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ALL-BIG NORTH UNITED TEAMS
Congratulations to these Crusaders who were named to the Big North Conference United Division All-Star team:
FIRST TEAM: Rahmir Johnson - 200 meters, Jack Welch - 800 meters, Braedon Fiume - 1600 meters, Elias Shaia - 3200 meters, James Blair - high jump. Ivan Jacob - pole vault. John High - shot put. Dean Williamson - All-Around.
SECOND TEAM: Adrian Taffe - 100 meters, Owen McCarthy - 800 meters, Graydon Nichols - 1600 meters, Jaden Ebanks - long jump, Henry Hughes - triple jump, Emmett Walsh - pole vault, Sean Lennox – discus, Paul Caprio - javelin
HONORABLE MENTION: Eamon Bednarcik
COACH OF THE YEAR: Bill Leonard
BC as a team was the conference champion, with an undefeated dual meet record and a first-place finish at the conference championship meet.
 

4x800 RELAY TAKES FIRST AT NJISAA NPA CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 31 – Bayville, NJ – The Crusader Track team competed in the two-day Non-Public A Group Championships and had a number of athletes step up in a major way to put the Crusaders in third place with 26 team points, after one day and eight events in the meet. The 4x800 Relay team of Jack Welch, Owen McCarthy, Graydon Nichols and Braedon Fiume finished first in their event with a time of 8:12.19.

Here are some of the results from Central Regional High School on Friday and Saturday:
Boys 100 Meter Dash - 3rd Place Rahmir Johnson 11.21
Boys 1600 Meter Run - 5th Place Braedon Fiume 4:21.32
Boys High Jump - 5th Place Ivan Jacob 6-00.00; 7th Place James Blair 5-10.00
Boys Triple Jump - 3rd Place Henry Hughes 44-02.00
Boys Discus Throw - 9th Place Dean Williamson 149-08
June 1 – Bayville, NJ – A strong effort yielded a number of additional place winners on Saturday. Here are the results.
Boys 200 Meter Dash - 12th Place James Blair 23.12
Boys 800 Meter Run - 5th Place Braedon Fiume 1:57.07; 13th Place Jack Welch 2:00.85; 14th Place Owen McCarthy 2:01.39
Boys 3200 Meter Run - 13th Place Graydon Nichols 10-19.86
Boys 4x100 Relay - 6th Place Bergen Catholic 43.93
Boys Long Jump - 4th Place Jaden Ebanks 20-11.50; 7th Place Rahmir Johnson 20-9.00
Boys Pole Vault - 7th Place Ivan Jacob 11-06.00
Boys Shot Put - 8th Place Dean Williamson 47-09.00
Boys Javelin - 2nd Place Dean Williamson 173-11.50

BERGEN FRESHMAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 22 – Ramsey, NJ - BC's freshman track team traveled to Ramsey H.S. on Wednesday, for the Bergen County Freshman Championships. There were a number of season bests put up by the team, and they were led by two multiple-event medalists, Fabian France and Alex Shaia. Shaia won the freshman 1600-meter championship, and came back just a few minutes later to take fourth in the 800 meters, then joined Miles Suit, Timmy Caulfield, and France to capture third in the 4 x 400 relay. But the Crusader who took home the trophy for the meet's Outstanding Track Athlete was Fabian France, who took first in the 100, second in the 200 and long jump, and anchored the 4 x 400 relay. Fabian scored 27.5 points by himself in leading the team to a 4th place overall finish.


