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Sheepshead Bay High School Track Team

Coach John Padula and members of Sheepshead Bay High School's track team proudly display their First Place trophy for beating 800 teams and coming in first at the Bishop Loughlin Games this month. (Photo: Michèle De Meglio)

Sheepshead Bay High School is under fire for what the city considers to be lackluster student achievement, but the school is more than graduation rates and Regents scores.

The school (3000 Avenue X) boasts the best track and field team in the country with 12 All-American athletes.

“We won the national championships four years in a row,” said John Padula, who is one of three coaches leading the co-ed team.

The team practices running and weight training until 5:30 p.m. every day to prepare for Saturday meets against teams from all over the country. At those competitions, the Brooklyn squad generally comes in first place. These accomplishments make the students feel like rock stars.

“It’s great to be part of the team and being an All-American is a big accomplishment,” said Richmond Ahadzi, a hurdle jumper who is a 10-time All-American, which means he placed in the top five in the country.

Keep reading about the extraordinary achievements of the Sheepshead Bay High School track team.