CROSS RIVER, N.Y.— John Jay’s boys track and field squad had a record breaking day at the Section 1 Class B championships on May 25 as Bryan Ivey broke his own school record in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 54.45 seconds to place first.
“I wanted to defend my title and more importantly score points for the team,” Ivey said. “I knew I had a good race in terms of hurdle form but it didn’t feel fast. I eased up over the last hurdle to save energy for the 4x400. I got the school record sophomore year so lowering it isn’t that big of a deal but it’s always fun making it harder for the next person to break.”
The following week, Ivey broke his school record again with a 53.75 at the state qualifying meet to place first and qualify for states. States take place on June 8-9 at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
At sectionals, Ivey, Brandon Carroll, Zach Kells and Jack Buckley, all seniors, broke their own school record in the 4x400-meter relay with a mark of 3.28.38, good enough for third place.
“Our head coach (Tom Nohilly) puts emphasis on the 4x400, so running a fast one is always fun,” Ivey said. “Since it is always the last event it’s the last thing people tend to remember and your last chance to make an impression. Our goal was to break 3:30 and to compete. We crushed 3:30 but unfortunately I wasn’t able to close the gap on first but as a team it was really exciting and fun. Running the 3:28 meant that everyone had their best days and were willing to step up to the challenge. Since the team was all seniors it was some of the team’s last races in the John Jay jersey and I couldn’t be happier to share that race with them. I know as a relay team we are extremely proud of that race.”
The 4x100 relay of Ivey, Tommy Megna, Robert Thompson and Jaelen Ferrebee also placed third (45.36) with John Jay’s 4x800 relay of Alex Kuehl, Colin Morefield, Mills Reed and Ed Soriano finishing fourth (8:43.62).
Other top 10 finishes for John Jay’s boys squad, which placed fourth as a team, were James Lucassen (7th, 1,500-meter run, 5:48.86), Carroll (7th, 1,600, 4:43.40), Morefield (9th, 1,600, 4:46.07), Soriano (9th, 3,200, 10.24.41), Lucassen (10th, 110-meter hurdles, 18.35), Carroll (4th, 3,000-meter steeplechase, 10.31), Orion Cummings (9th, high jump, 5-08 feet), and Lucassen (3rd, pentathlon, 2,350 points).
The girls also placed fourth and were led by Libby Gressin, who won the triple jump with a 37-08. She was also fourth in the long jump (15-11).
Jay had three top 10 relay finishes, led by its 4x800 of Lauren Pollak, Morgan Johnson, Clodagh McGroary, and Pippa Nuttall (third, 10:09.14), followed by the 4x100 which consisted of Gressin, Kiera Tucker, Sara Robinowitz, and Kitanya Brown (7th, 52.52) and the 4x400 of Kendall Degenhardt, Abigail Scinicariello, Caroline Kelly and Brown (8th, 4:21.39).
Jordan Sandell (5th triple jump, 33-11), Brown (2nd, 200, 26.61), Pollak (7th, 800, 2:29.05), Nuttall (6th, 1,500, 4:56.13), Johnson (9th, 1,500, 5:09.54), McGroary (7th, 3,000, 11:55.63), Kelsey Crawford (2nd, 2,000 steeplechase, 7:21.70), Johnson (3rd, 2,000-steeple chase, 7:22.50), and Sandell (6th, long jump, 15-03.50) all stood out.
Also performing well at the state qualifiers was Gressin, who was second in the triple jump (37-8).