Fordham Prep Cross Country/Track 2009-2010

Previous Seasons:  

Cross Country - Indoor Track Outdoor Track (tentative)
9/4 - Pre-Season Run 12/5 - Fordham Prep Kick-Off 3/27 - Hall of Fame Dinner (seniors attend)
9/12 - CHSAA Practice Meet 12/12 - CHSAA Relay Carnival 3/31 - Xavier Dual Meet
9/18 - Red Raider Invitational 12/19 - Ignatian Invitational 4/5 - Iona Invitational
9/19 - Regis Invitational 12/19 - Loughlin Games 4/7 - CHSAA Relay Carnival
9/21 - Jim Scott Challenge 12/27 - Grinch Games 4/10 - Mayor's Trophy Meet
9/26 - JFK Invitational - 12/28 - Marince Corps Holiday Classic 4/13 - Fordham Prep Classic
10/2 - Fordham Prep Dev't 1/2 - CHSAA Novice/Jr. Midget Champs 4/17 - New York Relays
10/3 - McQuaid Invitational 1/8 - Soph Sectional Champs 4/20 - Fordham Prep Invitational
10/3 - Mayor's Cup 1/8 - Bronx Champs 4/23-24 - Penn Relays
10/9 - All Hallows Invite 1/9 - Hispanic Games 4/28 - CHSAA Novice/Jr. Midget Champs
10/10- Manhattan Invitational 1/13 - Millrose Games Time Trials 5/2 - Jesuit Champs
10/14 - Bx Champs & Soph Sectionals 1/15 - Jesuit Indoor Champs 5/6-8 - Loucks Games
10/17 - FP Frosh Relays 1/16 - Stanner Games 5/8 - CHSAA Frosh/Soph Champs
10/17 - DeWitt Clinton Invite 1/24 - NYCHSAA Sectional Champs 5/12 - NYCHSAA Frosh & Soph Champs
10/31 - Sectionals 1/30 - Midterm Madness Dev't Meet 5/15 - NYCHSAA Sectional Champs
11/7 - CHSAA Frosh & Soph Cities 2/3 - Metropolitan Invite 5/23 - CHSAA CITY CHAMPS
11/14 - City Champs 2/7 - CHSAA Frosh & Soph Champs
11/21 - Jesuits 2/13 - CITY CHAMPS
11/21 - NY State Federation Meet 2/20 - Jesuit Invitational
 2/24 - Eastern States Champs
3/6 - NY State Champs
3/12-14 - Nationals





6/6/10 - 53rd Eastern States Champs - Iona Prep
2010 campaign comes to a close with fine performances.  4x1600 team of Tom Jennings, Eric Engelbrecht, James Gallo and Tony Rosa take 3rd in 18:44.95.  Mike McNamara leads off 4x800m in 2:03.3.  Joe Paulus tosses season best of 48'11.5", placing 4th; Mike Lester 5th in Jav; Doug O'Connell 2:00.21 in 800m.
Seniors Tom McShane, Alejandro Jimenez, Lloyd Bistany and Akram Hossain just after their final race in the Prep by Tim Fulton,


6/2 - 16th Annual Warwick Fast Times Relays - Warwick, NY
Meet lives up to famous namesake with s
uper PRs for nearly all!  Matt Pisciotta '10 drops 6 seconds to log 2:04.9 800m!  Lloyd Bistany '10 continues 11th hour resurgence with 53.6 400m and 2:12.7 800m!  Tony Rosa '11 just misses 2 minute barrier!  Engelbrecht, Jennings, Gallo, Jimenez all PR!

Seniors Lloyd Bistany, James Gallo, Eric Engelbrecht & Matt Pisciotta make their final weeks in a Prep uniform count

5/25 - Festival of Miles Intrasquad - Joe Fox Track
5 new sub-fivers and a new Soph 4x1600m record!

Ryan Fink '10 and Antonio Rosa '11 took 5th and 6th in the CHSAA Steeplechase, running personal bests by more than 12 seconds each
5/23 - 83rd CHSAA Championship - Icahn Stad.
Throwers Joe Paulus '11 and Mike Lester '12 lead Prep to 4th place finish, behind 2nd place throws in the Shot Put & Javelin.  Mike Seminario '11 took 3rd in Shot and Senior John Grenawalt took home the 4th place bronze in Javelin.  Tom Ferguson '10 clears 14 feet to place 3rd in PV, and Trevon Tann '11 ties for 4th in HJ.  Ryan Fink '10 is 5th in Steeplechase, and the 4x800 of Tom Jennings '10, Doug O'Connell '11, Colin Okasaki '13 and Tony Rosa '11 round off the scoring in 5th place.  

