BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Bronxville High School track and field coach Jim Mitchell has his team primed and ready for the final big meets of the season after Saturday's strong showing at the Somers Lions Club meet where the Broncos girls took the open title. The Broncos will host the league championships Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at Bronxville High School.
"We have been coming to the Somers meet for 20 years and have been second many times, so this is our first win," Mitchell said. "With 25 events contested it is almost impossible for a small school to win the open championship."
The remarkable super running sophomore Mary Cain continued her quest to qualify for the Olympic Trials this summer in the 1,500 meters after having made the time requirement for the 800 earlier this year. Cain ran a stunning 4:17.1, a Section 1 and state record, but one tenth on a second off the necessary 4:17 for B standard qualifying. If Cain does make the 4:17 mark she must be in the top 30 A/automatic and B/provisional times to make the Trials.
Mitchell singled out the 4X1600 meter and sprint relay teams for their performances and Emilie Hoffer and Meredith Rizzo for their wins in the 3,000-meter and 800-meter events, respectively. The Broncos finished the meet with 103 points, 21 points ahead of second-place Mount Vernon.
"We are coming off a great meet at Somers into Tuesday's league championships and Friday's Friendship Games," Mitchell said. "Lucy Kohlhoff ran four great races (400 meters and three relays) and Hillary Rizzo and Lucy Phillips ran great anchors."
Bronxville's relay teams were the key to the overall victory with the Hoffer, Delia Hayes, Courtney Campbell and Meredith Rizzo team running a time of 21:07 in the 4x1600 relay and Ana Timoney, Caroline DePaul, Hillary Rizzo and Kohlhoff taking first in the Sprint Relay in a time of 4:16.5.
Claire Sargent placed second in the shot put with a toss of 33-feet, 4.5-inches and the Broncos' 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams each placed second overall.
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