Nationals bring out best in record-setting Scarsdale sprinters

Scarsdale’s elite 4x800-meter team of D.J. Matusz, Nico Bernard, Ward Bandsma and Eric Jacobson.

Lack of a proper training facility, having to improvise with road and fitness center treadmill workouts, death of the parent of a key teammate and some tough late-season injuries did not derail the Scarsdale track and field team this winter. While it may have slowed the girls team down quite a bit, the boys were able to represent the team well down the stretch all the way to New Balance Nationals.

Sophia Franco got off to a strong start for the girls, setting school records in the 400- and 600-meter runs and Brooke Bensche was on her way to another state meet before injuries prior to state qualifiers took both stars out of play. All the while, the boy sprinters were building towards records of their own, led by Nico Bernard’s records is the 600- and 1,000-meter runs and records in two relays, the 4x400-meter and 4x800.

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