2013, Cain dominated the indoor track and field record books, breaking multiple high school and junior records in middle-distance races. Last January, she set a new high school and junior record in the 1500m with a time of 4:16.11, and then in February broke her own record by more than four seconds (4:11.72). February was a big month for Cain. She also set high school and junior records in the mile (4:28.25), the 3000m (9:04.51), and the two-mile (9:38.68).

Cain turned professional in October and runs for Nike's Oregon Project, a program funded by the athletic shoe company to promote American running. When Cain graduates from Bronxville High School in June, she will head to Oregon, where she will attend college and train under Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar.

On Saturday, Cain will head back to Boston University for her third race of the indoor season, where she will compete in the mile at the John Thomas Terrier Invitational. She set the U.S. junior record at the Millrose Games last year and could easily break her own record in Boston next weekend. Mary Decker holds the U.S. women's indoor mile record (4:20.5).

Next month, Cain will be back in New York at the Millrose Games, returning to the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory, where she began her high school indoor track career. This time, however, Cain will be running in the 800m as a professional. If she is able to break the current U.S. junior record of 2:01.8, she will have done the unthinkable--set the U.S. high school and junior indoor records in the 800m, 1000m, 1500m, 3000m, mile, and two mile.

The Millrose Games will take place on February 15. Tickets can be purchased at www.nyrrmillrosegames.org.

Pictured here: Mary Cain (second from left) competing at the Millrose Games last February.

Photo by Charles Cain 

 
Bronxville Girls’ Track Relays Shine at Yale Track Classic PDF Print Email

Jan. 22, 2014:  Qualifying members of the Bronxville girls' indoor track team headed to New Haven over the weekend to participate in the Yale Track Classic. The Bronxville girls' relay teams had great success in the small school division with a first-place finish and two-second place finishes.

The 4x200m relay (Grace RandallCaroline DePaul, Margot Richards, and Sophie Kohlhoff) placed first in the small school division with a time of 1:50.84 and is currently ranked #2 in Section 1. This is the first time that Bronxville girls have ever won a medal in that event at Yale.

The 4x800 relay team (Courtney Campbell, Delia Hayes, Argentina Chrappa, and Hilary Rizzo) finished in second place with a time of 9:30.78. The distance medley relay (DMR) (Kaitlin Ryan, S. Kohlhoff, Morgan Nobles, and Emilie Hoffer) also finished second with a time of 12:26.62. The DMR is ranked #2 in Section 1.

The Yale Track Classic is an annual event and includes athletes mostly from the New York and Connecticut area. Competitors race in the small school category (schools under 600) or the large school category (schools over 600). The Bronxville girls' relay teams competed in a field of more than 25 schools.

Go Broncos.

Pictured here: Emilie Hoffer, Coach Jim Mitchell, Kaitlin Ryan, Morgan Nobles, and Sophie Kohlhoff at the Yale Track Classic.

Photo by Beth Campbell 

 
Most Significant Bronxville Sports Stories of 2013 PDF Print Email

Jan. 15, 2014:  Every year Bronxville high school athletes win numerous titles and awards, and 2013 was no exception. Last year Bronxville student athletes were recognized at the section, state, and national levels. Highlights of the top stories of the year are listed below.

Runner Mary Cain garnered the most attention, shattering high school and junior records in the 800m, the 1500m, and the mile, to name a few. Cain competed at the U.S. Championships and the Junior World Championships last summer, and by year's end the expected announcement arrived that Cain would turn pro.

Bronxville High School's Mary Cain Shatters 41-Year-Old Girls' US Record for High School Mile

Mary Cain Captivates Fans with 10th-Place Finish at World Championships

Bronxville's Mary Cain Decides to Go Pro

In addition to Cain, there were several other student athletes from Bronxville who were in the national spotlight. In March, Bronxville High School student Dylan Murray won his third straight U.S. Junior Squash title in the under-19 division. He is currently playing in the third position for the undefeated Harvard squash team. Pierson Broadwater, a senior at Horace Mann, is currently ranked #1 nationally for squash in the under-19 division and has just committed to Yale. Last March, Bronxville resident Patrick Conaton and his teammates on the swimming team at Fordham Prep won the federation championship in the 400m freestyle relay, breaking their own 2012 state record. At the 2013 Junior National Championships, Conaton's time of 2:02.18 in the 200m backstroke left him one spot shy of the Junior National Team. He will be swimming for Stanford next fall.

