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Local Runners Score In Sands Point Sprint

The Long Island running community visited the Sands Point Preserve at the top of the Port Washington peninsula on Saturday morning, August 11, and local athletes from the Plainview-Old Bethpage, Syosset, Woodbury and Jericho communities were quite prominent in the event.

The event was the Sands Point Preserve Sprint for the Feinstein Institute, a five kilometer run that attracted 300 finishers to navigate a unique combination of paved paths, runner-friendly woodland trails, and striking Long Island Sound vistas.

Congratulations go out to award winners Bradley Raxenberg of Woodbury, who scored in fourth place overall and first in the 20-24 age group with a time of 18 minutes, 48 seconds, Steven Weiss of Plainview (second in the 35-39 age group in 22:39), Richard Kleiman of Plainview (second in the 65-69 age group in 25:23), Art Koppelman of Syosset (second in the 70-74 age group in 29:38) and Odd Sangesland with Plainview (second in the 80-84 age group in 45:34.)

Other local runners who didn’t win awards but who finished in the top echelons of the race included 15-year-old Sam Breiter of Plainview, who scored in 28th place overall with a time of 21:49, 26-year-old James Ciano of Syosset, who was 69th overall in a time of 24:34 and 32-year-old George Drakkatos of Plainview, 88th overall in 25:47.

Race director Abe Bernstein of host Greater Long Island Running Club went all-out to ensure the success of this year’s event, as his way of saying “thank you” to the people from the North Shore-LIJ Feinstein Institute who got him back on his feet and back on the track after a bout with lymphoma. Genentech (“In Business for Life”) was a repeat major sponsor once again this year. The entire net proceeds of the run were once again dedicated to the Feinstein Institute and the fight against blood cancers.

“We were thrilled to have our friends from Plainview-Old Bethpage, Syosset, Woodbury and Jericho join us for the sprint,” observed Bernstein. “Sands Point is a great place to stage a running event, and we certainly hope to be here again in 2013.”


Eight students from Jericho High School, the largest number of students from any school on Long Island this year, are among the 300 semifinalists picked from 1,800 entrants nationally and overseas in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Brookville’s Green Vale School students were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Sport Rocketry, the official journal of the National Association of Rocketry.

The seventh-grade students competed nationally at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) last May in Virginia and were the youngest rocket scientists competing. They were also the only team from Long Island that qualified to enter the competition and one of only two teams from New York State.


The Syosset Braves 11-year-old football team recently won the Superbowl Championship Game against the Rosedale Jets with a final score of 13 to 0.

The Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5-Kilometer Run started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage on Dec. 21. The top local finisher was Tim Mahony of Syosset, who scored in 11th place overall and third in the 15 to 19 age group.

Other locals winning awards in this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run were Gina Ferraro of Syosset (2nd woman, 35-39 age group), Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman, 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (2nd woman, 55-59 age group).


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