5/15 - NYCHSAA Sectional Champs - St. Joseph by the Sea HS, Staten Island
Prep ties for 2nd!  Mike Lester wins Javelin with 161 foot toss.  Ryan Fink and Tony Rosa go 2-3 in the Steeplechase.  Doug O'Connell 2nd in 800m. Vaulters go 2-7th!  Colin Okasaki blazes to 2:07.98 Frosh 800m win.

5/12 - NYCHSAA Frosh & Soph Sectional Champs - Iona Prep
Frosh 2nd and Sophs 3rd!
                 FROSH TOP THE CITY!
               Field Events (40 of 56.5 pts) Lead the Way
              Christian Doherty Wins 400IH and 110HH
                Sophs Take 4th - Lester is Javelin Champ
       Xavier Wins Soph Title in "Jesuit Conspiracy"

Sat 5/8 - CHSAA Frosh & Soph Champs - Icahn Stadium
Throwers continue to rule as 1-2-3 sweep of Javelin (Jack Trimble, Matt White, Peter Ciaccia) sets the tone.  John Sullivan wins Shot Put, Conor McCarrick and Sean McEvoy go 1-2 in HJ.   Colin Okasaki 10:39 3200.  Cameron Granda and Adam Loughlin go 3-4 in Soph Vault, Challenor Robertson scores in both hurdle events. Chris Recine 10:39 3200. 

5/7-8 - Loucks Games - White Plains HS
Doug O'Connell drops 1:58.56 800m, Tom Ferguson wins medal with 13' vault; Joe Paulus 8th with 48'5.75" SP

Sun 5/2: Jesuit Championship - Mt. St. Michael HS
Prep 2nd to Xavier in tight meet.  JV wins big.  Joe Paulus launches Discus 132' for the win and #4 all time Prep toss, wins SP too.  Trevon Tann leads 1-2-3 sweep of HJ with his first ever 6' leap outdoors.  Craig Edwards, Brian Carey and Dom Rivera win 110HH, 400mIH and 180y LH respectively
. Full Results
l-r: Brad Seaton, Mike Burke, Marc DeCicco; all 3 cracked 100 ft in the discus for the first time, making a sweep of the event for the Prep 4/28/10 - CHSAA Novice and Junior Midget Championship - Icahn Stadium
Throwers carry the day as Mike Burke '10, Marc DeCicco '12 and Brad Seaton '11 (pictured left, photo by Coach Chavez) go 1-2-3 in the Novice Discus; Dan Fiore '11 takes Novice Javelin gold, Lloyd Bistany '10 blazes to 55.8 sec. 400m bronze. Full Results

4/23-24/10 - Penn Relays - Phila., PA
The Prep made their annual trek to Philly....Mike Lester threw 150' in the Javelin, the 4x100 went 46.14 and the 4x400 3:38.88.  And the squad got to see the fastest man on Earth--Usain Bolt--win the 4x100 before a capacity crowd.

4/19/10 - Fordham Prep Classic - Pelham Bay Park
Anthony Pecorelli is latest newcomer to shine with 117-9" Discus toss, taking gold for the Sophs.  Colin Okasaki wins Frosh 800m in 2:12, Greg McNamara leads fine soph contingent with 1600m win, Dom Rivera wins Jr 100m

4/16-17/2010 - New York Relays - Icahn Stadium
Tom Ferguson takes 2nd in PV w/ 13'6" leap.  Shuttle Hurdle Relay 3rd, Mike Lester, John Grenawalt 3rd & 6th in Javelin!  nice 4:36 leadoff 1600m for Tom Jennings.  2:01.74 800m for Doug O'Connell

4/13/2010 - Fordham Prep Invitational - Pelham Bay Park


4/7/10 - CHSAA Relay Carnival - Randall's Island

Big tosses from Jav, Shot and Disc throwers who won Shot and Jav and took silver in Discus!  Vaulters dominate, including new meet rerord holder Sean McEvoy '13 (picured, left), who vaulted 11'1" to take Frosh PV!  

