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High School Report

by Ryan Woerner

December 19, 2003 - This weekend's highly anticipated CHSAA Relay Carnival provided some great results from some familiar Staten Island harriers. The big story was freshman Lionel Williams' opening leg of the varsity 4x800 meter relay in which he posted a 2:01, putting St.Peters in first at the early baton exchange, taking a surprising lead over defending Millrose champ Fordham Prep and runner up Chaminade. Second leg Jonathon Perina went out aggressive the second he received the baton keeping St. Peters in the top three into the second baton passing with a 2:05 post. Farrell "A" was up in the top ten, but struggled due to the competing of top runners Rob Breen, Vito Cannavo, and Jeff Carbonella in other events. However, Peter's 3rd and 4th legs took them out of medal contention despite a good effort. Other positives of the day included Farrell's 3rd place in the Distance Medley Relay highlighted by Vito Cannavo's good 1200 in the first leg and Robert Breen's solid mile in the anchor position. Brian Duggan's solid 12'6 performance in the Varsity Pole Vault was good enough for a silver medal and Farrell's high jump team of Hanson and Sherman tied Chaminade for first place honors with an 11-flat combined height. In the final event of a long day, the famous "16 lap" 3200 meter run, Farrell showed once again they own the distance, fielding 2nd(Dan Brown-10:21), 3rd(John Cassidy-10:24), and 5th(Dan Lewis-10:29). Kudos to St. Joseph by the Sea's Colin Sexton for placing 5th in the Frosh Mile run and earning his first, but definitely not last, medal of the long indoor season. All in all, an impressive day for those maniacs from Staten Island, with some great early season times and countless medals won.

As the Christmas break approaches, I would like to wish everyone from the Staten Island running community a very Merry Christmas. The second article will appear the weekend before X-Mas, with happenings from the high school scene after the Loughlin Games, Fordham Development meet, and NYCHSAA Weight Division Champs.

Keep turnin' 'em over-