Fordham Prep Cross Country/Track 2008-2009

Previous Seasons:  

Cross Country Indoor Track Outdoor Track
9/1 - Pre-Season Run 11/29 - Molloy Developmant Meet
9/6 - CHSAA Practice Meet CANCELLED 12/7 - Fordham Prep Kick Off
9/12 - Red Raider Invitational 12/13 - CHSAA Relay Carnival
9/13 - Regis Invitational 12/20 - Ignatian Invitational
9/20 - JFK Invitational - Somers, NY 12/20 - Loughlin Games
9/26 - Fordham Prep Dev't - Cancelled 12/22 - Jumps Fest
9/27 - McQuaid Invitational 12/27 - Marine Corps Holiday Classic
9/29 - Jim Scott Challenge 12/29 - Grinch Games
10/4 - Mayor's Cup 1/3 - CHSAA Junior Midget/Novice
10/10 - All Hallows Invite 1/9 - Soph Sectionals
10/11- Manhattan Invitational 1/9 - Bronx Champs
10/15 - Bronx Champs & Soph Sectionals 1/10 - Hispanic Games
10/18 - FP Frosh Relays 1/14 - Millrose Trials
10/18 - NYC XC Carnival 1/16 - Jesuit Champs
10/25 - Sectionals 1/17 - Stanner Games
11/1 - CHSAA Frosh & Soph Cities 1/24 - New Balance Games
11/8 - City Champs 1/25 - Sectional Champs
11/15 - Jesuits 1/30 - Millrose Games
1/31 - Midterm Mdaness & Mayor's Cup
2/6 - New Balance Collegiate
 2/24 - Eastern States Champs



The National Championship Story, both inspiring and infuriating, to come.
Seaton 49.2, Jennings 49.8, Petrovich 48.3, Keefer 47.2

4x400 takes 3rd at States!

6/12-13 - NY State Champs - Cicero-North Syracuse HS 
6/13 - Day 2 - Hamstring trouble hampers Wayne in the 110 hurdles (14.64 in semis) and in 4x400, but squad pulls out 3rd place medals at states!  3:19.09 - Seaton 51.1, Jennings 50.1, Petrovich 49.4, Keefer 48.3.
6/12 - Day 1 - Wayne Seaton lowers school record to 14.47, running the 2nd-fastest 110mHH race in the qualifying round.  The 4x400 qualifies for the final 6th, running 3:19.81 (Seaton 51.1, Jennings 50.1, Petrovich 49.8,  Keefer 48.7).   John Horvath takes 12th in state with 13'6" vault. 
Big Day ahead on Saturday!

6/6 - Eastern States Champs - Iona Prep
Dylan LaGamma closes out a versatile HS career, launching Javelin 161'5" for 5th place at Easterns!  Carlos Petrovich blazes to 1:55.53 4th place in 800m, John Horvath clears 14',  and Zach Keefer rips 22.64 for close 2nd in 200m.  

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4x800 Record Falls at "Fast Times"

6/1/09 - Warwick "Fast Times" Relays - Warwick HS
Prep repeats as Warwick Winners with exciting 7:46.4 win.  O'Connell 1:59.4, Petrovich 1:54.9 PR, Keefer 1:57.3, Jennings 1:54.8.
4x400 tosses in unprecedented double, winning in 3:18.99.  Jennings 50.4, Seaton 49.5 PR, Petrovich 49.2, Keefer 49.5. 
Jourdan White takes 2nd in HJ w/ 6'4" leap
John Horvath 3rd at 13'6" in PV
photo courtesy

Prep 4x400 Races to 2nd best time in CHSAA history

l-r Coach G. Febles, Pat Reilly '70, Wayne Seaton '09, Mike Jennings '09, Fred Miller '69, Carlos Petrovich '09, Coach I. George Febles, Zach Keefer '09 and Coach Paul Collins '05          photo by Shannon San George

5/30/09 - Reebok Grand Prix - Icahn Stadium, Randalls Island
Prep takes 4th in international field, despite tough trip.   Wayne Seaton 49.6, Mike Jennings 50.7, Carlos Petrovich 48.8, Zach Keefer 47.3.   3:16.66 is 2nd fastest relay in CHSAA history and ranks behind only Fordham Prep '69 (3:17.0y)!   


The Historic Class of 2009 puts their stamp on an era with a convincing victory at the 2009 CHSAA Championship.  