Bronxville Squash Players Dominate in Individual and Team Events

Patrick Conaton and Bridget Reilly Sign National Letters of Intent for Swimming

At the state level, the Bronco girls proved once again that Bronxville is the fastest square mile in the state. In March, the 4x800m relay team, Courtney Campbell, Kaitlin Ryan, and Hilary and Meredith Rizzo, won the state and federation championships for the second time in Bronxville history. In June, this same relay team won the Division 2 state championship, and Meredith Rizzo won an individual state championship in the 1500m. In the fall, the girls' cross country team, Emilie Hoffer, Courtney Campbell, Morgan Nobles, Argentina Chrappa, Delia Hayes, Hilary Rizzo, and Kaitlin Ryan, won a sixth straight Class C state championship. Emilie Hoffer and Courtney Campbell became the first five-time state cross country champions in New York State history.

A Weekend of State and National Titles for Bronxville Athletes

Emilie Hoffer and Courtney Campbell, First Five-Time State Cross Country Champions in New York State History

The Bronco boys' lacrosse team cruised to the state semifinals after easily winning both the sectional and regional titles. The Broncos played tough in the state semifinal game against Long Island's powerhouse Shoreham-Wading River, defeating the Wildcats in overtime, and making it to the state finals for the first time in Bronco history. The team lost its bid for a state title in a tough battle against Western New York's Cazenovia.

Bronxville Boys' Lacrosse Team Defeats Shoreham-Wading River in Overtime: Next Stop--State Finals

The success of the Bronxville boys' lacrosse team has been mirrored in the college recruitment process. Twelve Bronxville lacrosse players from the 2013 boys' team are either playing or have committed to play at top colleges, including Johns Hopkins, Brown, and Yale. A total of 17 athletes from the Class of 2013 are currently competing at the college level.

Class of 2013 Bronco Athletes Compete at the College Level

In 2013, the fans enjoyed new bleachers, a new press box, and a new concession stand at Chambers Field. Unfortunately, problems with the sewer line prevented the restrooms from opening, but hopefully by spring that blockage will be resolved. There has been much written about the possibility of installing lights on Chambers Field, but in 2013, there was no resolution. Upgrades at Chambers Field were followed by upgrades to the baseball field at Lower Scout Field. A very successful fundraiser made it possible to sod the infield, add a new sprinkler system, and build dugouts. A new scoreboard will be put up in the spring. Private donations have funded all the upgrades to the athletic facilities.

Construction Begins on Phase II of Turf Project

Bronxville Baseball's New Field of Dreams: Lower Scout Field

Year after year, the small community of Bronxville continues to show excellence in athletics.

Go Broncos. 

Pictured here: 2013 upgrades to Chambers Field included a new press box. 

Photo by S. Quinn DeJoy  

 
Bronxville Bronco Winter Sports--News and Notes PDF Print Email

Jan. 15, 2014:  Bronco winter sports are in full swing after a two-week holiday vacation. See below for the latest updates.

Girls' Indoor Track and Field

At the Rockland Invitational held on January 8, 2014, the Bronco girls finished in second place out of 31 teams. Highlights of the meet are listed below.

Kaitlin Ryan, 1000m, 2nd place, 3:04.6

Hilary Rizzo, 600m, 1st place, 1:41.8

Courtney Campbell, 600m, 2nd place, 1:42.1

Emilie Hoffer, 1500m, 1st place, 4:46.1

4x800m relay

Delia Hayes, Laura Holland, Olivia Scotti, Argentina Chrappa
1st place, 10:04.3

4x200m relay

Margot Richards, Caroline DePaul, Grace Randall, Sophie Kohlhoff
2nd place, 1:52.8

4x400m relay

C. Campbell, H. Rizzo, K. Ryan, E. Hoffer
2nd place, 4:17.2

Boys' Indoor Track and Field

At the Rockland Invitational, the Bronco boys' team finished in 12th place out of 28 schools. John Flannery finished first in the 3200m with a time of 9:34.70 and third in the 1000m with a time of 2:38.40. Nick Sutherland was fifth in the 300m with a time of 38.0.

The teams head to the league championships next Sunday, January 19.

Basketball

The boys' basketball team has won four out of the last five games, including a 74-31 win over Tuckahoe. The team's record is 4-6. The boys are midway through the season and will face league opponents Dobbs Ferry, Tuckahoe, Irvington, and Hastings before the season ends.

