The Flatbush Boys and Girls Track teams got the 2018 Spring season underway on Sunday afternoon (4/22), and the teams picked up where they left off, with the Girls taking home the top spot and the Boys finishing in second at the Red Hook Track Complex in Brooklyn, NY.
The teams have been training for the past few weeks, using the High School gyms and occasionally getting outside in the small track of a nearby schoolyard. But, this would be the first time for the team on a full-length 400m oval since the MYHSAL Championship finals last May. The boys came out in small numbers for the initial meet, but those wearing the Falcon colors compiled a large number of points.
Keying the attack for the Falcon Boys was the performance of Junior speedster Perry Sanders. Sanders competed in the 100m, the 200m and the Long Jump, and he finished first in each event! Each time, he beat out a different TABC runner. In the 100m, his time of 11.83 was nearly 3 tenths of a second ahead of the next finisher; his 200m time of 25.36 seconds was more than a full second ahead of the second place finisher; his winning jump of 16’7″ was just shy of two feet beyond the next best jumper. It was a banner start to the season for Sanders. Flatbush’s Teddy Lozieh was the team’s next best finisher in each of those events, placing 6th in the 100m, 5th in the 200m and 10th in the Long Jump.
The Boys also showed well in the distance events. Freshman Joey Alhadeff placed first in the 800m, with a time of 2:56.6, a mere 8 tenths of a second ahead of TABC’s second place finisher. Alhadeff also ran the 1600m (the metric mile), where his time of 5:46.4 was good enough for third place (5.5 seconds off the lead, and just over one second out of second place). Teammate Josh Gorbatov finished in 7th place. Gorbatov doubled in the 3200m, where he finished in 6th place, scoring for the Falcons.
The boys added more points to their team total with second place finishes in the 4x100m and 4x200m relays. They also received scoring points from Lozieh’s and Gorbatov’s efforts in the Shot Put, where they placed 3rd and 4th. The team total earned them second place over all, behind the powerful TABC Storm squad.
As well as the Boys ran, the Girls performance was one place better – First overall!
The shorter distances saw the Falcons amass points through having a large number of runners on the squad, with rookie runners Kaden Harari, Rachel Skaba, Racehl Tbeile and Barbara Dayan turning in quality performances. Dayan had the best finish of the group, taking 3rd Place in the 400m, with a time of 1:26.5 (3.2 seconds out of second place, and 11 seconds behind MDY’s paula Antar). Harari, Skaba and Tbeile were 4th, 5th and 6th in the 400m. Harari, Tbeile and Skaba finished 4th, 5th and 6th respectively in the 200m; in the 100m, Skaba finished 4th, while Tbeile and Harari finished in 6th and 7th place.
The distance races is where the Falcons shined. Ace runner Sarit Alkadaa was a running machine. She swept the distance races, winning the 800m in a time of 3:15.1 (a little over two second ahead of Kushner’s second place finisher); winning the 1600m in a time of 7:16.8, well ahead of a different Cobra runner in second place; winning the 3200m in a time of 16:49.4 (she ran unopposed). Flatbush’s Bella Feldman picked up points for the Falcons with a 3rd Place finish in the 1600m with a time of 8:42.5.
Barbara Dayan came back for the Long Jump, and her leap of 11’4″ gave Flatbush a 2nd place finish in the event, 11″ behind the winner from SAR. Flatbush’s Kaden Harari, Rachel Skaba and Mazal Zibak took 4th, 5th and 6th Place. Mary Jajati won the Shot Put with a toss of 14’3″. Her teammate Danielle Duchan finished in second place. the relays saw Flatbush put out two teams, with the Falcons finishing in 2nd and 3rd in both the 4x100m and the 4x200m.
NEST NOTES: The teams will be back in action on Sunday, 4/29, when they return to the Red Hook Track for the second MYHSAL meet of the season. Start time is 10:00 am.