Indoor Track team wins Section V Championship

Congratulations to the varsity indoor track team, who won the Section V Class A Championship title this past weekend.  Ryan Martin was dominant in his 3 events, winning the 600m and 1000m races.  Complete results from the meet can be found hereThere is also an article on the Democrat and Chronicle website that can be found here.  Scroll down below the photo for a recap from Coach Stew!

Section V Championships recap from Coach Todd Stewart:

“The 2020 Indoor Track and Field Knights claimed their fifteenth Section V title on Friday, February 21st.  The Class A field saw 18 schools vying for top honors at this years championships.  As the 16 events were tallied at the end of the night, McQuaid Jesuit (93.5 points) would sit with a comfortable gap over two-time defending champions Rush-Henrietta (59 points) and third place Penfield (50 points).  This is the knights fourth title in 8 years as rival R-H has claimed the other four in that span.

McQuaid relied heavily on its depth in multiple disciplines.  Ryan Martin (’20) would lead the charge with McQuaids only two victories of the night.  Martin won the 1,000 meter run in 2:35.3, came back on very short rest to claim the 600 meter title in 1:23.6.  Martin would also help the 4×800 squad (Connor Kerr (’21), Jude Aman (’21), Joe Scherer (’21)) to a runner-up finish.  Also in the distance races, the Knights experienced clutch running that started out with Max Chew (’20) seeded 8th in the 3200, would finish 3rd place overall to get the knights on the board early.  Again in the 1,000 where McQuaid had five runners entered, senior duo Danyon Hobbs (11th  seed) and Simon Minich (9th seed)worked together out of the slower section.  Hobbs set a blistering pace that Minich would feed off of and came home strong as the pair went 1 and 2 in the slow section.  When the fast heat concluded, Minich would find his efforts finished 4th place overall and adding a good chunk of points.  In the 1600,  Kerr  came in as the 5th seed and collectively picked off a handful of runners over the final three laps to claim the runner-up spot!  Also on the track, the collective army of young sprinters would find themselves playing key roles in the relays.  With the relays coming at the end of the night, McQuaid stood ready with talented and fresh legged sprinters in the 4×400 (Paris Smiley (’22), Carson Larry (’22), Alex Rita (’21) and Josh O’Brien (’20)), as they covered their #2 seed just shy of beating victors Edison Tech.  The 4×200 relay (Sam Perozzi (’21), Nick Wood (’21), Ben Daino (’21) and Josh Mauro (’23)) would toe the line as the fourth seed and break the line in the third position overall.  Also in the sprints, Perozzi was able to pick up more points with a 6th place finish in the 55 hurdles and a 4th place finish in the 300 meter dash.

On the field side, McQuaid would have a field day with the throwers.  In the weight throw McQuaid picked up three of the top six places.  Leading the way was Aldrin Wilson (’21) finishing 3rd place, Josef Brunner (’20) and Jacob Kimbrew (’21) finished 5th and 6th.  In the shot put, McQuaid would pick up 11 more points, where once again the team was led by Wilson with a runner-up spot, followed by Jimmy Clanton (’21) and Kimbrew in the 5th and 6th spot.  New comer Elijah Grant (’21) would come up big on his last effort in the triple jump to secure a fourth place finish.  Wood would also add a fourth place finish in the long jump for the final event of the night.  Also chipping in points was Patrick Larkin (’20) kicking in a half point as he tied for 6th place in the High Jump.

The Class A title was the fourth team victory of the season for the Knights.  Along the way McQuaid finished first at the Jack Reed Showcase (Nazareth College Invite) over 40 plus scored teams.  2 weeks later McQuaid finished first at the Trent Jackson/Cedric Walker invite (RIT) among the 60 plus teams in attendance.  The knights would also claim the CCCSGA league title in early February.

What’s Next?  State Qualifiers will be held this Saturday night at R.I.T. Gordon Field House from 5:00 pm – 10:30.  McQuaid will have over a dozen athletes competing against the best of Section V!”