Town Of Huntington Goes To Winter Track County Championships

TOWN OF HUNTINGTON, New York, Feb. 5

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

Last weekend, and early this week, high schools around Huntington headed to the Nassau and Suffolk winter track championships.

Click inside to see how they did!

Jumping in the long jump competition during Friday’s Suffolk boys winter track championships, Dante English finishes in third place for Hills West.
Jumping in the long jump competition during Friday’s Suffolk boys winter track championships, Dante English finishes in third place for Hills West.

Colts, T-Birds Race To Suffolk Championships

The weekend of football’s Big Game – sure, that’s what most folks were focused on when Sunday came around. But for the Colts and Thunderbirds of Half Hollow Hills High Schools East and West, last weekend was about something else: the Suffolk County boys and girls large school winter track championships.

On Friday, the boys first took to the indoor track at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood where the Colts finished ninth out of 21 teams with 22 points. Following closely behind, the Thunderbirds came in 11th place with 20 points of their own.

A senior, Sam Chimezie competes in the 55-meter hurdles for Hills East on Friday at Suffolk County Community College.
A senior, Sam Chimezie competes in the 55-meter hurdles for Hills East on Friday at Suffolk County Community College.

Denzel Hardy was one of the Colts’ sources of scoring as he tallied up 8 points with his 1:24.40 time in the 600-meter run. That time put Hardy in second place out of 22 runners. Dashing his way to another second-place finish for the Colts was senior Kory Fitzgerald, a multi-sport athlete who also handled defense as a captain for Hills West’s soccer team in the fall. Fitzgerald finished with a 35.35 time in the final round of the 300-meter dash – good for another 8 points. Another top contributor was Dante English, a senior Colt, who finished in third place out of 22 jumpers in the long jump competition.

Rounding out Hills West’s day were junior Eric Waugh who finished in 11th out of 22 competitors in the night’s shot put competition, and the team of Cameron Wolk, Christopher Strasser, Mateo Mezic and Andrew Faber, which finished with a time of 9:22.75 in the 4 x 800 meters relay.

As for those Thunderbirds, the team of Sam Chimezie, Luke Longo, Richie Hogan and Jonny Perrier took home bronze in the 4 x 400 meter relay with a time of 3:32.86. The boys were just 0:00.75 seconds behind the first-place team in the event, Longwood. Other relay teams included Jon Alabre, Azende Davis, Manny Fuentes and Phillip Portalatin who finished in 12th place with a time of 8:46.60 in the 4 x 800 meter relay; and Blair Braxton, Kevin Jimenez, Noah Kershner and Tajrik Foulke who finished in eighth place out of 17 teams with a time of 1:37.62 in the 4 x 200 meter relay.

Individual competitors were also shining for Hills East. In the high jump, senior Dexter Ward took home 6 points and a third-place finish out of 22 jumpers. Perrier raced to a fourth-place finish with a time of 2:40.45 in the 1000-meter run, and Chimezie was also able to claim fourth place in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.72. In the 600-meter run, Longo clocked in at 1:29.35, good for 13th place.

Finally, Malik Turner and Kodi Ojukwu finished in seventh and ninth place, respectively, in the shot put competition.

As for the girls, the Colts and Thunderbirds hit Suffolk Community college on Sunday, just hours before the Super Bowl. Coming in a tie for sixth place out of a total 20 teams were the Colts of Hills West with 24 points. Not far behind were the Thunderbirds, which clocked in at 14 points and in 12th place.

Hills West was led by two first-place finishes, one by junior Leeyan Redwood in the shot put competition – which earned her school 10 points – and another by the team of Victoria Antoine, Megan Iris and sisters, Olivia Sabatino and Arianna Sabatino in the 4 x 800 meters relay. They finished with a time of 9:45.63, which was good for 10 points.

More points were accrued for the Colts by Alyssa Jean – who finished with a time of 7.53 in the 55-meter dash finals for 1 point – and Mia Abulencia and Alyssa Jean who finished in fifth and sixth place for 2 points and 1 point, respectively, in the triple jump competition. Abluencia also finished in ninth place in the long jump. Anya Pawar, a sophomore, placed 14th in the triple jump.

Finishing up for the Colts was the team of Redwood, Alexis D’Alessandro, Abluencia and Jean, which finished in eighth place out of 16 teams with a time of 1:53.18 in the 4 x 200 meters relay.

Hills East spawned a first-place finisher of its own as Mary Chimezie took home the gold with a 41.97 performance in the 300-meter dash; she earned 10 points for the Thunderbirds with that time.

In the relays: Madison Ciuffetelli, Jenna Bottone, Katrina Barry and Sarah Kaiken finished with a time of 11:35.73 in the 4 x 800 meter; Doyin Ogundiran, Maria Gomis, Chimezie and Ashley Jimenez finished at 4:25.83 in the 4 x 400 meter relay; and Autumn Cheek, Chimezie, Jimenez and Gomis clocked in at 1:50.46 – good for fourth place and 4 points – in the 4 x 200 meter relay.

Elsewhere, the Thunderbirds had performances from Ciuffetelli in the 3000-meter run – she clocked in at 12:00.93. Ogundiran finished 11th in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:43.98, and Bottone placed 12th out of 24 runners in the 1000-meter run with a time of 3:19.28. Amanda Ribeiro also competed in the 600-meter run and finished with a time of 1:48.54.

Last, but not least, Brooke Duncanson finished in 16th place during the high jump competition and, in the shot put contest, Jazmyn Hodge and Cierra Jones placed eighth and 13th, respectively, out of 23 competitors.

Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills
(Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015;  A22)


Cougars, Tigers, Knights Race In Championships

Tigers and Cougars and Knights! Oh, my!