STATE SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 20-21 – Ramsey, NJ – 
The BC Track team turned in the top finish in school history at the Non-Public "A" North state sectional track championships, scoring over 100 team points in the two-day meet held at Don Bosco. Unfortunately, the Crusaders could not overtake a powerful St. Peter's team, who took first, while BC outpaced third place PC by 40 points. 
     There were many excellent individual and relay performances by BC athletes, and a total of 11 individuals and all 3 relay teams qualified for the state championships on May 31 – June 1. 
     The scoring was led by senior Rahmir Johnson, who won the 100, was second in the 200, third in the long jump, and anchored the winning 4 x 400 relay team (26.5 points). Senior Braedon Fiume also had an excellent meet, winning the 1600, taking second in the 800, and running a leg on the championship 4 x 400 (20.5). Also qualifying in 4 separate events was senior James Blair, who took second in the hurdles, and also qualified in the 200, the high jump, and the 4 x 100 relay. Senior Dean Williamson had an ironman performance in the throws, qualifying in all three events (second in the javelin and fourth in the shot and discus for 16 total points), and senior Ivan Jacob also qualified in three events (hurdles, high jump, pole vault). The Crusaders won sectional titles in both the 4 x 400 relay (sophomore Owen McCarthy, seniors Jack Welch, Fiume, and Johnson) and the 4 x 800 relay (freshman Alex Shaia, McCarthy, and seniors Elias Shaia and Welch). 
A total of 13 athletes will travel to Central Regional in Bayville for the State Championships.


NJCTC FRESHMAN-SOPHOMORE CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 19 – Lawrenceville, NJ – 
The younger half of the BC track team traveled to Notre Dame H.S. for the NJ Catholic Track Conference Freshman/Sophomore Championships.
The Crusaders were led by freshman Fabian France, who won the 200 meters and long jump, and took second in the 100 for a total of 28 team points. The other individual champion was sophomore Justin Martone in the high hurdles. Other top finishes (all silver medalists) were put up by sophomore Alex Ust in the javelin, freshman Johnny Aghjayan in the discus, and freshman Alex Shaia in the 800 meters. Sophomore Emmett Walsh was third in the pole vault. In all, 12 separate athletes earned medals.



BERGEN MEET OF CHAMPIONS

May 17 – Hackensack, NJ – BC enjoyed a successful evening at the Bergen Meet of Champions at Hackensack H.S. Crusader athletes took gold in 2 events, and placed in several others.
For the third year in a row, senior Rahmir Johnson was the class of the field in the 200 meters, winning by almost 10 meters. Senior Braedon Fiume used a late-race surge to win the 800 meters. Other medalists were sophomore Adrian Taffe in the 100 and senior Graydon Nichols in the 1600. For their efforts, Johnson and Fiume will be recognized as first-team all-Bergen County track athletes.


TRACK OUTPERFORMS ALL COMERS AT COUNTIES
May 11 – Old Tappan -The BC track team completed a historic conference and county schedule on Saturday at the Bergen County Championships at Northern Valley Old Tappan Regional High School. In winning the team championship over runner-up Paramus Catholic by a score of 220 to 178, the Crusaders completed the "double triple crown" - winning conference AND county championships in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track for the first time in school history.
     BC got scoring contributions from an incredible 21 different athletes, led by seniors Rahmir Johnson (30), Dean Williamson (26), Ivan Jacob (24), Braedon Fiume and Graydon Nichols (20 each). Especially noteworthy performances were contributed by Johnson (2 wins and 2 seconds), Nichols (2 wins, including a county-leading performance in the 1600), and Williamson (a win and 2 seconds, including qualifying for the national championships in the javelin). The Crusaders definitely lived up to their #1 ranking in North Jersey!
     A record 10 BC athletes are expected to be invited to the Bergen Meet of Champions on Friday, May 17th at Hackensack, after which the Crusaders will contend for a state sectional championship at Don Bosco on 5/20-21.
Thanks to Coach Bill Leonard, Sr., who shared this article.


TRACK AND FIELD TAKES BIG NORTH UNITED TITLE
May 2 – Ridgewood, NJ – The BC Track team completed a Conference clean sweep by winning the Big North Conference Championship meet over runner-up Paramus Catholic by a score of 158-101. That gives the Crusaders conference titles in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track for the 2018-19 school year, including an undefeated dual meet record.
     Despite having to compete on the day of the senior prom, BC put the meet away early, rolling to event victories by seniors Rahmir Johnson (100, 200, long jump), Ivan Jacob (pole vault, high jump), Braedon Fiume (1600), Jack Welch (800), and Elias Shaia (3200). Rahmir's times in the 100 and 200 are #1 in Bergen County this year, and his 200 time (21.64) is #1 in New Jersey, despite rainy conditions. Other top scorers were seniors Dean Williamson (2nd in the shot, discus, and javelin) and James Blair (2nd in the hurdles and high jump, and 4th in the 200). In all, 21 different athletes contributed to the scoring, making it another great team performance.
     Next, the Crusaders go for the triple crown at the County Group meet on 5/10-11.
Story contributed by, Bill Leonard, Sr.