Sat 5/23 - 82nd CHSAA Championship - Icahn Stadium
 Complete Results   
Prep wins 5th title behind double hurdle wins from Wayne Seaton (pictured), and school jumps records from Andrew Hemmings (46'0.25" TJ & 22'6" LJ).  Zach Keefer (48.75 400m) anchors state-bound  4x400m, Jourdan White takes 2nd in HJ, Jon Annunziata 4th in SP, John Horvath, Tom Ferguson and Anthoiny Carr go 3-4-5 in PV,  and Dylan LaGamma takes 5th in the Javelin.  Bruce Grant takes 4th

 in 100m with broken jaw,  Carlos Petrovich is 4th in 800m and burns 48.9 400m split, Mike Jennings is 5th fastest miler in Prep history with 4:20.55 4th and tosses in a PR 49.7 400m split.   Ed Allison places 4th in 110mHH.  Many inspiring performances include senior milestones: first 40 foot toss by Mike Troiano, 4:59.96 mile performance from Matt Forzano and first 12 foot vault by PJ DiIorio.  And great PRs from Phil O'Connnell (1:58.6), Lucas Anstotz (2:04.9), Jared Blake (51.5) and Anthony Rivera (50.7).   Congrats on an historic season!
Read On.....New York Times mention by Bill Miller report by Chris Hunt Journal News Article by Matt Ng Daily News Article by Ian Begley and the City Championship story by a friend of the Prep; and check out Ed Jennings '08 extensive race videos!
also: Someone email the team photo at meet's end to Coach Febles

5/16/09 - NY Sectionals - Mount
Prep wins exciting Archdiocesan title in the last event, topping defending champs Farrell 88.5 to 86.  Andrew Hemmings and Wayne Seaton earn MVP honors,  Ed Allison, Carlos Petrovich, Jon Annunziata and Jourdan White also bank exciting gold medal performances.   Breakout races for Phil O'Connell (1:59.10 800m bronze) and Joe Adamo (10:20 Steeplechase), and many great contributions to the win!
Junior-Midgets pitch in with Sectional title over Xavier!

Seniors Ed Allison (r.) and Rad Arrindell (l.) took 1st and 5th in the 110m High Hurdles

5/13 - NYCHSAA Frosh & Soph Champs - Mount St. Michael
Frosh take 2nd in nailbiter to City champs Xavier, 64-61.  great performances by City Champion Mike Lester in the Javelin and 1-2 finish in the Hurdles by Eric Kim and Challenor Robertson.  Sophs take 3rd on the strength of great races all around!
Fri 5/8 - Loucks Games  - White Plains HS
Records continue to tumble as Andrew Hemmings
(pictured, photo by Tim Fulton, knocks down venerated Prep Long Jump record with 22'4.5" 2nd place! (Old rec Jourdan White 22'1.25" 2008).  Zach Keefer shaves his own 400m record with 48.50 bronze!  Great races from Mike Jennings (4:21.36 1600m and 1:56.45 800m), Carlos Petrovich (1:56.15 800m and 50.00 400m), and superb vaulting as John Horvath, Tom Ferguson, Keegan Talty and Anthony Carr all clear 13 '0" and claim 3 of 6 Loucks Games medals!

Sat 5/9 - Frosh & Soph CHSAA Champs   - Icahn Stadium
Soph take 2nd place despite numerous obstacles!  Sal Annunziata takes SP Title!  Berent Kowarick & Pat Civetta go 2-3 in PV!  Antonio Rosa 2nd in Steeple!   Brian Carey gets 2nd in 110mHH & 3rd in 400IH!  Trevon Tann 3rd in HJ!
Frosh 4th behind great hurdling from Eric Kim and Challenor Robertson, fine vaults from Gio Graziosa and Adam Loughlin,  great horizontal jumping from Brian O'Rourke and a 3rd place 3200m from Greg McNamara!


Sophs take 2nd at Cities!

Fri 5/8 - Loucks Games - White Plains HS
Varsity competitors leave Prep 1:15pm (after 6th per.)

Sat 5/9 - Frosh & Soph CHSAA Champs  - Icahn Stadium
All Frosh & Sophs be at Icahn by 8:00am and stay until 3:00pm for thius Championship meet.  Bus leaves Prep 7:00am

Sat 5/9 - Loucks Games  - White Plains HS
Varsity competitors' bus leaves Prep at TBA; see Mr. Febles

Sun 5/3 - Jesuit Champs - Mt. St. Michael HS
Prep wins, James Gallo logs huge 3200m PR (10:13) in the pouring rain. 

