BRONX, N.Y. – Lou Schlanger, a Yorktown Heights resident for more than two decades, recently coached the South Bronx Boys’ Physical Fitness team to its 10th national championship in 23 years. The team, composed of high school students from the Mott Haven Campus, took the top spot at the National High School Physical Fitness Championship, held at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa.
Following the victory, Schlanger’s team was honored at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, June 12, prior to a game against the visiting Washington Nationals.
Sixteen high school teams throughout the country competed at the annual fitness competition. The athletes are judged on five events: sit-ups (100 in two minutes), push-ups (60 in two minutes), pull-ups (30 in two minutes), standing broad jump (9 feet, 2 inches) and a 300-yard shuttle run.
One hundred points are up for grabs each round. Each team has six competitors but, like gymnastics, the lowest score is dropped each round, giving each team the possibility of scoring a maximum of 2,500 points.
Team members are Brahyan Cabral, Nomar Diaz, Prince Owusu, Dominick Rosa, Adrian Rosario Beato and Christopher Solano. Solano was also the third-highest individual national scorer while Diaz placed second with respective scores of 462 and 469 out of a possible 500 points each.
The team was led by Schlanger, the head coach, and assistant coaches Cairon Charles and Jason Ventura.