Lester Leaps In!  Soph Mike Lester accepted to prestigious Penn Relays Javelin competition!  Only 21 selected!

4/3/10 - Rebel Relays - Farmingdale, NJ
58 Year-old School Javelin Relay record broken! 
Javelin threesome of Mike Lester, John Grenawalt and Kyle Willemite journey to Howell HS in NJ to win Rebel Relays with 431'8" combined throws, besting 1952 Prep record of 424 ft!

New Record holders (l-r) John Grenawalt, Mike Lester and Kyle Willemite.....will their record hold for 58 years?   What will they look like in 2068?....
                                    photo by Coach Chavez

Wed 3/31:  4th Annual Dual Meet vs Xavier-  Prep
Prep falls to Xavier in final event, Sophs fall short by 1 pt, Frosh win big; Tom Jennings 7:20.9 1.5 mile tops his own meet record, Ryan Fink debuts in Steeple with impressive 6:42 2K win, Meet record for Joe Paulus in SP!

3/27/10 - Hornet Relays - Icahn Stadium
Mike Lester destroys soph school record with 174'10" Javelin opener!  W
ins meet with meet record and ranks as #1 soph in US this season!!


3/12-14 - NSIC Champs - Armory
8:13 4x800!

3/6/10 - State Champs - Cornell
Fine performances from Juniors Joe Paulus and Mike Seminariio who ranked among the top 3 returnees in the state for the SP!  Fine 12th place for Tom Ferguson

2/23/2010: Eastern States Champs:  Tom Ferguson becomes only the sixth Prep vaulter ever over 14 feet. See story on Pole Vault Page
Seminario cracks 50 feet in Shot!




Win 3rd Straight CHSAA Indoor Title
2 Point Margin won on last event!

new! Cities Story by a Friend of the Prep

photo by Coach Matt



2/7/10 - CHSAA Frosh & Soph City Champs  - Armory
Frosh dominate to take 5th CHSAA City Championship, 53-24 over 2nd place Farrell.   Christian Doherty
is double City Champion in 600m and 55mHH; John Sullivan pulls out dramatic Shot Put win on final throw; Sean McEvoy and Christian Kuntz go 1-2 in Pole Vault with 10-foot vaults (see story on PV page); Conor McCarrick and McEvoy go 1-2 in HJ; 4x800m of Kuntz, McCarrick, Angelo and Fink seal the win with exciting win.
Tough day for Sophs who take 5th, but log some impressive performances including soph school record 4x200 of Andrew Velasquez, Giovanni Graziosa, Challenor Robertson and Dennis Kennelly (1:37.42).

1/30/10 - Midterm Madness Development Meet - Fordham U
Nice prep for upcoming championship meets.  Wins for Sal Annunziata (43-7.5" SP), the Varsity 4x200 (Dom Rivera, Brian Carey, Gianni Matera, Mike Gray), Chris Recine (5:02.7 Soph 1600m),  Dylan Nolan (5:25 Claimer 1600m),  Spencer Heitmann (55.4 Soph 400m), the Soph 4x200m (1:41.3) and Eric Kim (9.2 Soph HH) bode well for next week! 

Prep claims 3rd Straight Sectional Title
Frosh, Soph & Varsity sweep in 2010
Seniors cap inspiring performances
New! Sectionals story by A Friend of the Prep

1/24/2010 - 53rd NYCHSAA Sectional Championships - Armory
We're still here...true, graduation took alot, and the Prep has lived the '09-'10 campaign as constant underdogs every meet, but they've risen to every occasion, from qualifying for states in xc, to taking back the frosh and soph sectional crowns, to this: 2010 NYCHSAA Archdiocesan Champions.   
(Frosh relay splits added 2/9)

1/16/10- Stanner Games- Armory 
Ferguson records second straight 13 foot jump, and frosh vaulters rule the day, placing 8 vaulters in top ten, and six over 8'6.  Sean McEvoy gets the win with 9"6 jump!!

1/15/10 - 53rd Jesuit Indoor Champs - Fordham U.

It was an exciting meet, but the Prep scored their unprecedented 21st consecutive Jesuit Indoor Title.  

1/13/10 - Millrose Games Time Trials - Armory
 While we didn't make it, there were many great performances.  And based on the underclassmen, we'll be back.....



Freshmen and Varsity take the BRONX!!