Mon 4/27 - Fordham Prep Development Meet - Pelham Bay Park


4/24-25/09 - 115th Penn Relays - Phila., PA
2 School Records, and the fastest 4x400m in NYS!  3:18.68 wins heat and was the fastest time of the day at the time!  Seaton 51.4, Jennings 50.4, Petrovich 49.3 and Keefer 47.3---fastest 400m split in Prep history!
  Wayne Seaton (l. photo by takes 4th place in the 400m Hurdles setting a new school record of 53.96! (old rec 55.11 Greg Sans 2004).  
  Andrew Hemmings has great day on the runway with 5 jumps over 44 feet, finishing up in 8th place with a new Prep record of 45 feet 9 inches!
  John Horvath makes nice comeback with 13'3" vault.
Friday at the Relays: 4x800 runs 7:59.21: Griffiths 2:04.2, Petrovich 2:01.1, Jeninngs 1:57.7, Keefer 1:55.9; 4x100m Relay of Jared Blake, Anthony Rivera, Frank D'Agostino and Ramzy Salem display superb stickpassing en route to quick 44.57!

And thanks to alums Greg San George '68, Jim De Rienzo '75, Tom Pandaleon '75 and Kevin Farragher '75 who made the trip to Philly to support the team!
4/22/09 - CHSAA Novice & Jr Midget Championships - Icahn Stadium
Prep takes 2nd in both divisions.  Kyle Willemite sweeps Javelin and Shot Put.  Greg McNamara wins 2 mile run.  Lucas Keefer wins SubMidget 400m Run
Senior Anthony Rivera stepped up "big time" with a fine 50.8 leadoff on the fastest 4x400m in the State this season.  photo by Prep Hall of Famer John Hallinan '70 4/17-18 - New York Relays - Icahn Stadium
3:19.15!  High drama on Randall's Island as Bruce Grant is injured in freak accident in Shuttle Hurdle Relay.   With Bruce out, it fell to Anthony Rivera to fill in on the tough leadoff spot.  Logging a 1 second PR (50.8), the team of Mike Jennings (50.4), Carlos Petrovich (49.8) and Zach Keefer (47.9) won in dramatic fashion, in a state-leading 3:19.15, qualifying for the 5/30/09 Reebok Grand Prix Meet. 
Andrew Hemmings PRs 21'8" LJ for top jump at the meet!  Dylan LaGamma takes 6th with 152'0" PR!.  Jon Annunziata and Mike Seminario take 4th in SP Relay!  John Horvath returns to form with 13'6" PV and teamed with Anthony Carr 13', take first place in PV relay!   800m PRs: Phil O'Connell 2:00.2 and Lucas Anstotz 2:06.2. 

Senior Anthony Rivera stepped up "big time" with a fine 50.8 leadoff on the fastest 4x400m in the State this season.

photo by Prep Hall of Famer John Hallinan '70

4/15 - CHSAA Relay Carnival - Icahn Stadium
Jon Annunziata and Kyle Willemite are Shot Put relay Champs, Challenor Robertson is top Frosh Hurdler, Shuttle Hurdle relay (Hemmings, Allison and Grant) takes gold and just misses Prep record.   Gio Graziosa wins Frosh PV.
4/13 -  Iona Prep Invitational - Iona Prep HS
Zach Keefer takes down Prep 400m record!   Opens outdoor campaign with a state-leading :48.3 win in 45 degree temps.   Mike Jennings wins thrilling 800m in 1:56.5.  Andrew Hemmings and Jon Annunziata win LJ & SP.  Antonio Rosa wins the Soph 1500.  Nice returns by John Horvath and Jourdan White.

Passing the baton......
Brian Doherty '06 (r.), former Prep 400m record holder (49.1), on hand to congratulate the Prep's new quarter mile king
photo by Coach Carney

Brian Doherty '06 (r.), former Prep 400m record holder (49.1), on hand to congratulate the Prep's new quarter mile king

4/8-  3rd Annual Fordham- Xavier Dual Meet - Joe Fox Track
Andrew Hemmings sets new 180 Yard Low Hurdles Meet Record, Throwers Mike Troiano, Max Kinder and Matthew Ortega sweep SP golds, Tom Jennings turns in quick 7:38 1.5 mile win.

4/4 - Mount Relays - Mt. St. Michael
 Wayne Seaton and Ramzy Salem run quick 400IHs in cold, blustery weather; Soph Trevon Tann HJs 5'8"!  Andrew Petrovich takes close 2nd with 12'0" PV.

3/31 - Fordham Prep Invitational - Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, NY
 Max Kinder hauls Jav 149'11"! 

3/28 - Hornet Relays - Icahn Stadium
 Shuttle Hurdle Relay takes 2nd!



