Darrel Jones - STATE CHAMPION
3/2/13 - Barton Hall - Ithaca, NY- Entering the New York State Track and Field Championship meet Monroe-Woodbury junior Darrel Jones had one goal in mind, jump 47 feet. Jones entered the triple jump competition as the 7th seed. By the end of the meet Jones left Barton Hall, on the campus of Cornell University, as the 6th Crusader to win an Indoor Track and Field State Championship.
By being seeded 7th, Jones was placed in the 3rd (and best) of three preliminary flights. Each jumper is allowed 3 jumps in the preliminary flights and the top 8 jumpers from the combination of all three flights qualify for three more jumps in the finals. Jones' first attempt of the preliminary round was marked 44 feet 9.5 inches. This moved him to 6th place. On his second attempt of the preliminary round, Jones broke his 47 foot goal. The huge jump marked 47 feet 2 inches and catapulted Jones to the top of the leader board. On his final attempt of the prelims, Jones struggled to a 43 foot 10 inch mark. Despite the disappointing 3rd mark, Jones was still in 1st place by 4 inches.
Moving into the finals, Coach Jim Glover had sound advice for Jones. "I told Darrel to compose himself and keep competing because I didn't feel the 47-2 mark would be enough to win." Glover had a close eye on a familiar opponent. Middletown's Jamal Bynum had progressed almost a foot and an half through his three preliminary attempts.
On his first attempt of the finals, Jones was marked at 45 feet 8.5 inches. Jones remained on top with 2 jumps left in the competition, but Bynum had moved up to 3rd and was less than a foot from Jones' top mark. Knowing he needed to improve his best mark, Jones executed a phenomenal jump on his second attempt of the finals. The tape measure stretched to new MW school record of 47 feet 9.25 inches. The mark was also the top jump recorded by a New Yorker this year. Jones maintained his lead of almost a foot, but Bynum was still improving and had one attempt remaining. Jones, Glover, and the rest of the MW contingent watched closely on Bynum's final attempt. It was a great jump. Now they waited for the officials to stretch the measuring tape over the take off board. The official read quite dramatically "Forty-seven feet, nine inches EVEN." Jones had held off Bynum by a quarter of an inch. There was still one jumper left before Jones had secured the title, but that jumper was not jumping very well in the finals and could not better his mark of 46 feet 11 inches from the prelims. With the state title now officially his, Jones took his final attempt. He was marked at 47 feet 3.25 inches. He had achieved his goal of 47 feet three times with a championship effort.
Jones joins previous indoor state champions Bill Lakis (1981 - 1600m Racewalk), John Trautmann (1986 - 3200m), Stu Ackerman (1987 - Pole Vault), Mike Uhelsky (1996 & 1997 - Pole Vault), and Ryan Kachmarsky (2007 -55m Hurdles).
In other action from states, Pat Rooney finished 8th in the 600m (1:22.95), JT McEntyre was 20th in the 1600m (4:31.38) and Seth Wilson was 34th in the 55m (6.93).
Rooney 2nd at Eastern States
2/25/13 - New Balance Track & Field Center - Washington Heights, NY - Pat Rooney ran an indoor personal best of 1:54.88 to finish 2nd in the 800m at the Eastern States Championship. Rooney battled NJ standout Edward Cheserek for 700m before fading to a very respectable 2nd place performance. Rooney's time of 1:54.88 qualifies him for the New Balance Nationals to be held on March 10th. The time is #2 all time in MW history and currently ranks #1 in New York.
In other action, vaulters Amin Tmimi and Travis Fountain both had great attempts at a very difficult opening height of 14 feet in the pole vault!
4 Crusaders Qualify for States
2/22/13 - Gillis Fieldhouse, West Point, NY - Monroe-Woodbury had four boys qualify to compete in the NYSPHSAA State Championship on March 2 in Ithaca, NY. Leadng the way for the Crusaders was Pat Rooney. Rooney qualifed by winning the 600m in 1:22.45. He currently holds the 7th best 600m time run in NY this season. Junior Darrel Jones punched his ticket by winning the triple jump with a 45 feet 2.5 inch performance. Jones is currently ranked 8th in NY is the triple jump.
