McQuaid athletes competing at NYS Championships

Several McQuaid athletes have qualified for NYS championship meets in winter sports.  Read on for qualifiers and results!

Max Murray has qualified for the NYS Swimming and Diving Championships, to be held in Long Island on March 1 & 2.  He qualified for 3 events, the 100 back, 500 free, and 200 IM. He had a personal best time of 4.40.9 in the 500 free (a new McQuaid school record), made the finals, and finished 12th in the state.

Sawyer Duserick skied in the NYS Championships on Tuesday, February 26 at Gore Mountain.  He placed 5th in the state in the Giant Slalom race, with a combined time of 2:21.46. There were 62 racers that competed from across New York State.

The following students will be competing in the NYS Indoor Track & Field Championships, to be held on Staten Island on Saturday, March 2: Abel Hagos, Gabe Gelke, Christopher Ryder, Ryan Martin, Casey Howlett, Andrew Passero, Nick Wood, Jude Aman, and Sam Perozzi.  Coach Stewart was kind enough to write a recap on how the meet went…read on for his account of the championship!

From Coach Stew:

On March 2nd, the Knights of McQuaid Jesuit entered the Ocean Breeze complex in Staten Island to compete in the New York State and Federal championships for Track and Field.

Abel Hagos (Sr.) would get the Knights started in the fast section of the 3200 meter race. Hagos would run with the top group the entire distance and finished in a strong 5th place showing with a time of 9:13.4. That would be the 3rd time in his career of earning All-State and Fed honors. His time was also good enough for a new school record eclipsing former stand out Donny Glavin’s 9:19 set in 2016. His performance puts him at #4 all-time for Section V. Hagos would bounce back hours later to compete in the 1600 (4:28.4) where he would finish 18th out of 33 runners.

The 4×400 team consisting of Sam Perrozi (So.), Andrew Passero (Jr.), Chris Ryder (Sr.) and Casey Howlett (Jr.) would keep that momentum going and run to a season best and Section V best of 3:26.37. That time also has them qualified for the National Championship. The 4×400 would be the final team to slide into the 8 team finals where they finished 8th overall to make the podium as they garnered All-Federation team honors. The Knights did an amazing job and shared the podium with some of the nations fastest athletes!

Also competing was Gabe Gelke who finished 18th out of 34 competitors. His best throw of the day was 54’6.75″. Gelke finished right around his expected seed. Gelke also qualified for nationals earlier this year with a school record throw of 56’10”! Gabe will not be able to attend nationals however as he will be heading to Notre Dame for an acceptance gathering!

Ryan Martin lead off the Intersectional relay for Section V. Martin getting boxed in early would work his way up towards the lead, but slid back to the seventh spot to hand off the baton. Section V would succumb to an unfortunate stiff arm as Victor’s Connor Preston was knocked to the ground just a few strides from making the final hand off in the 4th place position. From there Section V would not recover and finished in the Caboose position.

Abel Hagos will be competing this Friday evening in the 5k championship race at the New Balance Indoor National championship. The 4×400 will also be taking to the track as they look to continue their hot hand on another fast track against some of the top competitors in the nation! Congratulations to all who competed! GO KNIGHTS!