#1 in NY
Fordham Prep Ends 2009 Indoor Season
with Top Ranking in the State

Dream Weekend......
National Record
Shuttle Hurdle Relay blazes to National Championship and runs fastest time in US History

Race Video

Interview Video
Sprint Sensations
Sprint Medley Relay races to CHSAA Record 3:29.87, placing second and securing #1 time in New York State

Video (SMR heat 6)
The State's Best Athlete?
Wayne Seaton takes 3rd in the Pentathlon, grabbing 3rd All-American honor, ranking 1st in NY State, and setting a new CHSAA record
Matt Febles
1996 Olympic Champion Dan O'Brien and Wayne Seaton
Going Deep
Jon Annunziata breaks 50 foot barrier with 50'7.25" toss at Nationals.  Best Prep throw since the great Mike Sangobowale in 2001
Matt Febles
Jon Annunziata, flanked by Joe Paulus and brother Sal

Middle Distance Magic
4x800 meter relay executed perfectly, comes up just shy of National title in repeat finish of Washington Twp, NJ.
Time of 7:52.29 ends season as top time in New York State

Griffiths 1:58,9, Petrovich 1:58.3, Keefer 1:55.7, Jennings 1:59.1


National Champions Andrew Hemmings, Ed Allison, Bruce Grant, Wayne Seaton and Coach George Febles, Sr. beside the tribute to legendary Fordham Prep Coach Joe Fox at the Armory

3/13/09 - National Scholastic Indoor Championships - Armory
They knew they were going up against one of the best hurdle teams ever in Sheepshead Bay, but Coach Febles' charges had eyed this date since the season started in the fall.  And like every Prep runner, they had a rich history on their side.   Andrew Hemmings, Ed Allison and Bruce Grant kept it close, and when Wayne Seaton crossed the line just .03 ahead of their Brooklyn rivals, the Prep faithful erupted.  A NEW NATIONAL RECORD of 29.15 (old record was 29.24 by Metuchen HS ion 1972) now belongs to the Rams! 

Tantalizingly close to another National title only 3 hours later, the Sprint Medley Relay of Seaton, Grant, Zach Keefer and Mike Jennings just missed minting rings of their own, but set a new CHSAA record in the event, taking 2nd in the Nation.  Seaton led off in first place in 22.3, Grant handed off a close 2nd in 22.5, Keefer motored into first place with a 49.1 second 400m, and Mike Jennings ran his best 800m of the season (1:55.8) but just got edged down the straightaway.  Their time of 3:29.87 breaks Bishops Loughlin's CHSAA indoor record of 3:30.90, set in 2001.   Andrew Hemmings long jumped a respectable 20'10.75", and the 4x400 just missed the final (Grant 53.1, Petrovich 50.1, Rivera 51.6, Keefer 49.5  3:24.45).   The history pages are crowded in Fordham Prep lore, but new stories were added this weekend and there are still two exciting days to go!

Race Video - Video: The National Record Holders' Interview

Dyestat Story - story - Journal News Story

Saturday, March 14th - National Champs - Armory
Wayne Seaton takes 3rd place in the Pentathlon to earn his 3rd All-American etching, and as top finisher from New York State, lays claim to unofficial title of "top athlete in the state".   And his gaudy score of 3644 may be a CHSAA record--the 4th record Wayne is a part of. 

Jon Annunziata smashes 50 foot barrier!  His toss of 50'7.25" is best at Prep since Mike Sangobowale in 2001 and first shot put over the half century mark in the "Phipps Era".  Congrats to Pupil and Coach!

Ramzy Salem put up some nice numbers in the Pent, including an 18'1" LJ,  before bowing out of the 1000m with hamstring injury.   Anthony Carr vaults 13 feet and Sophs Seminario, Paulus and Sal Annunziata log valuable Nationals experience.

Sunday, March 15, 2009
4x800 takes 2nd, lands another All-American honor, as team races  to perfectly executed 7:52.29--the #1 time in New York State this year.  Andrew Hemmings Tjs 42'10". 


3/7/09 - NY State Championships - Cornell Univ.
Wayne Seaton breaks 29-year old 55m Hurdle record with 7.42 2nd place finish!  Bruce Grant is 6th in #3 AllTime CHSAA 7.54!  4x800 is All-State with 3rd place finish!  Anthony Carr is 9th in PV at 13'6", Andrew Hemmings top 15 in LJ and TJ, Jourdan White, in his 5th state meet despite injury 


"Writing" His Ticket
photo by Tim Fulton of

2/24/09 - 72nd Eastern States Champs - Armory
Wayne Seaton had a 10 page paper hanging over his head on Tuesday night, but before he got to typing, he rewrote two school records in the space of 45 minutes.  His 7.47 for the 55m high hurdles lowered the school and Sectional Record, and his 22.24 in the 200 meter trials (run in difficult lane 2) also lowered his own school record (22.57 at last year's Easterns).  Wayne headlined a great meet for the Prep that saw Bruce Grant join Wayne in the hurdle finals, twice racing to PRs of 7.65 and 7.63.  The traditionally "stacked" event at Easterns is always the Distance Medley, and the Prep's squad held it's own, medalling in a fast 10:26.85.  Mike Jennings anchored in a personal best 4:22.4.   In the "nice prep for states" category, Anthony Carr pole vaulted 13'6" and Andrew Hemmings triple jumped 43'3.25".  And Zach Keefer ripped his 8th sub 50 second 400m of the season.....49.60    