The Bronco girls' team (3-5) started off the season with a win at Bronxville's Bill Green Tournament, defeating Tuckahoe 32-19 and Keio 38-17. Top scorers for the Broncos are senior Claire Sargent and freshman Ellie Walsh.

Skiing

For many years, the Bronxville ski team allowed skiers from Eastchester, Yonkers, and New Rochelle to train with the Bronxville team and compete as individuals. This year, the Bronxville team has merged with New Rochelle, and the 31-member team includes six New Rochelle racers. The Bronxville/New Rochelle team defeated Ardsley in the opening meet of the season held last week at Tuxedo Ridge. The next meet will take place on January 21, weather permitting. 

Squash

The Bronxville varsity squash team is in its second year, and the number of participants is bigger than ever. The varsity and junior varsity teams include 25 students, and the middle school has six teams. The varsity teams play every Wednesday evening at Chelsea Piers in Stamford. The middle school teams will head to the national squash championships, which will be held January 31 to February 2, and the high school teams will compete at nationals February 7 to 9. 

Ice Hockey

The Eastchester/Tuckahoe/Bronxville ice hockey team has a record of 3-5 so far this season. The merged team includes twelve Bronxville students, five students from Eastchester, and two from Tuckahoe. Top scorers for the Eagles are Bronxville seniors Chris Hagen (24), Will Hutchinson (10), and Henry Lilly (10).

Boys' Swimming

The seven members of the boys' swim and dive team merged with New Rochelle this year to form the New Rochelle/Bronxville swim and dive team. For many years prior to this, Bronco swimmers were able to train with other schools, but they always competed as individuals. The team practices and competes at New Rochelle High School's pool. 

Go Broncos.

Pictured here:  Girls' basketball, Broncos vs. Edgemont.

Photo by J. Murrer

 
Bronxville Varsity Football Captain Matthias Ribka Wins Phil Kuczma Award PDF Print Email

Jan. 8, 2014:  At a recent year-end Bronxville football dinner, senior captain Matthias Ribka was awarded the Phil Kuczma Award, named in honor of the esteemed Bronxville varsity football defensive coordinator Phil Kuczma. Ribka was a three-year, two-way starter on the varsity football team. As a freshman, he was a member of the 2010 Section One, Class C State Championship team.

This award is named in honor of the beloved and revered varsity assistant football coach Phil Kuczma, who has been a Bronxville varsity football assistant coach for over 35 years. He coached with Vito Priore from 1974 to 1986 and with Bill Magner from 1987 to 1997 and again from 2003 to 2005, and he has coached with Jeff Napolitano since 2006. Coach Kuczma was the Bronxville varsity baseball head coach from 1973 to 1997.

Kuczma taught science in Bronxville at the high school and middle school for 24 years before retiring from teaching in 1998. After his retirement, he taught science as a leave replacement and substitute teacher at Bronxville, Putnam Valley, and North Salem High Schools. In 2003, he returned to the Bronco football team as the defensive coordinator.

The Phil Kuczma Award was initiated after the 2012 season by a Bronco football parent and the Bronxville Athletic Council to honor the much-admired coach and teacher. This award is given to the Bronxville player who best embodies the Bronxville football motto, "Pride, Sacrifice, Desire," both on and off the football field. To be considered a candidate for this award, the player must demonstrate humility, selflessness, and sensitivity, in addition to a strong defensive presence in game situations.

Ribka is the second Bronco football player to receive this esteemed award for his achievements on and off the field. Ribka has received All-League honorable mention twice and All-League distinction once for football. He is also a four-year member of the varsity track team, he performs with the a cappella group SHA!cappella, and he will perform in the upcoming Bronxville High School musical, Crazy for You. The first recipient of this award was 2013 graduate Luke Marrone, who currently attends Brown University, where he recently finished his freshman football season with the Bears.

After winning the Phil Kuczma Award on December 8, Matthias stated, "I am honored to receive this award from a coach I highly respect, who is very dear to me, and who I have known for many years. The traits that the award celebrates are traits that are of utmost importance to me, and I feel honored to be recognized for these qualities. I couldn't think of a better way to end my high school football career."

Pictured here:  Coach Phil Kuczma and Bronxville School senior Matthias Ribka.

Photo courtesy Jane Elizabeth Ircha  

 
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