Joining Rooney and Jones in Ithaca will senior JT McEntyre and sophomore Seth Wilson. McEntyre won the 1600m in 4:31.40. Wilson retuned from the glut minimus injury to steal a spot in the state meet with a 6.78 second place effort.
Senior Amin Tmimi finishe 5th in the 600m and will travel to Ithaca as an alternate for the Section IX intersectional relay,
Crusaders Finish 8th at Millrose Games
2/16/13 - New Balance Track & Field Center, Washington Heights, NY - The MW boys 3200m Relay team posted a time of 8:01.16 to finish 8th at the 106th running of the Millrose Games. Pat Rooney lead off with a 1:57.30 split and handed off in virtual tie for 1st. Amin Tmimi ran a 1:59.17 second leg and handed off in 4th. JT McEntyre split 2:00.82 on the 3rd leg and handed off in 5th. Dylan Eldred anchored in 2:03.83 bringing the Crusaders across the line in 8th.
M-W to Return to The Millrose Games
2/4/13 - Word has come down from Tim Fulton, director of high school events for the Millrose Games. Saturday's performance at the Armory Collegiate Invitation has earned the Crusaders an invitation to compete in the 4x800m relay at the Millrose Games. Amin Tmimi, Dylan Eldred, Pat Rooney, J.T. McEntyre along with alternates Stephen O'Shea and Yacin Tmimi are listed on the Crusader entry. Amin Tmimi had previously been invited to compete in the pole vault, but will turn down that invitation due to the proximity of when the two events occur.
This will be the Crusaders 3rd trip to the Millrose Games in the last 4 years. In 2010 they finished 2nd in the Suburban 4x400m relay. In 2011 they were 2nd in the 4x800m relay.
3200m Sets Senior Record at Collegiate Invitational
2/2/13 - New Balance Track and Field Center - Washington Heights, NY - Earning a reputation as one of the top 4x800m programs on the east coast, the Crusaders received an invite to compete in a special relay held during the Armory Collegiate Invitational. Running in a stacked field of 11 schools, the Crusaders held their own finishing 7th in a time of 7:56.95. They were a mere 4 seconds out of 3rd place.
Amin Tmimi led off with a 2:01.2 split. Dylan Eldred, running in place of Stephen O'Shea who was ill ran a sensational 2:01.3 leg. Pat Rooney raced the Cruaders back into contention with a 1:54.6 leg. JT McEntyre closed out the relay running against some top flight anchor legs. His 1:59.7 split was only his 2nd time under 2:00.
The Cruaders will now await word to see if their performance was good enough to earn them an invitation to the Millrose Games.
Nebiker Medals at Suffern Invitational
2/1/13 - Levy Fieldhouse - Suffern, NY - For the second striaght week sophomore Brandon Nebiker placed well in a pole vault compeition. After winning the OCIAA Relays, Nebiker returned to the runway to finish 5th and earn the only medal for the Crusaders at the Suffern Invitational. Nebiker cleared 11 feet 9 inches and had 3 great attempts at 12 feet 3 inches.
Rooney, Jones Win at Metropolitan Invitational
1/30/13 - New Balance Track & Field Center - Washington Heights, NY - Pat Rooney and Darrel Jones continued their stand out seasons when both athletes had first place performances at the Metropolitan Invitational. Rooney claimed first place in the 800m with a time of 1:56.5. Jones set a personal best of 46 feet 5.5 inches to win the triple jump. Jones also earned 4th place honors in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet 6.75 inches.
The Crusaders had 2 other place winners in the varsity portion of the meet. Amin Tmimi was 3rd in pole vault clearing 14 feet. The 800m relay team of Frankie Roman, Tom Nicholas, Kieran Brown, and Dylan Winter were 4th with a new MW senior record of 1:34.2.