2/14/09 - CHSAA Intersectional Champs..."The Cities" - Armory
Rams repeat as CHSAA Indoor Champions by virtue of a complete team effort.  54 points more than doubles 2nd place team, and is the highest total scored at the Cities since Loughlin scored 54 in 1982, and the biggest margin of victory (30pts) since 1960!  The Prep will send an unprecedented 9 athletes to the State Championships next month.    New! Cities Story by A Friend of the Prep!
Triple Jump: Andrew Hemmings earns Meet MVP for field events with 44'8" win and 21'2" LJ silver
High Jump: Jourdan White wins his 5th CHSAA HJ title with a 6'2" clearance, then LJs to 4th place with 20'9" leap. 
55mHH: Wayne Seaton and Bruce Grant BOTH dip under the 29 Year Old Meet record, going 1-2 in 7.60 and 7.66.  Ed Allison takes 6th, breaking 8 seconds for the first time (7.96)
600m: Zach Keefer pulls off spectacular come from behind win, breaking Conrad Dalton's  school record with a 1:20.90 effort.  New! 600m Video added!
1000m: Mike Jennings takes 3rd in fast 2:31.45, just missing Rey Mendez' 1993 school mark of 2:31.07
Pole Vault: Anthony Carr gets silver, leaping 13'6" and Keegan Talty clears 13'0" for 4th place
Shot Put: Mike Seminario takes 4th place in new school Soph record of 48'9.25", and Joe Paulus continues Soph wunderkind success, making final with 45' effort.  Ryan Fedak, Kyle Willemite and Paul Perez are newly minted 40 footers, earning throwers a team dinner.   (There goes the budget.....)
And the 4x800m Relay nailed it shut.  In all 8 team titels the Prep has won this decade, tehy've only won one relay title....until today.  When the Millrose quartet of Harley Griffiths, Petrovich, Jennings and Keefer narrowly miss meet record, racing to 7:56 victory

And just as key: Seniors Anthony Rivera and Ramzy Salem run valiant 4x400 legs before becoming victims of questionable disqualification call; Tom Jennings PRs with 10:05 3200m; Senior Tom Riley and Frosh Greg McNamara become newest sub-five milers; James Gallo wins Novice 1600m run in school novice record 4:45.14; Frosh Andrew Velasquez, Pat Gray, Gio Graziosa and Dennis Kennelly; Berent Kowarick vaults 12', then joins Tony Rosa, Doug O'Connell and Mike McNamara on 2nd fastest Soph 4x800 in Prep history
What a day!

2/8/09 - CHSAA Frosh & Soph Championships - Armory
Frosh & Sophs both take 2nd with great efforts.  The Prep scored more points combined than any team in the meet--a good sign of things to come.  Mike Seminarioe and Sal Annunziata lead 1-2 sweep in Soph Shot!
#1 in New York State!
Of course, it means nothing until we bring home the CHSAA title on Feb 14 (and our CHSAA competitors won't just hand it to us), but it's nice to be recognized by

2/6/09 - New Balance Collegiate Invitational
- Armory

The Prep 4x400 becomes part of history as they crush the school 4x400m record, running
3:20.24, breaking the record set 3 weeks ago.  The time is the best in the CHSAA since the historic 71 year-old league record of 3:20.1 (yards--converts to 3:19.14) set by DeLaSalle HS in 1938!  In addition, the winner of this year's race was New Bern of North Carolina, who broke the National 4x400m record, running 3:13.06. 

Bruce Grant '10:       51.1
Wayne Seaton '09:   50.0
Carlos Petrovich '09: 50.3
Zach Keefer '09:       48.4                    Bruce Grant led off in 51.1
                                                          photo by

watch in high quality                                  video by Tom McShane '10

 1/30/09 - 102nd Millrose Games - Madison Square Garden
What a night.  Griffiths, Petrovich, Keefer, Jennings.....all executed their race plans perfectly and brought home the George Eastment trophy signifying our third win in five years and 6th win in 8 years.....what a night!
Griffiths 2:01.5, Petrovich 2:00.2,  Keefer 1:59.7, Jennings 2:03.5    8:05.27  1st Place

1/31/09 - Mayor's Trophy Meet - Armory
Wayne Seaton Breaks NYCHSAA (Sectional) 55mHH record with incredible 7.52 clocking.
 Wayne's time is the fastest time run by a CHSAA runner in 29 years, when Molloy's Jim Bermudez set the still-standing CHSAA record of 7.43.  Wayne also PRd in the HJ, leaping 6'2" for 2nd place.  Vaulters score 4 places, Frosh medal in two relays, Jourdan White takes 3rd in HJ and Ed Allison PRs in the 55mHH (8.01). 

