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  • Writer's pictureCoach Dinkins


STATEN ISLAND, NY – On Saturday, January 8th the Crusaders competed in the Ocean Breeze Freedom Games at the Ocean Breeze Facility in Staten Island, NY. The meet was well organized, and the competition was intense. Many teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York were present. There were no Freshman, Sophomore or Junior Varsity events. Everyone had to compete in a varsity event. The following events were contested: 55 meters, 300, 600, 1000, & 1600 meters race. 3200 meter relay, 55 meters hurdles, 4x200, 4x400, 4x800 meter relay. Shot Put, High Jump, Triple Jump, Pole Vault, Long Jump and Weight Throw. Medals were awarded to the top 6 athletes in their event / gender.

Medals were hard to earn, but Crusaders were able to muscle 5 medals. Dakota Hickman continues to show that she is one of the top athletes in the High Jump, she earned a 4th place medal. Freshman’s Dakota Hickman, Kimaris Hickman, Saniah Caldwell and Candice Palmer earned 5th place medals in the Girls 4x200 meter relay. Taking 5th out of 33 varsity teams is an awesome task. Plus, Rakae Thomas and Dontae Lindo also broke their personal records in the 300 meters. Freshman Tristan Vega ran a respectful time in his first ever 600 meters.

Our next meet is on Saturday, January 15th, CHSAA BQNY Freshman / Sophomore Boys Championship @ Ocean Breeze Facility in Staten Island, NY and on Sunday, January, the Stanner Games at the Armory in Fort Washington NY.

Coach Winston Dinkins

Picture: Monsignor Scanlan High School’s athletes at the Ocean Breeze Freedom Games.

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