In the Novice portion of the meet. the Crusaders had 3 medal winning performances. Kendell Ebron took first in the 200m (23.3) and 2nd in the 55m (6.8). Dylan Eldred won the 800m in 2:03.8
School Sprint Medley Relay Record, SMASHED
1/26/13 - New Balance Track & Field Center - Washington Heights, NY - Amin Tmimi, Kendell Ebron, Dylan Winter, and Pat Rooney traveled to the New Balance Games and left the fastest indoor sprint medley relay in MW history.
Tmimi led off with a 52.7 400m leg. Ebron and Winter followed with 200m legs of 23.5 and 23.4 respectfully. Rooney brought the relay across the line in 3rd place. His 1:55.0 800m split helped the Crusaders lower the school record to 3:34.53.
The previous school record of 3:39.0 was set in 1991 by Rob McKeon, Manny Mangual, Mike Ballard and Ken Morrison.
Nebiker Wins Pole Vault at OCIAA Relays
1/25/13 - Gillis Fieldhouse - West Point, NY - Sophomore Brandon Nebiker was the lone Crusader to win an event at the OCIAA relays. Clearing 11 feet on his first attempt gave Nebiker to win over a talented Marlboro vaulter.
The Crusaders had three second place finishers. The shuttle hurdle relay team of Dylan Soder, Frankie Roman, and Kieran Brown placed 2nd in 25.1 seconds. Brown also finished 2nd in long jump with a mark of 18 feet 10 inches. Sophomore Kenny Hand was 2nd in the weight throw with a toss of 39 feet 3.5 inches.
Junior Brandon Richardson finished 3rd in both the long jump and high jump. He cleared 5 feet 8 inches in the high jump and 18 feet 1.25 inches in the long jump.
Two Crusader relays finished 4th. The shuttle hurdle relay of Allen Besas, Andy Chen, and Ethan Besas finished in 29.2 seconds. The 4x800m relay of Nick Verboys, Chris Urio, Braden Frandino and Austin Frandino finished at 9:43.7
Dan Parino finished 6th in the weight throw with a toss of 31 feet 9.5 inches.
Rooney, Tmimi, McEntyre Lead MW to 5th Straight OCIAA Crown
1/19/13 - Gillis Fieldhouse - West Point, NY- Like many of their predecessors, Pat Rooney, Amin Tmimi, and JT McEntyre have done everything in their power to make the Boys Track and Field team better. This past Saturday they left a mark of historic proportions. The three seniors combined to help the Crusaders become the first team in the history of the meet to win five straight team tittles. Even more impressive is the fact that this year was the 40th running of the "County Meet" and with the win on Saturday the Crusaders have won 20 of the 40!
Rooney was outstanding winning the 1000m and 600m within 90 minutes. He then battled to a 3rd place finish in the 300m dash. Tmimi defended his Pole Vault title from last year, claimed 2nd (to Rooney) in the 600m and then capped off his day with a 5th place finish in the 55m hurdles. McEntyre raced from 6th place to 3rd place in the 3200m on Friday night. He then came back to better the times set down in the unseeded heat of the 1600 by an Eldred and Middletown runner. He is the first Crusaders to win the County 1600m title in over a decade. McEntyre finished his weekend by anchoring the victorious 3200m relay.
Perhaps the most astounding fact of the efforts of these 3 seniors is that IF they were to have competed as their own high school, they would have beaten the remaining MW team and finished in 2nd place only 30 points behind Middletown.
Rooney, McEntyre, and Tmimi were not the only seniors who had a part in this title. In fact, the Class of 2013 was responsible for scoring 90.5 of the Crusaders 118 points.
The County Champs will return to action this weekend at an OCIAA Relay meet on Friday and at the New Balance Games on Saturday.
TOP 6 FINISHES FROM THE OCIAA CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Rooney Smashes 600m Record
1/12/13 - New Balance Track & Field Center - Washington Heights, NY - One of the many goals Pat Rooney had coming into this season was to break the school record in the 600m run. Competing in his first 600m race of the year, Rooney did just that. His 1:21.49 second place finish at the Archbishop Molloy Stanner Games bettered the previous record of 1:22.0 set in 1996 by Matt Diglio. Rooney's time currently ranks him 8th in the US for the 600m.
