The 2017 season was definitely one to remember for the Falcons. The boys team won its first-ever district and regional titles, then followed those performances up with a heart-stopping effort at the state meet that resulted in a co-championship with Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy.
The Falcons went into the final event of the two-day meet at IMG Academy – the 1,600-meter relay – needing to finish no worse than second to earn the Class 1A state title, and they delivered. SSES won the team championship despite not taking the top spot in any event. Despite losing a number of key pieces, the 2018 team will still be formidable, led by senior sprinters Chase Brown and Sydney Brown, hurdler Jett Gillum, and distance specialists Hayes Chatham and Henry Howell.
Over the past three years, Saint Stephen’s track and field has set a new standard for excellence, qualifying 27 student-athletes for the FHSAA state championship meet. In 2015, then-sophomore sprinter Jordon Murrell and senior distance runner Andrew Zandemenego were the first two SSES boys to qualify for the state meet in an individual event in more than a decade. Murrell (200 meters) and junior Andrew Csubak (800 meters) kept that run alive in 2016, finishing seventh and sixth, respectively.
The team is coached by A.J. Brown, a former star hurdler and sprinter at Riverview High in Sarasota who played football and ran track at Carson-Newman University in Tennessee.
Competing on the collegiate level, alum Lauren Csubak is a distance runner at Saint Leo University. She was the Falcons’ team MVP from 2012-14, the school record holder in the 800 meters, and finished fifth (2013) and seventh (2014) in two state championship appearances.
Tennis is FHSAA sanctioned and is a spring season sport.