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Jefferson Orange Cruse wins indoor track and field title

Jefferson boys wins public school indoor track title

Brooklyn Daily

Lesley Clervil went from worst to first and, in the process, led Thomas Jefferson to the Public School Athletic League boys indoor track and field title Sunday.

The Orange Wave junior, who placed last in the championship a year ago, threw a shot for his personal best of 51-feet-2.75-inches, leading his team atop Staten Island Tech 56–39 to its first crown in more than 10 years.

Senior Sidgie Green won the 1,000 meters in a time of 2:27.73 seconds. Qasim Ray placed second in the long jump with a leap of 21-feet-4.75 inches, Sean D’Avilar was second in the triple jump in 43-feet-1 inch. Marquis Lillard was third in the high jump with a mark of 6-feet.

The meet was a coming out party for a few other Brooklyn juniors.

James Madison’s Dellon Peters edged Curtis Samuel of Erasmus Hall, the Courier All-Brooklyn football player of the year, for the 55-meter dash crown by five-one-hundredth-of-second with a time of 6.51 seconds. He placed second last season.

“I just tried to stay relaxed, make sure I get to the finish line in time,” Peters said. “[I knew] I won it.”

Sheepshead Bay’s teammates Axel Joseph and Powel Delanders finished one and two in the 55 hurdles with times of 7.78 and 7.81 respectively. Joseph put his head down and his hand together in celebration when it was over. He was fourth in the event as a sophomore last year and wanted a win.

On the girls side, Medgar Ever Prep placed second behind Benjamin Cardozo, which one its sixth straight tile 91–85. Star Kadecia Baird won the 55-meter dash in 7.06 seconds and the 300 in 38.00 seconds and was a member of the winning 4-x-200 relay team. Teammate Shayla Broughton took home the high jump crown with a leap of 5-feet-4-inches.

The Orange Wave track team has won the last two outdoor track and field titles.

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