1/31/09 - Midterm Madness - Fordham University
Sal Annunziata takes Varsity Shot in 48'6", obliterating his own Soph school record.  Rad Arrindell 2nd in 55mHH 7.9 secs, Lucas Anstotz 4:47 1600m.


1/25/09 - NYCHSAA Champs - Armory
It was an historic day for an historic program.  A devastating 94 points makes the Rams repeat winners of the Archdiocesan Championship.  Wayne Seaton wins Meet MVP tying the school 55mHH record and winning the 300m fir the 2nd straight year.   Andrew Hemmings is Field Events MVP by virtue of his TJ win and LJ silver medal.  John Horvath leads spectacular vault crew with 14'6" silver, along with 18 inch PR from Anthony Carr (13'6") and 12'6" 5th from Keegan Talty.  Jon Annunziata wins Sectional Shot Put Champion with 49' 4" toss, and little brother Sal launches big PR and Soph School record with a 46' bronze.  And the regulars did their thing....Keefer, Petrovich, Grant, Griffiths, Jennings, White et al played big roles racing and jumping to state-ranked performances.   Congrats!

The Frosh had a great meet, but Xavier had a better one.  Congrats to Xavier on their first-ever NYCHSAA Frosh title.    And congrats to gold medal winners Gio Grazioza (PV), Andrew Velaquez (HJ) and the 4x200m Relay of Taylor Smith, Kevin Reich, Pat Gray, Challenor Robertson and Dennis Kennelly


1/24/09 - New Balance Games - Armory
Shuttle Hurdle Relay of Andrew Hemmings, Ed Allison, Bruce Grant and Wayne Seaton lower their own National Catholic Record by winning their 2nd straight major invitational.  They become the first Catholic school to dip under 30 seconds with their time of 29.93!

Fri 1/16:  52nd Jesuit Champs-  Prep takes 20th Straight thanks to virtually dozens of PRs

Sat 1/17:  Stanner Games at Armory sees 3 Prep and one National Catholic School Record fall at the hands of the Rams!
It's the rare and special coach that can coach a team to a National record, but how about coaching TWO teams to break the same national record?  That's Mr. George Febles Sr....
Two years ago his Fordham hurdlers broke the National Catholic School record in the Shuttle Hurdle relay, and less than two years later, with 4 DIFFERENT HURDLERS, his charges have done it again.  Proof that lightning strikes twice!

Of course, Coach Matt Febles wouldn't be outdone, as Andrew Hemmings is first Prep athlete to Triple Jump 45 feet!  Andrew is now ranked 4th in the State!

Zach Keefer ran a PR 1:21.49 600m, and anchored the school-record 4x400

photo courtesy Journal News

And those quarter milers.....8 of them to be exact.  Jennings, Petrovich, Seaton and Keefer lowered the Prep's school record to 3:23.08 (#4US, #2NY), but don't forget the 6th place "B" team of Bruce Grant, Anthony Rivera, Jared Blake and Ramzy Salem, who sailed to a time of 3:29.3.  Possibly the first time in Prep history two teams broke 3:30 in the same race!

See You at the Garden!
Prep 4x800 Qualifies for 7th Millrose in 8 Years
Seeks Permanent Title to Eastment Trophy

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1/14/09 - Millrose Games Time Trials - Armory
Entering the meet with the number one time in the State (7:52.99), the Prep 4x800 needed to simply make sure they "got in".  And they executed perfectly.  Zach Keefer led off in first place in 1:58.4,  Mike Jennings extended the lead wit a 1:57.5, Harley Griffiths kept the lead at 30 meters with a 2:00.7 and Carlos Petrovich closed in 1:58.0, just getting edged by Farrell's James Farley.  2nd in the trials, but looking to repeat history at the Garden in 16 days.....

Tickets!  Everybody goes.......
Over the years, the Prep has become a fixture at the Millrose Games with the largest, loudest contingent of teammates, alumni, family and friends.   See or email Mr. Febles asap about purchasing yours!

