It was closer than expected but Susan Wagner fended off the upstart McKee/SI Tech Seagulls to defend their Indoor Staten Island PSAL crown with 195 points.
Rather than the more familiar names, John Vitucci was the Falcons’ unexpected hero of the day after taking gold in both the 55-meters (6.89) and the 300 (37.04).
In the field, the Falcons got a major boost from Adrian Pocesta’s double-gold in the shot put (42-10 ¾) and the weight throw (58-0) for 20 points. Jumper Max Corpus fell just short of that scoring output with 18, winning the triple jump (40-9) and taking second to Tottenville’s Andre Chen (20-1 ½) with a 20-0 mark.
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Wagner also got exciting wins on the track from Josep Romero in the 1,600 (4:40.61) and Muhammed Qadri in the 3,200 (10:09.60).
In the 1,000, however where freshman phenom Michael Rodriguez-King had been money all year long, it was Tottenville’s Matthew Goetz who took gold, shocking the heavily favored Rodriguez-King (2nd, 2:41.78) by running a seven-second personal best 2:41.04.
Runner-up MSIT kept it tight, finishing with 171 points primarily from the field events, with Matthew Marlin (5-10) led a 1-3 finish in the high jump and in the pole vault where Casey Weiler (11-0) led a Seagull 1st-through-4th finish.
Brandon Marks notably tallied two silvers in the shot put (42-10 ¾) and the high jump (5-8) to go along with a third-place bronze in the pole vault (10-0).
On the girls’ side Susan Wagner took their second-straight Staten Island PSAL crown with 174 points behind Kathryn Altieri’s triple gold.
The diminutive junior dominated the distance events, winning the 3,000 (11:17.95), the 1,500 (4:58.90) and as part of the Falcons’ 4x800 relay, teaming with Madison Codoner, Victoria Morrongiello and Abigail Hughes for a time of 10:23.10.
Curtis took second with 126 points behind freshman Kortney Brown who put on a show in the sprints, winning the 55-meters (7.41) and the 300 (41.53). Trinity Kinard added a win in the high jump with a height of 4-8.
Cassidy Williams won both the 600 (1:39.52) and the 1,000 (3:16.48) to lead MSIT to a third-place finish with 64 points.
New Dorp’s multi-talented Jessica Prentice scored a win in the long jump with a 16-0 ½ mark, also adding a silver in the 300 (41.95 seconds), and a third place medal in the 55-meter dash (7.58 seconds).
The PSAL City Championships are slated for February 16 at the Armory.