It was no surprise that the boys 4 x 400-meter relay, the last race of the day, would decide whether St. Anthony's or Chaminade would be crowned champion at the CHSAA Outdoor Intersectional city championships at Icahn Stadium on Randalls Island Sunday.
The two teams spent the spring season battling each other and that was after Chaminade edged St. Anthony's by one point in the CHSAA winter intersectional championships.
Sunday turned out to be the Friars' day, as St. Anthony's built an early lead and hung on to win the team title, 40-39. It was St. Anthony's fourth straight intersectional city title.
The Friars entered the final event clinging to a five-point lead. St. Anthony's did not have a team in the race, meaning that a Chaminade win would give the Flyers the championship. It took a great effort from St. John the Baptist senior Pat Rowan, who ran his anchor leg in 48.5 seconds, to give his team a come-from-behind victory, and in turn give the championship to St. Anthony's.
"Who says track and field isn't a spectator sport?" St. Anthony's coach Tim Dearie said. "It just doesn't get any more exciting than that."
Marlon Montague was the Friars' only individual winner, taking the 400 meters in 48.71.
"Throughout the whole race I was telling myself, 'I'm not going to lose, I'm not going to lose,' " Montague said. "The last 250 meters is where the person who has the strongest push and drive to tell yourself not to slow down and to keep going and has that built in their brain usually wins the race. And that's what I was doing throughout the whole last straightaway."
The Friars also had three second-place finishers in Mozai Nelson (100 in 11.05), Joseph Percival (200 in 22.63) and Louis Santelli (1,600 in 4:17.53).
Shot put and discus thrower Chris Pensa also contributed to the Friars' win. Despite coming into the meet with a right arm injury, Pensa was still able to chip in valuable points.
"It takes things like guys stepping up even when they're not 100 percent to win meets like this," Dearie said.
Chaminade was led by Sean Kelly, who won the 1,600 in 4:15.36 and anchored the Flyers 4 x 800 relay team that won with a time of 7:49.99.
Thomas Slattery (3,200, 9:24.80) and Javaun Porter (110 hurdles, 15.45) were the other Chaminade champions.
Dylan Murphy of Kellenberg (800, 1:55.90), Holy Trinity's Nathaniel Small (400 hurdles, 57.05) and the St. John the Baptist 4 x 400 relay team (3:23.06) were the other Long Island champions.