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Broncos Take Three Firsts at NYS Track and Field Championships: Cain Breaks Own State Record in the 1500m PDF Print Email


June 15, 2011: When Mary Cain lined up at the start of the 1500m at the state meet, she knew there were many gifted runners by her side. Aisling Cuffe, a Stanford-bound runner from Cornwall, was on her right, and three other fantastic runners were lined up next to Cuffe: Courtney Chapman from Fayetteville-Manlius, Kelsey Margey from Harborfield, and Samantha Nadel from North Shore.  All five girls had great times in the 1500m this spring, but Cain owned the state record with a time of 4:23.1.

Cain knew she had to get out in front early and took the lead right from the beginning.  The five runners stayed close for most of the race, but at the start of the final lap, Cain and Cuffe stepped up the pace. Cain managed to stay out in front, finishing the last lap in 63.5 seconds to beat Cuffe by two seconds,

Cain's time of 4:17.84 set a national freshman record and is the seventh fastest time ever in the nation.

"The thing that made it exciting was the sheer speed of the race," said Cain's father, Charles.  "Anyone could have won that race.  They are all really that good.  After the final turn when they started down the straightaway, it was clear that they were going to break the state record, and the crowd went wild."

Three of the runners broke the New York State record, Cain, Cuffe, and Chapman.  All five girls in this New York State Championship race are now ranked as the top five 1500m runners in the nation.

Cain has had a phenomenal spring season and is ranked first in the state in the 800m (2:06.44) and the 1500m.  She is ranked 3rd in the state in the 3000m and 7th in the 400m.

It was a great state meet for many Broncos.  In Division 2 (small schools), senior Henry Palermo won the shot put championship with a throw of 53'2.25", a new personal best by 8.5."  He finished in 2nd place overall in a field that included public and private schools of all sizes.

The Bronxville girls' 4x800m relay (Meredith Rizzo, Emilie Hoffer, Courtney Campbell, and Cain) also won the state championship in Division 2 and took 3rd place overall with a time of 9:06.48.  The girls' relay team is currently ranked 2nd in New York and 3rd in the nation.  The Bronco girls have been a force in the 4x800m relay for a long time:  This is the 18th state championship for the 4x800m relay team since 1980.

Other Division 2 state finishes include:

Meredith Rizzo, 800m, 3rd
Ana Timoney, 100m hurdles, 16th
Claire Sargent, shot put, 15th
4x800m relay, Greg Sargent, Tyler Grantham, John Flannery, D. Flannery, 4th

Chris Behrens, 110 high hurdles, 17th
4x100m relay, Luke Marrone, Warren Kraemer, Thomas Hudson, Behrens, 12th
Dayton Flannery, steeplechase, 7th

Go Broncos!

Pictured here: Mary Cain, front; and (l to r) boys' assistant track coach, James Salerno; Henry Palermo; and boys' head coach, Ed Stickles.

Photo by Mary Taylor Behrens

Bronco Boys' Lacrosse Team Falls to Bayport-Blue Point in State Semifinals: Team Finishes the Season as League, Sectional, and Regional Champs PDF Print Email


June 15, 2011:  The Bronxville boys' lacrosse team's run for a state championship came to an end on Thursday night when they suffered a disappointing 9-8 loss to Long Island's Bayport-Blue Point.  The team finished the season with a 21-2 record, the best in Bronxville history.

The semifinal matchup at White Plains High School was scheduled to start at 8:00 pm, but due to the oppressive heat, the game was delayed by more than an hour.  The Bronco fans were not deterred by the late start or the heat and came out in droves to cheer on the team.

The Phantoms were the first to score and held on to a 2-1 lead through the first quarter.  At the start of the second quarter, Jack Near came out and tied the game, but the Phantoms answered back quickly to go ahead 3-2.  Bronxville's Will Duncan, with an assist from Henry Grass, tied the game 3-3.