Bruce Grant Sets
new Prep Hurdle Record (Hand-Timed), Earns Bronx Champs MVP
Wayne Seaton Sets New Prep Hurdle Record (Auto-Timed), takes 5th at Hispanic
Zach Keefer, Harley Griffiths, Carlos Petrovich and Mike Jennings run fastest 4x800m in NYS this year

1/10/09 - Hispanic Games - Armory
Each running in their second race of the day, the Prep 4x800 races to NY#1 and US#2 7:52.99 at the Hispanic Games.  Keefer 1:59.1, Griffiths 1:59.1, Petrovich 1:57.9 and Mike Jennings 1:56.5! Wayne Seaton and Bruce Grant continue their epic hurdle rivalry, both dipping under the school record, medalling at 7.79 and 7.80.  Zach Keefer takes 4th in Invitational 400m in #2 All time Prep time of 49.52.  John Horvath 5th in PV.

Keefer went #2 Prep in the 400m (49.52) and led off the State's fastest 4x800 of the year
Photo by John Nepolitan

1/9/09 - Soph Sectionals and Bronx Champs
Everyone's a champion as the Prep wins the Soph Sectionals and both the Varsity and Soph Bronx titles.  Soph Sectional Champions include Barent Kowarick (PV), Doug O'Connell (800), Antonio Rosa (1600), Dom Rivera, Mike Negrin, Pat Civetta and Brian Carey (4x200) and Sal Annunziata, who led a 1-4 sweep (w/Seminario, Paulus & Sullivan), breaking the Soph school record in the Shot Put 44'1.5".
 Varsity champs include Bruce Grant (55mHH Meet & School Record), Joe Adamo (3200), Phil O'Connell (1600), Lucas Anstotz (1000), Andrew Hemmings (TJ), Jon Annunziata (SP) and the 4x400m of Anthony Rivera, Frank D' Agostino, Jared Blake and Ramzy Salem.
 Frosh gold medallists include double winner Andrew Velasquez (HJ & TJ) and the 4x400 relay, but it was teamwork that secured the exciting 2 point win over Xavier.

Mike Jennings fixes gaze on Morris Hills (NJ) anchor leg
Photo by John Nepolitan

Sat 1/3:  Weight Novice Champs - Armory
Prep 2nd in Junior Midget Meet & 3rd at Novice Champs.  Freshman Dennis Kennelly wins Junior Weight 300m, John Bauer leads 4 scorers with Novice PV win, Sal Annunziata wins Nov SP, and tosses 2nd best Soph throw in Prep history.
Varsity 4x200 runs fastest Prep time in 6 years (1:33.4), Ramsey Salem anchors Vars 4x400 to 3rd place.   

Mon 12/29:
Grinch Games - Lombardi Ctr
Great performances close out 2008!

Dylan LaGamma leaps 5'8" for 2nd PR in as many weeks!  Andrew Hemmings wins 55mHH in PR 8.0!  Kyle Willemite and Ryan Fedak medal in SP with PR tosses!  James Brownie scores in Soph 1K in 3:00!

Ryan Gilligan and Dan Fiore led the Prep Sophs in the Grinch Games 300m Dash 
photo by Harriet Lang

Sat 12/27:  Marine Corp Holiday Classic - Armory
Prep 2nd out of more than 200 a mere half point! 

Superb DMR takes 3rd in close 10:32.91!  Soph 4x800 stays undefeated at 8:51.06!
Hurdles take 2nd!   Vaulters 2nd, Vars 4x400 4th, LJers 2nd and Frosh 4x200 4th place

Soph 4x800 champs O'Connell, Rosa, Kowarick & McNamara - wingedfootfotos

Rockin' Loughlin!
Prep Stars Tear it up at Nation's Oldest and Biggest Meet
12/20 - Loughlin Games - Armory
Varsity come out to play and play they do....
Jourdan White wins Loughlin HJ Championship with 6'6" clearance; Zach Keefer takes 600m silver with 1:21.71 effort; John Horvath leads dominant vault crew (Talty 12'6", Andrew Petrovich 12'0", Carr 12'0" PR, DiIorio 11'0") with 13'6" bronze, and Mike Jennings, in only his 2nd indoor race, takes 5th in the 1000m in a fast 2:34.01.  

But it doesn't end there.  Bruce Grant served notice that he's ready to roll with a sterling 7.88 clocking, just missing the finals by.04 seconds.  Add in fine long jumps from Andrew Hemmings and Jourdan (20'7 and 20'6 respectively) and many other quick times, and it made for a great weekend heading into the holidays.

John Horvath PRd at 13'6 on Saturday.  He debuted on December 10, 6'6"  photo by John Nepolitan

12/20 - Ignatian Invitational - Fordham University
James Gallo Shatters 5 Minute Barrier!  And will be awarded the coveted "royal gray robe of running" today at practice....
Brian Carey ties Prep Soph 200m Dash record in only his 3rd meet!