1/8/2010-  Sophomore Sectional Championship/ Bronx Championship- Fordham University- Meet Results

Meet Director Ed Robinson, Meet MVP Tom Jennings '10, and proud Dad Ed Jennings
photo by Ed Jennings '08

1/9/2010- Hispanic Games- Armory
Tom Ferguson becomes one of only 10 Prep Vaulters ever to clear 13 feet indoors. Pat Civetta clears PR 11'6, along with Tom McShane. 
Pole Vault Page updated 1/11






photo by John Nepolitan of

1/2/2010 - CHSAA Novice & Junior-Midget Champs -   Armory

Prep takes 4th in both Novice & Junior Midget divisions.  Tom Silva is Junior Shot Put champion, and the foursome of Dillon, Donohue, Ragone and Keefer are Jr 4x800 City Champs! Sean McEvoy is Prep's first 9 foot freshman vaulter this season!  Varsity 4x800 of McShane (2:06.6), O'Connell (2:00.9), Rosa (2:04.5) and Jennings (2:06.8) run a fine 8:18.8! Mike Seminario pushes closer to half-century line with 49'2.25" toss, followed closely by bronze medallist Joe Paulus (47'10").   

12/28/09 - Marine Corps Holiday Classic - Armory
Paulus & Seminario take 2nd in Shot, Ferguson & McShane (newest 12 footer) take 5th in PV Relay!  Doug O'Connell leads 4x800 with sterling 2:01 split, Soph and Frosh 4x800 place in top 10 with fine performances, SHR takes 10th.

12/27/09 - Grinch Games - Fordham University

12/22/09 - Fordham Prep JumpsFest - Lombardi Center

Senior Dan Turner (39'5.5" TJ - 1st Place), Junior Isreal Adeyanju (18'2.5" LJ) and Sophs Danny Lee (5'6" HJ) and John Bauer (10'6" PV) jump into archives!

12/19/09Ignatian Invitational-  Frosh Okasaki and McCarrick  go 1-2 in 800, Christian Kuntz gets the win in the 1600, Doherty 1st in Hurdles, 2nd in 400, and Sean McEvoy takes gold in High Jump.

Miss the hills of VCP? Check out The Story of the 2009 X-Country Team by a Friend of the Prep!
Bruce is Back!

12/19/09 - 2009 Bishop Loughlin Games - Armory
The last hurdle he scaled in competition was 8 months ago.  Then he crashed into an official and ended his hurdling season just a month after helping the Prep set a National Record in the 4x55m Shuttle Hurdle relay.  Now he returns after a successful football season, ready to rewrite the books.  He began with a scintillating 7.59 silver medal at the nation's oldest meet, holding the state's and nation's 2nd best time.  Also at Loughlin, Joe Paulus took 4th place in a PR 47 feet and Mike Seminario also made the final. The Soph SMR of Heitmann, Graziosa, Velasquez and Kennelly took 4th. 


  At the Ignatian meet at Fordham Isreal Adeyanju tossed the 12 pounder 40'10", and James Brownie blazed to a 4:50.9 mile.  Tons of Soph and Frosh wins too!


A Shot in the Arm...

A seismic shift is underway in the Bronx.   The Fordham Prep Rams, long reliant on swift legs, and recently high flying vaulters, jumpers and hurdlers, find themselves being led by the league-leading arms of Coach Phipps' shot putters.  Junior Joe Paulus headlined the "gun show" that saw the Varsity SP relay win, and the Sophs and Freshmen both win medals at the 60th Annual CHSAA Relay Carnival. 

12/12 - CHSAA Relay Carnival - Armory Track & Field
Big Wins at Armory Opener!  Varsity Shot Put Relay of Joe Paulus & Mike Seminario take SP gold!  Soph 4x800 of Spencer Heitmann, Pat Dillon, Dan Golden and Pat Gray wins exciting race, as does Frosh Distance Medley of Chris Doherty, Stephen Lee, Conor McCarrick and Colin Okasaki.  Doherty wins 55m Hurdles!  Lucas Keefer, Cruz Orozco Sean Donohue and Eddie Cruz run away with Junior 4x800 Relay!  Sean McEvoy takes Fr HJ for 2nd straight week!  Mid-Distance guys drop 18 sub 2:20 800s!