The game remained tied for more than five minutes with great defensive performance on both sides.  It was the Grass brothers, Henry to Jack, who put the Broncos ahead 4-3.  Bronxville started gaining momentum, and with less than two minutes left, Duncan scored with an assist from Charlie McCormick, and Brewster Warble scored on a direct shot to give the Broncos a 6-3 halftime lead.

Although the Phantoms came out and scored back-to-back goals in the third, the Broncos held on to the lead with goals from J. Grass and McCormick and were winning 8-5 at the end of the third quarter.

A fourth quarter rally by the Phantoms had the Bronco fans holding their breath.  Bayport-Blue Point scored three goals in three minutes to tie the game 8-8, and with 3:44 left, the Phantoms pulled ahead.  In the final minute and a half, Bronxville had several chances to score but came up short.

It was a disappointing loss for the Broncos, but their overall accomplishments this season surpass those of any previous Bronxville boys' lacrosse team.

"This year was a historic year on many levels," said Coach Tim Horgan.  "We not only made it to our first sectional final, but we won it.  We went on to win a state regional title, before falling in the state semifinals by one goal.  We had two All-Americans this year, a first for the team, an Academic All-American, and two scholar athletes.  This group was a special group who will leave an outstanding legacy for the younger boys in trying to reach and exceed all that they have accomplished."

Go Broncos!

Pictured here:  The Bronxville boys' lacrosse team.



Bronco Boys' Lacrosse Team Wins Regional Game; Will Play State Semifinal Tonight at 8 PM at White Plains High School PDF Print Email


June 8, 2011:  The Bronxville boys' lacrosse team continued its rally in the post-season defeating Glens Falls 12-8 in the regional final and will play in the state semifinal game today at 8 pm at White Plains High School against Long Island's Bayport/Blue Point.

In the regional final game against Glens Falls, the Broncos had a 5-1 lead, but the Indians narrowed the gap to 6-5 in the second quarter, creating some tense moments for the Broncos and their fans.

"We came out flat," said sophomore goalie Eric Pass.  " We shouldn't have let them play with us that closely.  Towards the second half we woke up and realized what was at stake.  We came out and scored two goals right away."  Charlie McCormick, who has been a goal-scoring force for the team during the playoffs, scored those two goals, giving the Broncos an 8-5 lead at halftime.

The Broncos had a 10-7 lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but they were having difficulty shutting down Glens Falls midfielder number 8, Paul Bennett.

"On defense we couldn't stop number 8," said Bronco defenseman Billy Casperson.  "He was taking his man right to the net and beating us.  As soon as we went to a zone defense, we were able to shut him down."

The Broncos persevered and won the game, sending the team to the state semifinals for the first time in the school's history.  The seniors on this team were the first group of fourth graders to enter the Bronxville Youth Lacrosse Program (BYLA) and have played together ever since.

All-Section 1 honored Coach Tim Horgan this week in two categories.  He was named Coach of Year for Class C as well as U.S. Lacrosse Coach of Year.

Long Island teams are known to be tough competitors.  In the last four years, Long Island teams have won the Class C New York State Championship.  The Broncos will play Long Island's Bayport/Blue Point in the state semifinal at White Plains High School, whose field they have played on during the regular season.

"Playing in White Plains is like home turf for us," said Pass.  "We don't want to lose there.  We are hoping to have a big fan base since the game is so close to home."

Go Broncos!

Pictured here:  Bronxville boys' lacrosse team.

Photo by  Liza Near

Bronxville Track and Field Teams To Send 16 Competitors to States: State Meet on June 10 and 11 PDF Print Email


June 8, 2011:  The Bronxville boys' and girls' track teams have been a driving force the whole season, winning league, county, and sectional championships and setting new school and state records, so it probably doesn't surprise anyone that they continued their success at the state-qualifier meet last week.

At the end of the two-day competition, nine boys and seven girls on the Bronxville teams qualifed for the state meet, including two sets of siblings.  Junior Dayton Flannery is returning to the state championship meet for the third time in the steeplechase, but this will be the first time for younger brother John.  The Flannery brothers will team up in the 4x800m relay.  Freshman Claire Sargent and her older brother, senior Greg, have also both qualified for states.  Claire will compete in the shot put after placing first at the state qualifier with a personal best distance of 32'2.5", and Greg will join the Flannery brothers and junior Tyler Grantham in the 4x800m relay.

