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2022 Yeshiva League Track and Field Championships at Overpeck Park in Leonia

Over 100 students from 10 different yeshiva high schools participated and competed in the 2022 Yeshiva League Track and Field Championships on a beautiful day in Leonia, on Sunday May 15. Schools from New York and New Jersey included Frisch, TABC, RKYHS, Ma’ayanot, The Idea School, Ramaz, SAR, Heschel, Flatbush and DRS participated. Races included the 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter, 800 meter, one mile and 4×100 meter relay. Many parents came to support, encourage, cheer and volunteer to help make the event a great success.

Some outstanding results included the girls 100 meter winner Aya East from RKYHS in 14.20; boys 100 meter winner Mordechai Kahn from DRS in 12.20; 800 meter girls winner Samantha Pruzansky from Frisch in 2:47; boys 800 meter winner Eytan Kirschenbaum from TABC in 2:17; 200 meter girls winner Yaffa Pressner from Frisch in 31.30; boys 200 meter winner Matthew Mendelsohn from RKYHS in 25.46; girls 1 mile winner Parker Slarskey from Heschel in 6:21.9; boys one mile winner Gilad Jutkowitz from TABC in 5:28.1; 400 meter girls winner Parker Slarskey from Heschel 1:15.3; boys 400 meter winner Matthew Mendelsohn from RKYHS and Manny Meadows from DRS tied for first in 1:00.9; boys 4×100 meter relay winner RKYHS and girls 4×100 meter relay winner SAR.

TABC’s Gilad Jutkowitz and Eytan Kirschenbaum took first place in the 1600-meter (one mile) and 800-meter races respectively, earning themselves gold trophies. For TABC, Kirschenbaum also came in third place in the 800-meter run and Avishai Jutkowitz captured third place in the 200-meter dash. They each received bronze medals for their efforts. In leg order, Yehuda From, Ezra Alter, Gilad and Avishai represented the TABC team for the final event—the 4X100-meter relay race. They finished with the second-fastest time out of six schools.

RKYHS’ Mendelson also anchored the boys’ 4 x 100 relay team which prevailed over six competing squads. Hanoch Elkin, Jonah Klein and Aidan Koresh rounded out the relay quartet, known as Kushner Blue, that bested the TABC team by a half-second. Elkin also captured bronze in the Boys’ 100 meter race.

Kushner’s East’s win in the girls 100-meter final was her fourth consecutive win in Yeshiva League competition dating back to the previous meet held on May 9, during which she achieved a remarkable “hat trick” by capturing the 100-, 200- and 400-meter races in the same meet. Her streak was broken by a second place finish in the 200-meter championship race.

By Jewish Link Staff

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