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Susan Wagner sweeps boys and girls Island PSAL Track titles

By Jason Paderon

Susan Wagner proved that they’re class of the Island in the PSAL, winning both the boys and the girls borough championships in convincing fashion Saturday at Icahn Stadium.

Christopher Adekoya starred on the day, scoring 30 of the Falcons’ 266.30 points, taking first in the long jump (19-8 ¼), the 200-meter dash (23.16 seconds) and the 100 (11.33 seconds).

The 800 saw one of the more exciting finishes as freshman Michael Rodriguez-King held off a hard-charging Caleb Rojas of MSIT for the title by a thousandth of a second — Rodriguez-King at 2:00.80, Rojas at 2:00.81. It was breakthrough performance for the senior Rojas whose previous best was 2:04.72.

MSIT took second place overall with 241.20 points led by Brandon Marks who fell just short of triple gold, settling for second in the discus (114-7) after winning both the shot put (41-8) and the javelin (132-5).

Casey Weiler also tallied 20 points, taking both the triple jump (37-7 ½) and the pole vault (12-6).

In the 110-hurdles, senior Tim Sary hit his new personal best time of 16.83 to take down the title. Sary was also the winner in the high jump, with a clearance of 5-10.

Port Richmond, the Island’s top 4x100 team, won easily in 43.75 seconds, well ahead of second-place Wagner (47.07). Their 43.44 from earlier this year is currently tops in the PSAL and No. 15 in the state.

On the girls’ side, Katie Altieri was her usual, brilliant self, earning wins individually in both the 3,000 (11:09.09) and the 1,500 (4:57.33) as well as taking gold as part of Susan Wagner’s 4x800 relay (10:14.22).

In the 800, Victoria Morrongiello eked by CSI/McCown’s Lydia Zheng in the waning moments for the win in 2:22.63. Zheng would finish in 2:23.64.

Curtis took second overall in team scoring with 146 points, behind triple gold-medalist Kortney Brown, the winner in the 100-meter dash, (12.75), the 200 (26.35), and the anchor of the Warriors’ 4x100 (50.51).

CSIM’s Chloe Haylock, bolstered her team to third place with 116 points, by adding the 100-meter gold (17.93 seconds) to her pentathlon championship from earlier in the week (1723 points).

MSIT’s Cassidy Williams took win in the 400, coming in at 1:00.54, outlasting CSIM’s Zheng (2nd, 1:01.08) and Curtis’ Mariame Aghailas (3rd, 1:01.39) in a close race.