"I'm really proud of them--and really proud of the athletic programs and the quality of coaching available at our small school," said father and Bronxville alum Mike Sargent.  "It's wonderful to see so many of our kids competing at a state level."

At the state qualifiers, Bronxville competes against small schools in Division 2, but three Bronco athletes were top contenders in both Division 1 (large schools) and Division 2.

Senior Henry Palermo had a personal best throw of 52'25" in the shot put, placing him first overall.  He now has the third best throw in Bronxville history behind Durham Lawsche, who set the record in 1950 with a throw of 57'5.25" and Russell Schuh, who launched the shot put 53'2" in 1946.  This is the third year Palermo has qualified for states during the spring track and field season.

Mary Cain, who holds the Section 1 record in the 400m, 800m, 1500m, and 3000m, easily won the 1500m with a time of 4:37.04.  Cain has been breaking records the whole season and has been named the #1 high school runner in the U.S.  She will be up against some good competition at states and could show her fastest time of the season.

The girls' 4x800m relay, Cain, Meredith Rizzo, Courtney Campbell, and Emilie Hoffer, ran the race in 9:12, a time that easily put them in first place overall.  This talented relay team ran 8:59 at Warwick Fast Times last week, ranking them the #1 team in New York and #2 in the U.S.

The boys' team is loaded with talent this spring season and had three individuals and two relay teams qualify for the state meet based on their first-place finish in Division 2.

"This looks like the most boys we have ever qualified for one state championship," said Coach Ed Stickles.

Dayton Flannery qualified in the 3000m steeplechase with a personal best time of 9:47.06, setting a new school record in that event.  Junior Chris Behrens will be going to states for the first time after qualifying for the 100m hurdles.  Behrens ran a 16.69, beating out Taj Anderson from Woodland by 14 hundredths of a second.

Behrens also anchored the 4x100m relay team.  Behrens and his teammates, sophomore Luke Marrone, sophomore Warren Kraemer, and junior Thomas Hudson, won the Division 2 title with a personal best time of 45.14.

Freshman Ana Timoney and sophomore Meredith Rizzo will also head to states.  Timoney came in first in Division 2 in the 100m hurdles (17.03), and Rizzo, who finished in second place in the 800m, had a state-qualifying time of 2:16.5.

Sixteen Broncos will board the bus for Caledonia-Mumford High School near Rochester, New York, this Thursday and Friday.  Stay tuned to the Bronco scoreboard for results.

For results of the Section I Class C Championships, click on this link:  BroncoSportsBlog.

Go Broncos!

Pictured here:  (l to r) Members of the 4x100m relay:  Thomas Hudson, Luke Marrone, Warren Kraemer, and Chris Behrens.

Photo by Jim Hudson

Alina Atayan and Taylor Reynolds Play in National Lacrosse Tournament on Hudson Valley Team PDF Print Email


June 8, 2011:  The 78th annual U.S. Lacrosse Women's Division National Tournament was held on May 28 and 29 on the campus of Stony Brook University on Long Island.

There were 60 girls' lacrosse teams representing various regions of the United States.  The Hudson Valley team is composed of players from schools in Rockland, Westchester, and Putnam Counties.  This year, two players from Bronxville's league-champion girls' lacrosse team were selected for the Hudson Valley team.

They were junior Taylor Reynolds, playing attack, and sophomore Alina Atayan, playing defense.  The players are selected for each team by a panel of coaches in their region after a series of competitive evaluations.

The Hudson Valley girls fared well in the tournament, reaching the finals of the Oneida division and losing 8-7 in the last seconds to Baltimore Metro.

Hudson Valley defeated South Florida, DC Metro, and Maryland Eastern Shore to reach the finals.

Picture here:  The Hudson Valley women's lacrosse team.  Alina Atayan is first row left and Taylor Reynolds is third row left.

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