Rooney was not done leaving his mark on the national rankings. He teamed with fellow seniors Stephen O'Shea, Amin Tmimi, and JT McEntyre to run US #8 time for the 4x800m relay. O'Shea led off with a solid 2:04.1 split. Rooney followed with a 1:59.0 split and put the team in contention to win. Amin Tmimi ran a strong 1:59.1 leg. JT McEntyre anchored in 2:02.1. The Crusaders finished 3rd behind talented teams from Northport and Syosset.
The Crusaders had two other individual medal winners. Ryan Parino had an excellent day in the throwing circle. His mark of 44 feet 11 inches was a season best and good for 2nd place. Junior Travis Fountain set a personal best in the pole vault for the second straight week. Clearing 13 feet 4 inches on his 1st attempt earned Fountain 3rd place honors.
The Crusaders return to action this weekend at West Point for the OCIAA Championships. MW has won the last four OCIAA titles (sharing last years titles with Warwick Valley).
Jones 2nd at Hispanic Games
1/5/13 - New Balance Track & Field Center - Washington Heights, NY - Darrel Jones continued his spectacular junior season with a 2nd place finish in the triple jump at the 2013 Hispanic Games. Entering the events final 3 jumps in 5th place, Jones was able to pop a 45 foot 9.5 inch effort on his first jump of the finals. That mark was good enough to move him into first place. He maintained his first place status until on the final jump of the competition a jumper from Bayshore High School passed Jones with a mark of 46 feet 0.5 inches.
In other action, Amin Tmimi was able to secure a tie for 5th place in the pole vault. Having an off day, Tmimi cleared 13'3" on his first attempt and missed on all three tries at 13'9".
Three Crusaders made there mark by finishing with performances that moves them into the top 25 all time list in their respective events. JT McEntyre in mile run (4:33.89), Stephen O'Shea in the 800m run (2:05.86), and Brandon Richardson in the Triple Jump (40' 4").
MW returns to action Saturday January 12th for the Archbishop Molloy Stanner Games.
Jones Hops to History
12/28/12 - New Balance Track & Field Center - Washington Heights, NY - Junior Darrel Jones cemented his place as the best junior triple jumper in MW history at the North Shore Invitational. Taking off from the 43 foot board, Jones bettered the previous record of 45 feet 5 inches, set by Omar Williams in 1988/1989, on each of his 3 attempts. On his 2nd attempt, Jones won the competition and set the new record with an astounding jump of 45 feet 10.75 inches. The mark betters the state standard and qualifies Jones for the New Balance Nationals in March.
The Crusaders had a number of medal winning and record setting performances. Finishing second in their respective events were Pat Rooney in the 1000m (2:35.42) and Amin Tmimi in the Pole Vault (14 feet). The 3200m relay team of Rooney, Stephen O'Shea, JT McEntyre, and Dylan Eldred set a new Senior record by finishing second in 8:20.16. The previous record was 8:22.5 set in 1996/1997 by Marc Gawron, Dan Goldwater, Joe Dechiario, and Brian McKnight.
Also earning medals at the invitational were JT McEntyre, 4th in the 1600m (4:32.00), Brandon Nebiker, 6th in the Pole Vault (11'6"), and Seth Wilson, 4th in the 55m (6.78). Wilson's time of 6.74 in the semi-final meets the state standard. Should he finish in the top 3 at the state qualifier meet, he will earn a trip to the NYS Championships in March.
Closing out the day for the Crusaders was a sophomore 4x200m relay. Brandon Nebiker, Dylan Soder, Kendell Ebron, and Wilson combinied to set a new sophomore record by .03 seconds. The previous record of 1:39.0 was set in 1984/1985 by Tim Murphy, Ed Winslow, Kevin Water, and Matt Casserly.
MW returns to action at the Armory on January 5th for the Hispanic Games.
