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Falcons Shine at MYHSAL Track Championships

Falcons Shine at MYHSAL Track Championships
Posted on 05/30/2019
Falcons Shine at MYHSAL Track Championships

The Flatbush Girls and Boys Track & Field Teams dominated the sprint events at the 3rd MYHSAL Track & Field Championships on Thursday night (5/30), with Falcons taking the top spots in both the boys and girls 55m dash and the Long Jump, and that – along with top finishes for the girls in the Shot Put – secured a 3rd consecutive MYHSAL Championship for the Flatbush Girls at the Armory Track in the Fort Washington neighborhood of New York City.

 Team Champions

Weather proved to be a major factor all season long for the Flatbush boys and girls, as well as the entire League, forcing the cancellation of a record number of Spring Season meets and the relocation of the final pair of team contests to the Armory Track. Though it forced the move indoors to the traditional winter season site, it provided a great opportunity to the League’s runners in introducing the runners, jumpers and throwers to the nation’s premier indoor training and competition facility. Billed as “the Fastest Track in the World,” the Flatbush sprinters took full advantage of its inherent speed.

 Perry Sanders 55m finishers

Though a short-staffed boys team competed without a handful of its Senior runners (who were unable to make it back to the rescheduled meet due to conflict with the conclusion of the Senior Class trip), one Senior made the gargantuan effort to return from the Baltimore area on his own in order to Captain the team and compete one final time as a Flatbush Falcon. Perry Sanders took full advantage of the opportunity, scoring 27 of the boys’ teams 30 total points at the meet. Securing the title of “fastest boys in the Yeshiva League,” Sanders took the 55m dash for the second Armory meet in a row, and doubled up with a record-setting win in the boys Long Jump in his final event, leaping a whopping 17’9”! Only a slight falter in the 200m – which he placed second overall – kept him from sweeping his three individual events. David Guy placed 5th in the 55m and 200m events to provide the Falcons with 2 of the other 3 points (his 6th place finish in the Long Jump left him one place short of scoring another point for the falcons), placing Flatbush 4th overall in team scoring.

 David Guy

Though they did not score, Flatbush’s boys had quality performances from the following runners: Joey Alhadeff placed 7th in the 800m and 8th in the 1600m, David Shalam and Bunny Sutton finished 13th and 16th respectively in the 400m, and Ari Weingarten and Josh Gorbatov represented the Falcons in the 3200m.

 Joey Alhadeff David Shalam

Though the girls were also missing key members due to the Senior Trip, including the Falcons career scoring leader in distance runner Sarit Alkadaa, the underclassmen more than picked up the slack. From start to finish, the Falcons proved that there is strength in numbers. There is also strength in turning in top finishes. Maintaining dominance in the sprint events, Flatbush owned the 55m, with Rachel Scaba taking 1st Place and Esther Mizrachi finishing close behind in 3rd Place, while Stella Lessler finished .06 seconds out of the scoring in securing 6th place. Scaba followed that performance with a 4th place finish in the 200m (teammates Esther Benjamin and Lynn Pichotto placed 7th and 9th respectively). The 400m proved to be another pig scoring event for the Falcons. Though SAR won the event, Flatbush’s Alyssa Shaaya and Esther Benjamin finished 2nd and 3rd, generating more total team points from the event (12 points to just 10 for SAR), while Ginger Beyda had a good showing with a 9th place finish. Rebecca Dweck earned a point for the Falcons with her 5th place finish in the 800m, one spot ahead of Beyda. In the 1600m, Flatbush’s Sophie Manopla ran well, but finished in 6th place, just out of the scoring.

 Lessler and Melamed Barbara Dweck
Alyssa Shaaya

The field events saw huge performances from the female Falcons. In the Long jump, Jessica Saadia soared beyond all her competitors, winning with a jump of 13’1.75” (the extra ¾ of an inch proved the difference between a 1st and a 2nd place finish). Teammates Esther Benjamin and Stella Lessler placed 3rd and 6th overall. The Shot Put provided the best overall event finish for Flatbush all night. Victoria Angel and Flora Mamiye went 1-2 in the competition, with Angel’s toss of 21’8” surpassing Mamiye’s throw by a mere 2 inches! Jessica Saadia surprised all by putting the shot 19’3”, beating out teammate Esther Benjamin by 2 inches for 5th place.

 Jessica Saadia Victoria Angel

The Falcon girls dominated the night, and in so doing secured the team’s 3rd consecutive MYHSAL Championship! The performances of the Flatbush runners, jumpers and throwers left their coach in awe of their achievements. Head Coach Lorelei Black was overcome with emotion at the event’s end. “I am just so proud of our track athletes! This venue is one of my all-time favorites, and to see our boys and girls perform so well here was just amazing! It is so unfortunate that the rescheduling of the meet meant many of our Senior team members could not be here, but those who could really shined. Perry [Sanders] showed in his actions and his performance what it means to be a team captain. And, the way every one of the girls’ runners pushed each other was just wonderful.” Coach Black finished her take on the victorious night beaming with great appreciation for her student-athletes, “I am just so proud of each and every one of our Falcons. They truly are joys to coach!”

NEST NOTES: Complete results from the MYHSAL Championship meet can be seen here: https://results.armorytrack.com/meets/3711/events/144133/results

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