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Briarcliff Boys Challenge Field at Loucks Games

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Briarcliff runner Jonathan Marrero and his relay teammates stood in the warmup area adjacent to the White Plains High School track Friday, waiting for their heat to be called to the starting line at the 45th Glenn D. Loucks Memorial Track and Field Games. Marrero seemed relaxed about the impending mad dash in the 4x400 men’s relay event.

“This meet is a good one to compete in because the teams are very strong,” Marrero said. “I’m the anchor, so I depend on the other three guys to do their job, and hopefully I can bring home a good finish.”

The Briarcliff relay team led off with sophomore Gerardo Munoz and followed with Matt Brucculeri and Jack Fisher in front on Marrero’s anchor leg. The group had recorded a 3:37 earlier this spring outdoor season and hoped to use the good running conditions at White Plains and the Loucks field to best that mark.

“I’ve done the opening leg before, so I know I want to get out and have a good start to get us going,” Munoz said. “These are some very good teams at this meet. It’s a good experience.”

The Loucks Games comprise one of the largest independent, on-campus scholastic track-and-field gatherings in the nation. This year’s Games will include a record 2,950 athletes representing 337 male and female teams from 221 schools in New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and Canada.

The Briarcliff men didn’t have their best day, but managed a 3:40.08 time and were 25th overall among 44 teams from the tri-state area.

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