Archive for the ‘RHS Cross-Country’ Category

Garnets and Panthers Hit the Ground Running … Fast

September 21, 2010

Rye and Rye Neck’s cross-country teams began their 2010 campaigns September 14 at Briarcliff in dazzling fashion, emerging as the elite squads in a dual meet including the host school as well as Blind Brook and Harrison.

The Panthers edged the Garnets 34 to 38 on the boys’ side, but Rye’s top runners took three of the top five finishes. Taylor Love, a junior, won the three-mile race in a time of 19:13.9, which was a little over three seconds ahead of his senior teammate, Mason Curtis.

Taylor Love

“It was a good start for us today,” said Curtis, a State finalist one year ago who hopes to make it back come season’s end. “We moved up to Class A, but our goal is to overcome that and win our league again.”


Redemption More Than a Word for Garnet Programs This Season

September 9, 2010

The Empire Strikes Back isn’t headed back to the theatres any time soon, but it could play out on local fields as several fall programs seek to correct the way their seasons ended in 2009.


No Syracuse. No Kingston. Not even a trip to Mahopac for the Section championship. Rye’s stunning, last-second loss to Poughkeepsie in the 2009 Class A Section semifinals silenced Nugent Stadium as never before and caused reverberations that are felt to this day.

But this is a new year, and the latest model of gridiron warriors to sport the legendary Garnet and Black colors are itching to exact revenge on all who reveled in schadenfreude after their shocking playoff elimination.


Max Robinson Runs Away with Lions Club Athlete of the Year Honor

June 11, 2010

Max Robinson, Rye High’s track and cross country star, was announced as the Lions Club Athlete of the Year June 7 at the organization’s 12th Annual Scholar Athlete Award Dinner. Robinson, pictured with fellow Athlete of the Month winners at the Osborn, was elected to the prestigious honor by his peers in a schoolwide vote.

“It was a great feeling when I first found out I was an Athlete of the Month,” said Robinson. “It was nice to know what I do was being recognized. Receiving this today was totally unexpected. It’s amazing, and I appreciated the Lions Club and all they do.”

Katsuta and Robinson Make Rye Proud as Lions Club Athletes of the Month

January 5, 2010

The Lions Club rounded out their autumn Athlete of the Month selections by honoring a pair of bona fide standouts. Max Robinson, Rye’s cross-country star, earned the October award, and Taka Katsuta was named November’s top student-athlete for his exploits on the ice hockey team.

Katsuta is one of two senior captains on the Garnets, and has played for the team since his freshman year. He has been instrumental in the program’s two Section championships, one Regional title, and 2007 Final Four appearance.

Taka Katsuta

“Winning this award is such a great accomplishment for me because I know that only a handful of star athletes are selected to win and I am so proud to be one of the few,” said Katsuta. “This award also means a lot because I think that few Japanese athletes who attended RHS have won it in the past.”

Since his days as a 9th grader Katsuta has consistently performed on Honor Roll level, and he has made his way onto the High Honor Roll on several occasions. The senior is fluent in Japanese, having spent each Saturday from 2005-07 studying both the language and math. Beginning in the summer of 2008, Katsuta worked as a lifeguard for the Hayana Lifesaving Club at a Japanese beach.

In his nomination of Katsuta for Athlete of the Month, ice hockey head coach Jason Friesen was vociferous in praising his co-captain.

“His leadership has been extraordinary,” said Friesen. “He models appropriate conduct on and off the ice, which the rest of the team follows. Taka is a polite, kind, caring, and helpful young man. He is also a very good student and citizen of Rye, representing this high school very well.”

Katsuta plans on playing college club hockey and is still deciding between the University of Vermont and a Japanese college.

Robinson is another cream-of-the-crop student-athlete in a school filled with impressive ones. During the 2009 season the senior won both the Class B League and Section championships, and placed fourth at the New York State Championships.

Max Robinson

He also holds class records in the 1,600 and 5,000-meter track and field competitions. A stress fracture kept him out of both the winter and spring seasons during the 2008-09 school year, so Robinson is more than ready to make his mark this time around. His goals are to set new personal bests in the mile and two-mile, and to break the school record for the 5,000-meter event.

“Max started running in 8th grade for the high school cross-country team when he was 12 years old,” said X-C head coach Craig Sandhaus. “He has been a varsity member of the team for the past five years, and is a natural runner who thrives on improving his personal bests. In addition to his running ability, Max is has been a team captain since 10th grade and leads by example. We will miss him greatly next year.”

Max Robinson Finishes Fourth at State Championships

November 19, 2009

Rye senior Max Robinson finished fourth in the boys’ cross-country Class B State championship at SUNY Plattsburgh November 14. His time of 15:48.8 was less than seven seconds back of the first place winner. Mason Curtis, a junior, also participated in the elite event, and completed the race in 17:35.4.

Max Robinson

Both Robinson and Curtis earned their way their with impressive performances at the Section 1 finals. Robinson took home the Class B championship with a time of 16:51.48 in the 5K run, more than 15 seconds ahead of second place. Curtis placed seventh at 17.34.33, and teammate Taylor Love was ninth (17:36.79). Overall, the boys’ team placed third in the Section, as did the girls.

Championship Garnets in league of their own

October 20, 2009

Rye’s cross-country teams performed superbly in the League Championship Meet October 13 at wind-whipped Byram Hills.