Nebiker, Golden at Pearl River Holiday Festival
12/27/12 - Levy Fieldhouse - Suffern, NY - Brandon Nebiker tied an indoor personal best of 11 feet to win the freshman/sophomore pole vault at the Pearl River Holiday Festival. He then contributed a 55.9 leg to the victorious freshman/sophomore 1600m relay. Joining Nebiker on the winning relay were James Delaney, Wayne Williams, and Dylan Soder.
The rising Crusaders had a number of other medal winning performances during the freshman/sophomore meet. In the shot put, Kenny Hand took 6th with a throw of 35' and Charlye Hernandez took 10th with a toss of 32' 7". In the triple jump, Jason Minolfo took 8th with a leap of 32 feet 1.75 inches. The 3200m relay team of Chris Urio, Nick Verboys, Kyle Egan, and Nick Fini took 4th in a time of 9:42.9.
The Crusader Varsity team returns to competition at the North Shore Invitationl held in the New Balance Track and Field Center on 12/28/12.
Tmimi Soars at Final OCIAA Developmental Meet
12/22/12 - Gillis Fieldhouse - West Point, NY - Senior Amin Tmimi was the loan indivdual event winner for the Crusaders at the final OCIAA developmental meet. He soared to a season best 14 feet in the pole vault. After clearing 14 feet, Tmimi raised the bar to 14 feet 8 inches and had three terrific jumps to try and take over the top spot in the Section 9 rankings.
The Crusader 800m relay team of Dylan Soder, Austin Hernandez, Kendell Ebron, and Seth Wilson were event champions in a time of 1:37.8.
MW returns to action on 12/27 for the Freshman/Sophomore portion of the Pearl River Holiday Festival.
Top 6 Performances from Friday Night's Meet:
M-W Claims 1st in 8 Events at OCIAA Developmental Meet
12/14/12 - Gillis Fieldhouse - West Point, NY - Eleven different Crusaders put forth first place performances at Friday nights OCIAA Developmental meet. The Crusaders won 7 individual events and one relay. Leading the barage of championship performances was junior Darrell Jones. Jones had a personal best leap of 45 feeet in the triple jump. The performance ties him for 2nd all time in MW history.
Five seniors also secured first place performances. Pat Rooney won the 300 in 37.1. Amin Tmimi won the 55m hurdles in 7.9. Ryan Parino improved over 4 feet from last weeks meet to win the shot put. Making his season debut, Kieran Brown won the long jump with a mark of 19 feet 4 inches. Competing in the high jump for the first time since middle school, Daniel Boyhan was able to secure first place with a leap of 5 feet 8 inches.
Joining forces to win the 800m relay were sophomores Kendell Ebron and Seth Wilson, junior Austin Hernandez, and senior Dylan Winter. Their time of 1:37.0 was nearly 2 seconds ahead of the next best team.
The Cruaders will return to action on Saturday December 22nd for another OCIAA Developmental meet.
Top 6 Performances from Friday Night's Meet:
Crusaders Begin Drive for Five at OCIAA Developmental Meet
12/7/12 - Gillis Fieldhouse - West Point, NY- The Monroe-Woodbry Boys Indoor Track and Field Team began its quest for a 5th consecutive OCIAA championship with a solid showing Friday night. A solid mix of veterans and newcomers put together excellent early season performances.
Senior Amin Tmimi and Junior Travis Fountain combined for a one-two finsih in the Pole Vault. Their efforts were matched in the other field events. The Crusaders placed well in the shot put and long, triple and high jumps.
Competing in their first indoor meets, Brandon Richardson and Seth Wilson immidiatley put themselves in position to score pointswhen the championship meets come. Richardson placed first in the High Jump with a leap of 6 feet. He then placed fourth in his debut in the triple jump. Wilson blazed to an early season 6.6 in the 55m. He also led off the 4th place 800m relay.
The Crusaders return to action this Friday night when they will compete in another OCIAA Developmental meet at West Point.
TOP 6 Performances from Friday night's meet: