Cross Country

Meet Recaps


The Cross Country team finished strong at the New England Championships. Sophomore Matthew Montes placed 25th out of 220 runners. Teammates Karif Isaacs, Will Mayfield, Daniel Geng and Michael Zelenger all made the trip to Maine with Coach Gordon and made us proud!

Cross Country had an eventful week as some of the runners took part in the Hudson Valley Athletic League B Invitational held at Faith Christian Academy on Wednesday. Cadet Karif Isaacs came in first place overall. Isaacs also won the 11th grade division as a sophomore.  Senior cadets Zaahir Woody and Zamere McKenzie finished in 6th and 7th overall and 1st and 2nd for the senior race. Cadet Michael Yusupov finished in the top-10 for the juniors and Cadet Mickey Urso finished in 3rd for the sophomores. Cadet Michael Zelenger finished in 3rd place for the 8th grade division while Cadet Daniel Geng came in 8th. Both Zelenger and Geng ran personal bests at this event which was a great way to end their season.

Coach Forrest Gordon worked extremely hard to make sure the cross country course was in tip-top shape. We had over 100 runners competing here this Wednesday and had to seek help from numerous teachers and administrators as well as volunteer parents. Mr. Dolan, Mr. Roselli, and Dr. Webb helped as spotters on the course while Mrs. Larabee helped at the finish line with keeping everything in order as officials recorded times. We also had assistance from Mr. Kevin Canty, Mrs. Kristine Rahn, Mrs. Kristen Urso, and Mrs. Angelica Parker. Mr. Andrew Erickson filmed the race for us while Mrs. Jennifer Erickson and Mrs. Kristen Black organized the NYMA gear and apparel. Mr. Rich Thorn and his amazing staff helped prepare sandwich platters and nutritious snacks for the runners and coaches. Commandant Lorenzen and Superintendent Zhang helped organize the radio communication for us so that we could make sure the runners were on time and more importantly safe! We also had cadets contribute as they stationed the bathrooms and took care of traffic control. Numerous cadets also pitched in lending a hand setting up and running errands during the race.  Thank you to everyone for your help in making this big cross country race possible!

Overall, the event was a great success and the Cross Country team did NYMA proud as they finished in 3rd place out of 9 schools. The highlight of the day came when sophomore sensation Matthew Montes came in 1st place overall out of 78 male runners! All week Montes ran like a man possessed and then he showed us what true determination and hard work can accomplish. We are all so proud of him. Matthew will go on to represent NYMA in the New England Championships next Saturday. Good luck Cadet Montes!

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Facebook Album: Cross Country Conference Meet

This past Wednesday, October 25th, the Knights traveled to Marvelwood for their invitational and Cadet Montes finished in 4th place. Eighth-grader Daniel Geng also ran a great race and set a personal record by two whole minutes.

Saturday at Homecoming, NYMA hosted Storm King, Darrow, and Redemption Christian Academy for our Cross Country Invitational. It was a beautiful October day to run and enjoy the scenic Hudson Valley. Sophomore Matthew Montes finished 3rd. Freshmen Daniel Geng and Michael Zelenger also earned medals coming in the top-seven among freshmen runners.

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Facebook Album: Cross Country @ NYMA

The Cross Country team made the trip to Storm King on Saturday and had to take on the mountain. They all did great and the Knights came in 2ndplace overall. Sophomore Matthew Montes finished in 3rd place, sophomore Karif Isaacs came in 6th and junior Josh Antoine finished in 7th place. On Wednesday, October 18th, the XC team traveled to Poughkeepsie Day School and came in 3rd place overall. Matthew Montes came in 5th and Josh Antoine came in 10th place for the Knights.

On Wednesday, October 11th, we hosted our first cross country invitational of the fall season. There were 88 total runners who participated in the event from the following schools: Oakwood Friends, Poughkeepsie Day, Faith Christian, Storm King, Harvey School, Marvelwood, Commonwealth Academy, Woodhall Academy, and our NYMA Knights. Sophomore Matthew Montes finished in 7th and the Knights came in 3rd overall. Storm King took home the championship plaque while Marvelwood finish in 2nd place.

Saturday, October 7th, the NYMA Knights took the long drive after the SAT exam to Darrow for their cross country meet and they took home first place! Miss Larabee was on hand to help with the coaching duties and she was amazing! Also adding a giant contribution to the entire day was Mr. Joe Ruiz who drove the team to and from Darrow. The boys especially loved Mr. Ruiz when they stopped for some dinner on the way back to campus! All of the Knights finished in the top 25. Cadet Matthew Montez came in 2nd, Karif Isaacs finished in 7th, Zamere Mckenzie came in 9th, while Zaahir Woody finished in 12th place.

On 9/27 our Cross Country team was scheduled to travel a short distance up the road to Storm King School. However, due to some construction being done on campus, the Storm King Athletics Department decided the conditions were unsafe for the student-athletes to compete. I have to commend that decision as it is always the top priority to keep the kids safe! The team had a great workout instead to make up for the cancelled meet. They will be back in action for the Invitational at Darrow on Saturday, 10/7 at 4:00 pm. This is a later start than normal, but it’s also an SAT testing day so we allotted time for the cadets to take their SATs and still make the meet!

On 9/22 the Knights hit the ground running as they traveled to Oakwood Friends Academy for their second meet of the season. However, this was a much larger event as there were 10 different schools and over 100 runners on the trail. That didn't stop our Knights as Matthew Montes and Karif Isaacs were able to finish in 7th and 8th place respectively and took home medals! Joshua Antoine finished just outside the top-10 in 12th place and Zaahir Woody finished 19th overall. Other runners who placed included Zamere McKenzie finishing 30th, Mickey Urso 33rd, and eighth-grader Michael Zellenger 44th. Another eighth-grader Daniel Geng had a personal best time at this event and placed 88th. The Knights overall team effort earned them second place for the second straight meet.

On 9/16, our NYMA Cross Country Team led by first-year coach Forrest Gordon opened the season on the road at Faith Christian Academy. The boys finished second overall out of four teams total. Individually, sophomore Matthew Montes came in 2nd place, sophomore Karif Isaacs came in 3rd place, and junior Josh Antoine finished 4th.  Senior Zaahir Woody also finished in 16th place overall out of 30 runners. Eighth-graders Adam Sun and Daniel Geng both placed in the top-8 in the modified meet.