The girls scored a 27, completing a perfect season (10-0) and winning the League by defeating Harrison (49), Byram Hills (56), and Port Chester (99). Six Garnets monopolized the top nine by reaching the finish line bunched in an 80-second span between 22:10.5 and 23:29.8. Ellen Friedmann (3rd), Nagomi Ogura (4th), Alison Mackay (5th), Caitlin Hartnett (7th), Kahea Mueller (8th), and Zoe Davitt (9th) earned All-League status for placing in the top 10.

“It was really exciting to be able to win,” said Lindsey Hanley, a junior and captain who finished 19th.. “While we already beat all the teams in League play, we still needed to win today to be the undisputed champs. Our team knew we had a lot at stake going into this, so we all ran our hardest and pushed each other.”


Morning Round-up: Rye X-C teams excel at League Championship meet

October 14, 2009

Both of Rye’s cross-country teams — the girls and boys — performed superbly in the League Championship Meet Tuesday at wind-whipped Byram Hills.

Rye Cross-Country

Rye Cross-Country

The girls — scoring a 27 — completed a perfect season and won the league outright by defeating Harrison (49), Byram Hills (56), and Port Chester (99) at the championship. Six Garnets finished among the top nine competitors to seal the deal. Those six — Ellen Friedman (3), Nagomi Ogura (4), Alison Mackay (5), Caitlin Hartnett (7), Kahea Mueller (8), and Zoe Davitt (9) — earned All-League status for finishing in the top 10.


Morning Round-up: Garnets continue shutout roll

October 7, 2009

In a 5-0 rout of Horace Greeley, Rye’s field hockey team won their sixth consecutive game Tuesday at home. The Garnets are now 6-1-1, and have outscored opponents 20-0 over the course of their winning streak. Mallory Little led the way with two goals in the victory, and Torie Stearns, Annie VanWagenen and G.G. Fitzgerald each scored once. Stearns, Van Wagenen, Michelle Mulhearn, and Olivia Nabhan — the Lions Club Athlete of the Month — all recorded an assist.


Rye Cross-Country team off to blazing start

September 24, 2009

Rye’s cross-country team had a near sweep September 22 at Nugent Stadium. Along with the Garnets, teams from Rye Neck, Pleasantville, Byram Hills, and Keio Academy participated in the meet.

Thomas Mayo-Smith puts his all into the race

Thomas Mayo-Smith puts his all into the race

“Both the boys’ and girls’ squads are filled with extremely talented athletes this season,” said Charles Carman, the girls’ head coach. “Boys’ coach Craig Sandhaus and I are very proud of them and expect the team as a whole to go far this season. They are a team worth keeping an eye on.”

The Rye girls’ team (5-0 overall) swept all four schools with seven athletes achieving a personal best, including Alison Mackay, Nagomi Ogura, Zoe Davitt, Caitlin Hartnett, Kahea Mueller, and Julia Pasqualini. The seventh girl, captain Sarah Krikorian, shaved an astounding three minutes off her best course time.

The boys’ team (4-1 overall) ran a solid race beating out all but Byram Hills. They had seven atheletes achieve a personal best and placed first. The top finisher was captain Max Robinson and the seven with personal bests were fellow captain Mason Curtis, Thomas Mayo-Smith, Gavin Conway, Dylan May, Tyler Conway, Kevin Spillane, and Jake Delaney.

Morning Round-up: Rye swims and dives to a win

September 23, 2009

The Rye/Blind Brook/Rye Neck girls’ swimming and diving team splashed into another season yesterday, and began the year with an impressive 96-49 win over Harrison at Hommocks Middle School. The Garnets took first place in all but one event.

Melissa Fulenwider

Melissa Fulenwider

Kelly O’Neill, Allison Fulenwider, Amanda Owens and Lena Krikorian won the 200-yard medley relay in 2:02.10, and Courtney Ciardello then zoomed to first in the 200 freestyle (2:08.61). Allison Fulenwider went solo in the 200 individual medley, winning in a time of 2:25.50. Her younger sister, Melissa, scored first in the 50 freestyle, beating out teammate JJ Cates by finishing in just under 26 seconds. In the diving portion of the event, Coco Darelius scored a 210.60 to win and was followed by Melissa Frank. Back in the lanes, Ciardello won the 100 butterfly (1:03.86), and Melissa Fulenwider was tops in the 100 freestyle (55.90). O’Neill touched home first in the 500 freestyle (5:32.83), and Rye’s team of Krikorian, Cates, Sam Clark, and Melissa Fulenwider won the 200 freestyle relay (1:50.01). Owens and Allison Fulenwider rounded out the day with respective wins in the 100 backstroke (1:05.82) and the 100 breaststroke (1:15.00). Their next meet is tomorrow vs. Keio Academy at Manhattanville.

At Rye High School, the girls’ tennis team topped Rye Neck 6-1. Caroline Lambillotte had the Panthers’ sole victory in the first singles slot (beating Jessica Jahnke 6-1, 6-1). Claire Pfister beat Kalypso Buitoni 6-0, 6-3 in second singles, and Olivia Singer topped Cassie Swinghammer 6-0, 6-0 in third singles. The Garnets swept the doubles portion, with wins from the teams of Molly Jordan and Casey Berger, Katie McLaughlin and Ali Sims, Amanda McLaughlin and Devin Weil, and Amy Shanks and Laura Nicholas. Rye improved to 2-3 and plays Keio Academy today at home. It was Rye Neck’s first loss of the season (4-1). They host Valhalla on Friday.