Boys Cross Country Bronx Borough Champs!
The Nor’easter was the only thing that proved capable of slowing down the Wolverines XC team the weekend of October 27, 2018. Due to inclement weather concerns, the Borough Championships at Van Cortlandt Park were pushed back to Tuesday. With weather in the 50s and a northwest wind behind their backs, the varsity 7 handily took home the Bronx Borough crown.
Leading the way was Sawyer Cooper (17:06) who came in second place in the Borough (6th overall in NYC, personal PR). Fellow junior, Nate Lentz (17:24) followed up in fourth place overall (12th overall in NYC, season PR). Ben Wade (17:37.19, season PR) and Lucas Koenig (17:37.58, personal PR) also cracked the city’s top-20. Rounding out the scoring was Max Jaffe (17:50) to give the Wolverines the borough title. Also breaking the 18:00 mark was Itamar Pres who finished with a time of 17:58 giving Bronx Science their 6th runner under the 18:00, joining Susan Wagner, the heavy favorites to win the PSAL crown as the only two programs with six runners under 18:00.
With their outstanding performance, the team has now positioned itself for a run at the title next weekend at the PSAL City Championships. Though there remains work to be done and an uphill battle, what appeared to be a comfortable cushion in the standings for the Falcons of Susan Wagner just three weeks ago has now shrunk. With both teams now each boasting five members of the city’s top-21, it will come down to who wants it more on Championship weekend. The Wolverines appear to be peaking at just the right time as they head into the Championship race looking to take down the defending champs, Susan Wagner, and preseason favorites, Brooklyn Tech.
Not to be forgotten in the success of the varsity team is the incredible performance of the JV team. Gordon Burrell beat a runner from American Studies by two tenths to win the junior varsity race completing the course in an outstanding time of 18:49. While the Wolverines conceded the second finishing spot to American Studies, they crossed the next seven runners as a demonstration of its dominance over the borough. Rounding out the JV scoring was Cameron Nejat (19:12), Daniel Dultsin (19:16.66), Kevin Chan (19:16.98), and Sean Kerrigan (19:17). By the conclusion of the race, a total of eleven Wolverines broke the 20:00 mark. Five of those eleven were freshmen, a loud and clear message to the rest of the city that the Wolverines will be forced to be reckoned with for years to come.