Fordham Prep Kick-Off Meet - Saturday, December 5, 2009 FU Lombardi Center
The Prep got their feet wet with a splash yesterday at the season-opening Fordham Prep Kick-Off at the Lombardi Center.  The shot putters got things started with a 1-5 Varsity sweep, and a gold medal by Freshman John Sullivan.  Trevon Tann PRd with a 5'10" Varsity HJ triumph, and eye-opening wins by Sophs Pat Dillon (4:59 mile), Spencer Heitmann (55.3 400m), and Christian Doherty (9.4 55mHH).  The Frosh DMR took gold, as did high jumper Sean McEvoy (5'2").  Next week's Relay Carnival at the Armory looms next!

11/28 Frosh Intersquad:  White over Maroon 85-54



22nd at States!
3rd Best CHSAA Team, 4th best in NYC
Fordham Prep Varsity Cross Country team at New York State Federation Championships November 21, 2009
photo by Coach Matt Febles

11/21/09 - NY State Federation Championships - Bowdoin Park, Wappingers Falls, NY
The team concluded it's 2009 campaign in grand fashion, finishing 22nd, and 3rd among CHSAA schools.  This after never being ranked above 7th (and for most of the year 9th or 10th), until last week.  Video by Tom McShane '10    More Photos by Coach Matt  New! The Story of the 2009 Cross Country Team by a Friend of the Prep!

11/21/09 - 66th Jesuit Championship - Van Cortlandt Park
A great end to the season as most run personal bests in Van Cortlandt swan song!  Frosh 2nd to McQuaid HS led by #14 AT Prep Colin Okasaki (9:06).  Times and results to come!

Prep Takes 5th at CHSAA Champs
Gallo's 13:47 paces Rams to State Champs Berth
11/14/09 - 83rd CHSAA Champs - Van Cortlandt Park
They were written off before the season started.  Too many heavy hitters graduated, little Varsity experience among the current seniors, not enough depth.  They'd never been ranked above 7th all season, and most of the season were 9th or 10th.  But the Rams had seen this before.   On Saturday, the Varsity showed their mettle in the mud by  placing 5th at the venerable CHSAA Championship meet, and earning the final State Federation meet berth allotted to NYC teams.  James Gallo (photo, r.) ran an amazing 23 second personal best to finish 21st (All-City) in 13:47 for the 2.5 mile course.  Ryan Fink dipped under 14:00 for the first time at 13:58, Soph Pat Dillon ran a personal best 14:21, and seniors Tom Jennings, Eric Englebrecht, Matt Pisciotta and Steve Pisciotta sealed the win with fine perfomances in the 4-7 slots.  See you in Wappingers Falls on 11/21!


10/9/09 - All Hallows Invite - VCP

Frosh take first Mayors Cup title in 4 years!!
Stake claim to New York City's top team!
Colin Okasaki's 9:24 win cracks the All-Time list.

10/3 - McQuaid Invitational - Rochester,NY
Fine trip to Rochester as Varsity logs solid 17:06 average in toughest race of the day!

10/2-  Fordham Prep Development Meet:  Recine and Dylan Nolan pace JV with sub 17 clocking!  Pat Curley and Chris Caro lead Frosh!

9/26 - JFK Invitational - Somers, NY
Freshmen take an exciting first place finish in their one trip out of Van Cortlandt park!  Varsity and JV 4th!

9/21 - Jim Scott Invitational - Prep
Tom Jennings scores upset to take 17th annual title with a strategically masterful race (5:20-5:01 = 10:21.4).  Prep finishes a close 2nd to Regis.  Frosh Colin Okasaki and John Recupero lead 1-2 finish

9/19 - Regis Invitational - VCP
Frosh hold their own in a tight team finish.  Tons of PRs (personal records)

9/18 - Red Raider Invitational - Anthony Wayne State Park
Tom Jennings leads Varsity to 6th, Cruz Orozco, in first XC season, paces JV to 4th as many hit 5K milestones.  Follow up with long run and bagels on Saturday morning

Tom Jennings '10 logs a fine 18:00 5k to open '09 XC campaign
photo by Coach Matt Febles

9/12/09-  CHSAA Practice Meet- VCP
Frosh record first win of season 40-45 over Regis behind the fast 2nd place finish of Colin Okasaki.

9/4/09 - Pre-Season Time Trial  - VCP
 With Van Cortlandt Park under construction, the Rams helped test the new course configurations with some great results!  Eric Engelbrecht leads the Varsity, and one of the largest Freshmen teams in Prep history got off to a great start!