County Relay Champions!

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.

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.

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.


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.
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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