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Track Hits the Ground Running in 2019

Track Hits the Ground Running in 2019
Posted on 04/07/2019
Track Hits the Ground Running in 2019

The Flatbush Varsity Girls and Boys Track Teams got the Spring 2019 season underway with meets on back-to-back Sundays (3/31 & 4/7), and a number of Falcons showed much promise with strong finishes in multiple events first at Kaiser Park in Coney Island on the last Sunday in March and then at Boverini Stadium in Passaic, NJ on the first Sunday in April.

 Track turns the corner

The season-opening meet was met with great anticipation, but featured terrible weather for any outdoor athletic event, let alone a track meet. Nevertheless, Flatbush’s runners – along with those from SAR, TABC, DRS, Kushner and the IDEA School – braved the falling rain and the strong headwinds at Kaiser Park to get the 2019 season underway. The weather impacted the meet significantly, though, as the meet officials cancelled all field events as well as the long distance race and the relays. That left the sprints and middle distances, which did come off, providing early benchmarks for a number of Falcon runners.

 Track @ Kaiser Park

On the boys’ side, Joshua Cohen scored for the Falcons with a 6th place finish in the 100m (he turned in a time of 14.63; SAR placed 1st with a time of 13.46) while Josh Gorbatov also scored a 6th place finish in the 1600m (he ran a 6:52.7 metric mile; 1st place time was 5:48.03). Gorbatov also placed 8th overall in the 800m.Cohen, along with Tyler Davidovich and Ben Helwa, represented Flatbush in the 200m, but they did place high enough to score for the Falcons.

 On your marks . . .

On the girls’ side, the biggest surprise came at the 400m distance, where rookie runner Alyssa Shaya turned in the fastest time of the day, taking 1st place for the Falcons in a time of 1:22.9. Teammate Ginger Beyda finished 9th.

 Alyssa Shaya

Rebecca Dweck handled the middle distances for the Falcons, placing 2nd in the 1600m then returning in the final race of the day to finish 4th overall in the 800m. Flatbush got a 2nd and 3rd place finish from another rookie runner, Freshman Jessica Saadia. Saadia turned in a time of 18.1 in the 100m, good enough for second place (sandwiched between a pair of Kushner runners, a full second behind the winner and a mere .1 seconds ahead of the 3rd place finisher). Saadia followed that up with a time of 42.6 seconds in the 200m, which was good enough for 3rd place (trailing Kushner runners that finished 1-2).

 Jessica Saadia crosses the finish line

It was a good showing on a bad weather day.

A week later brought significantly better weather, and more competitors along with it, to the Passaic, NJ venue. Along with Flatbush, the boys’ field included TABC, Kushner, SAR, Heschel, Frisch and the IDEA School; the girls’ competition included Ma’ayanot, Kushner, Heschel, Frisch and the IDEA School.
There were more Falcons on the track for Head Coach Lorelei Black the second time around, though it was still not a full squad on hand for the Brooklyn-based team. Nevertheless, there were a number of quality performances turned in by Flatbush runners at the second MYHSAL meet of the season.

 Flatbush sprints

For the boys, Joshua Cohen repeated his 6th place finish in the 100m, then came back to finish 11th in the 200m. Tyler Davidovich placed 7th overall in the 400m. Josh Gorbatov and Marc Lessler finished 6th and 7th respectively in the 800m, with Gorbatov doubling in the 1600m, where he crossed the finish line in 8th place (cutting 4 seconds off his time of the previous week). Four Falcons competed in the Long Jump, with Cohen finishing in 11th place (Ari Weingarten also competed, along with Lessler and Davidovich). Davidovich was the lone shot putter for the Flatbush boys, and he finished 14th overall. Gorbatov came back for one final event, the 3200m, and though he placed 8th, he was clearly exhausted from his previous two events and crossed the line a little over two minutes off of scoring position.

 Josh Gorbatov

For the second meet in a row, the girls Falcons got a big lift from a rookie competitor. The weather prevented Freshman Victoria Angel from making her debut in Coney Island, but in her first meet – and with only two practices under her belt – Angel finished in 2nd place in the girls shot put. Her toss of 20’6” left her three inches behind the winner. Her teammate, Flora Maymie – also a first-time thrower, took 3rd place with a toss of 19’11”. Afterwards, Coach Black was effusive in her praise of her girls’ throwers. “What a great performance! I cannot wait to see what Victoria and Flora will be doing once they really improve their technique.”

Victoria Angel sets to throw Victoria Angel throws 

The biggest bright spot for the Falcons came in the 200m. That was where Flatbush swept the top two spots, as Kaden Harari and Rachel Skaba went 1-2, with Harari finishing in a winning time of 33.6 seconds, with Skaba only .4 of a second behind her. Rena Angel placed 6th overall in the event, and Rebecca Dweck was 14th. Skaba also scored in the 100m, taking 4th place in a time of 14.8 seconds (.6 seconds behind the 1st place finisher from Ma’ayanot). Harari crossed the line in 9th place, with Alyssa Shaya and Stephanie Tarrab finishing in 12th and 17th places respectively.

 Flatbush finishes 1-2

Flatbush had only one finisher at 400m, where Ginger Beyda crossed in 11th place. At the middle distances of 800m and 1600m, Flatbush’s Rebecca Dweck took 7th place in both events. In the one other field event, the Long Jump saw Harari and Skaba tie for 6th place with jumps of exactly 11’ (2 feet behind the top leap of 13’ turned in by Ma’ayanot). Tarrab took 9th place in the event.

 Rebecca Dweck competes Long Jump

Lastly, the Falcons finished the 4x100m relay in a time of 67.8 seconds, good enough for 3rd place overall, but a mere .5 seconds behind the winning SAR squad.

 Flatbush Girls Relays

With the team still competing without the benefit of a number of the top returning sprinters from last season (away on various Senior trips), it is an event Coach Black certainly anticipates significant improvement before the final meet of the season, the MYHSAL Championships!

Flatbush Track Team @ Bioverini Stadium

NEST NOTES: With two of the regular season Track meets now complete, there remain two more meets to the MYHSAL regular season before the League Championship meet slated for Sunday, May 19. By League guidelines, in order to qualify for the championship meet, a student-athlete must have competed in at least two of the regular season competitions.

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