Flashback to James' first recorded Prep mile on September 25th, 2006, and he'd have been holding a sign that reads 7:32.2.......


 59th Anual CHSAA Relay Carnival - 12/13/08 - Armory
A great start!  The Prep garners a gaudy 59 medals!

(Pole Vault page updated 12/14/08)

Sun 12/7 : FP Kick-off meet:  - Fordham University's Lombardi Center


Carlos Petrovich anchors the winning Sprint Medley at the 59th Annual CHSAA Relay Carnival (photo by Tim Fulton of





Cross Country 2009
11/15/08 - 65th Jesuit Champs - VCP



Last Hurrah for Seniors (rt. photo by Coach Matt)


IMG_8005 11/8/08 - CHSAA City Champs - VCP
Tough day for the Rams (10th at Cities) sees some silver linings.....Senior Lucas Anstotz smashes onto the All-Time list with a 14:04 clocking, and Junior James Gallo leads JV with stunning 14:24 trip over the VCP hills.



Lucas Anstotz finishes with 14:04 PR
photo by Joe Altenau '04


11/1 - CHSAA Frosh & Soph City Champs - VCP
Frosh log spectacular 9:31 5-man average to take 3rd!
Doug O'Connell leads Sophs with 15:24 trip!

10/25 - NYCHSAA Sectional Champs - VCP
Prep gets 2nd on Varsity and JV level, 5th among F


Freshman Challenor Robertson (r.) dug deep at the Frosh Cities to run himself right onto the Freshman Honor Roll with a time of 9:24. Photo by Coach Matt Febles

10/18 - NYC XC Carnival - VCP
Varsity take 4th in hot race with big league implications. 
Milestones include Senior Joe Adamo becoming the 75th runner in Prep history to break 14 minute barrier, Tom Jennings '10 adds his name to the Cross Country honor roll, and Seniors Phil O'Connell and Harley Griffiths log personal bests.  JV take fifth in huge field led by newly minted sub 15er James Gallo '10
 Frosh pull off spectacular 3rd place finish at the 53rd Annual Fordham Prep Freshman Relays, with Challenor Robertson '12 recording the 2nd fastest .9 mile split of the day.   Congrats on a great day at VCP.


Hey, no one said it would be get onto the Cross Country Honor Roll.  But Tom Jennings adds his name to Prep XC immortality.  And he'll have this fine photo to remember it by Coach Matt Febles

10/15 - Bronx Champs - VCP
Varsity win 9th straight Boro crown behind nice improvement from Junior Tom Jennings and Senior Juan Carlos Petrovich.  Freshmen win 5th consecutive Bronx title thanks to 1-2 punch of Pat Dillon '12 and William MacInnis '12 (pictured, photo by who take gold and silver over the 1.5 mile course. 

10/15 - Soph Sectional Champs - VCP
Steve Murphy and Brandon Goldson lead 2nd-years to 7th place finish at Sectional championship

10/11 - Manhattan College Invitational - VCP
Varsity races to fine 14:01 Team Avg, led by Mike Jennings' 13:25 opener at Van Cortlandt; great JV times!  Joe Adamo '09 (left, photo courtesy cracks into hallowed Cross Country Honor roll with 14:19 clocking.  Frosh see big improvement fronted by Pat Dillon's 9:33 trip, Ramlets log strong 10:02 team average

10/10 - All Hallows Invitational - VCP
Great Frosh Times; Brandon Golson paces JV


Sat 10/4-  Mayors Meet - VCP
Congrats to Freshmen who take 3rd in City-wide meet!

Mon 9/29 - 16th Annual Jim Scott Challenge - Fordham Prep
Phil O'Connell wins spectacular duel with teammate Mike Jennings as pair runs fastest 2 mile times at Jim Scott meet in 5 years.  Fordham wins 6th straight team title.  Carlos Petrovich sets new one mile record, and Will MacInnis is top Frosh miler.
9/27 - 44th McQuaid Invitational - Rochester, NY

Rams take 7th in toughest race of day.  Mike Jennings runs 3 mile course in 15:42 - the 4th fastest time in Prep history
JV 6th

9/20 - JFK Invitational - Somers, NY
All 3 levels take 2nd!  Fine showing on tough course

9/13 - Regis Invitational - VCP

Frosh open up with numbers and talent

9/12 - Red Raider Run - Anthony Wayne SP

Vars and JV take 3rd!


Junior James Gallo is 2nd scorer for JV at JFK Invite
photo by Coach Matt


The Prep earned it's highest-ever finish at the NYS Federation Meet: 19th Place; photo by Tom Jennings '10
Off And Running....

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Updated 05/20/10