CRUSADERS ESTABLISH DOMINANCE IN TRACK WITH 103-36 VICTORY OVER DON BOSCO PREP
April 16 – Ramsey, NJ – The Crusaders won fourteen of sixteen events and took apart Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey by a score of 103-36. The Crusaders are 4-0 on the season, defeating all of their BNC United Division foes in the regular season.
     Senior Sprinter, Rahmir Johnson cruised to a victory in the 100M Dash with a 10.80 time. Adrian Taffe ran the 400M in 0:53.70 and Jack Welch followed in the 800 with a time of 1:59.40. Braedon Fiume took home the 1600M in 4:28.90 and Graydon Nichols won the 3200M with a time of 9:49.70.
     James Blair won the 110Hurdles in 15.40 and Ivan Jacob won the high jump with a flop of 5’6” and had a ten-foot vault for first place. Dean Williamson threw his shot 47’1” for first place and followed up with a 122’ discus throw for first place.
     BC’s 1600M Relay of Elijah Sommerville, Alex Shaia, Jack Welch and Owen McCarthy won handily with a time of 3:34.20 and Rahmir Johnson ran a terrific 22.10 in the 200M.
     Dean Williamson completed his hat trick, winning the Javelin with a throw of 151 feet and Jaden Ebanks won the Long Jump with a jump of twenty feet, six inches.
 



BC WINS JACK YOCKERS RELAYS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR

April 10-13 - Oradell, NJ - At the Bergen County Relays, the Crusaders captured their second consecutive county championship by a score of 136 to 117 for Paramus Catholic and 105 for Don Bosco. BC won 8 of the 16 events, as well as taking 4 seconds and 4 thirds. Golds were won by the Pole Vault, 4 x 1600, Distance Medley, Javelin, Shot Put, Sprint Medley, High Jump, and 4 x 800 relays. Twenty-two separate athletes contributed points to the cause, with senior Henry Hughes leading the way with 12 points, followed by senior James Blair with 9.5. Senior Braedon Fiume anchored 3 scoring relays, and was nominated for track athlete of the meet. Senior Elias Shaia was part of the most winning relays - three. A great team performance.
 
 
WHAT A FINISH! CRUSADERS CRUISE ON SENIOR DAY VS. DEPAUL CATHOLIC
April 2 – Oradell, NJ – Seniors Rahmir Johnson (11.00) and James Blair (11.50) were the one-two punch in the 100 M opening spring and Braeden Fiume (53.10) and Jack Welch (54.50) followed up with the top two finishes in the 400 Meter run as BC more than quintupled its opponent from Wayne 106-20 on Tuesday.
Seniors continued to dominate the afternoon as Elias Shaia won the 800M with a time of 2:06.20 and Graydon Nichols won his mile/1600M in 4:39.50 and then the 3200M in 10:13.00. Blair won the 110M High Hurdles in 16.70 and the
     1600M Relay (Owen McCarthy, Elias Shaia, Fiume and Jack Welch) won with a time of 3:49.20. Johnson and Blair combined to win the 200 with times of 23.30 and 23.80 respectively and Emmett Walsh brought home the bacon in the 400M hurdles with a time of 1:06.60.
     Field events were just as dominating with Dean Williamson winning both shot put (45’4.5”) and discus (120’10”) and newbie powerhouse, John High, starring in his third varsity sport this year threw 41’5.25” and 109’10” in his debut. Each throw was good enough for second. Sean Lennox showed good form, throwing a 34’1.25” and 92’5” respectively in the shot and discus. Ivan Jacob won the pole vault with a height of 9’00” and no competition. Fellow jumper, Henry Hughes won long jump (17’10.5”) and triple jump (37’7”). Fabian France placed second in the long jump with 16’4.5” on the afternoon.

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