Track: Iona Prep, New Rochelle win county titles

Track: Iona Prep, New Rochelle win county titles

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Track: Iona Prep, New Rochelle win county titles

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The pole vault had come down to Iona Prep vs. Iona Prep, two teammates stuck in a tie in the air over Byram Hills Saturday, jumping off for the title of Westchester County champion.

Matt Urbano and Ryan Herrera-Murphy failed once at 14 feet and 13-9. Now the bar sat at 13-6.

Herrera – Murphy knocked it down. Urbano’s turn. The Binghamton-bound senior sped down the runway, lifted off and flew over the bar — county champ, just like in the winter.

“That means a lot,” Urbano said. “Coming back from all my injuries and coming back and winning it feels good.”

The Gaels, a force in the field events, got two victories from Billy Bishop, in the shot put and discus. But they did well on the track, too. So like Urbano, Iona Prep followed up its county crown in the winter by also winning it in the spring, posting 117 points, 60 more than Lakeland/Panas.

The New Rochelle girls pulled off an indoor-outdoor county sweep as well, posting 195 points, 121 more than Bronxville. Briyah Brown took the shot put and discus. Alicia Donaldson took the 100 and 200 meters. And Ashley Wiggins took the 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles. She stood fourth in county history in the 100 hurdles at 14.14 seconds and remained fourth, only now at 14.13.

“The 100 hurdles, I’m better at, ranking (first) in the state,” Wiggins said. “But the 400 hurdles, I’m coming up there.”

The boys high jump came down to Lakeland/Panas seniors Lylle Ryals and Kingsley Ogbanna. Both cleared 6-6. But Ryals cleared it on his first try, and it took Ogbanna three tries to match. So Ryals won on fewer misses, and the 6-6 was a personal best.

“I’m really excited,” Ryals said. “We really push each other a lot. I wanted to beat him. He wanted to beat me.”

At the county meet in 1980, a Scarsdale senior named Jodi Last claimed the girls high jump at 5-7. At the county meet in 2013, a Blind Brook senior named Jackie Lavitt won at 5-4.

Jodi Last is now Jodi Lavitt, Jackie’s mother.

“It’s very rewarding,” Jackie said, “knowing that my mom was able to win a few years ago. It was nice to kind of follow in her footsteps.”

“Good genes in the family,” Jodi said, standing alongside.

Briarcliff senior Stephen Shine took the 1,600 and the 3,200, another winter replay.

“This is one of the most prestigious meets of the year,” Shine said. “To be able to do so well in front of the county I grew up in, it’s a big deal for me.”

Eastchester’s Jon Alkins won the 100 — in 10.81, tied for fifth in county history — and the 200. The boys 400 hurdles went to Mount Vernon’s Rai Benjamin in a personal-best 53.98, No. 6 in county history. Scarsdale’s Patrick Clarke finished first in the 110 hurdles.

“I lost last year to my best friend Raheem,” Clarke said, referencing Mount Vernon’s Raheem Austin. “I knew I had to come up and win this year.”

Jack O’Brien followed up his Loucks Games win in the javelin with a Westchester win. The Hen Hud junior sincerely thanked his coaches “for all the hard work they forced me to do all along the way.”

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