Last weekend, before the Super Bowl kicked off, the boys and girls from Commack, Northport and John Glenn high schools took to Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood where the large- and small-school county winter track championships were hosted on Jan. 30, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

A senior at Northport, Brian Fabian, left, races in the 300-meter dash at Suffolk Community College on Jan. 30 as a part of the county’s large-school championships.
A senior at Northport, Brian Fabian, left, races in the 300-meter dash at Suffolk Community College on Jan. 30 as a part of the county’s large-school championships.

In the boys big-school competition, the Cougars of Commack found the most success as they compiled 21.5 team points good for a 10th-place finish out of the 21 competing schools. Northport’s Tigers clocked in with 6 points of their own for 20th place. Participating in the small-school championships were the Knights of John Glenn’s boys winter track team, which finished tied for 19th out of 23 schools with their 4 points.

As for the girls, the Tigers were on fire for Northport as they tallied up 24 team points and found themselves with the sixth place spot out of the 20 schools that attended. Commack finished with 5 points to come in 17th place. In the small-school competition, the Lady Knights put up 6 points for a 19th-place finish out of 23 schools.

All three of the schools had their fair share of top-performers.

For John Glenn, Alice Chiodo, a senior, finished in fourth place in the girls high jump competition; the performance was good for 4 points. A sophomore, Deanna Peperno skillfully maneuvered hurdles in the girls 55-meter hurdle finals and finished with 2 points thanks to her time of 9.52, which earned her a fifth-place standing. Quentin Hardy, a senior, took care of business for the boys in their 55-meter hurdle competition as he supplied 4 points for the Knights with a fourth-place finish on a time of 8.02.

The Tigers of Northport had their biggest performance from Jackie Thorne, a junior, who placed second out of 24 runners in the girls 1000-meter run; she was awarded 8 points for her team thanks to her time of 3:02.31. Rachel Molzon, a sophomore, supplied 6 points of her own with her time of 1:41.75 in the 600-meter run, and Lauren Glancy added 4 points of her own thanks to her fourth-place finish in the triple jump. As a team, Thorne and Molzon – along with Emily Cerrito and Caren Shin – raced their way to a time of 9:58.27 and a third-place finish in the 4×800 meter relay, earning 6 points in the process. The boys Tigers team was led by sophomore Keith Pecora who finished with a time of 4:28.98 in the 1600-meter run and earned 6 points for the third-place finish.

Last, but not least, the Cougars of Commack had a standout performance by the 4×800 meter boys relay team – consisting of Michael Ricciardelli, Kevin Foley, Zach Hannahoe and Joshua Hadity – which was able to clock in at 8:16.66 to earn first place and 10 points. Senior Richard Kim finished at 7.67 in the 55-meter hurdles finals for a second-place finish and 8 points and Jake Forman, also a senior, dashed to 1 point of his own with a time of 37.89 in the 300-meter dash finals. In the high jump, both Nazim Phillips – fifth place and 2 points – and William Braxton – sixth place and 0.5 points – were able to find success for Commack. In the long jump, Amanda McNelis got things done for the Lady Cougars with her sixth-place finish, which added 1 point to her team’s score. McNelis added to her big day with a time of 8.68 in the 55-meter hurdles girls finals, which placed her in fourth and earned her team 4 additional points.

Kevin Foley, front, a Commack sophomore runs in the seeded heat of the 3200-meter run on Jan. 30 at Suffolk Community College in the county’s large-school championships.
Kevin Foley, front, a Commack sophomore runs in the seeded heat of the 3200-meter run on Jan. 30 at Suffolk Community College in the county’s large-school championships.

Both the Knights and Cougars now prepare for the state qualification meet, which begin at 9 a.m. on Feb. 8 – with the four teams competing at different times throughout the day – at Suffolk Community College.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record
(Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015;  A22)


Wildcats Race To Suffolk County Championships

As Walt Whitman High School senior Chad Maier rounded the track at Suffolk County Community College on Jan. 30, he knew he had one lap in the boys large-school 3200-meter run championships before he’d be crowned the winner.

“One more,” Maier shouted at a judge while making a “one” sign with his finger as he crossed the starting mark and ventured into the final lap.

A Whitman senior, Chad Maier, knows he has one more lap to go before being crowned the Suffolk County 3200 meter run champion on Sunday at the county’s large-school championships.
A Whitman senior, Chad Maier, knows he has one more lap to go before being crowned the Suffolk County 3200 meter run champion on Sunday at the county’s large-school championships.

Why was Maier so adamant about pointing out his final lap? Well, for starters, Maier was leading the pack for the entire race and knew he had just one more to go before winning. That, and the very same judge he motioned to had “rung the bell” – an indicator of when a race’s first runner enters their final lap – a bit too early; in fact, a lap too early.

Despite the confusion, finishing with a time of 9:46.35, Maier won the race and earned his school 10 points in the championship meet, in which the Wildcats finished in 11th place out of 21 teams with 20 points. Whitman’s girls team would take to the very same track on Sunday and finish in 13th place out of 20 teams with 12 points.

As for the boys, along with Maier’s first-place performance, senior Shamar Powell also clocked in ahead of his competition in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:22.67; he also earned 10 points for Whitman.

Other standouts include the boys 4×800 meter relay team – made up of Maier, Powell, Jonathan Vital and Jon O’Toole – which clocked in at 8:38.56, good for seventh place out of 15 teams.

For the Lady Wildcats, Alexandra Greaves, a junior, shined in the 55-meter dash with a new personal best time of 7.34. Greaves finished second in the race with that time during the large-school championships and earned Whitman 8 points. Allysia Jones, a senior, also ran in the 55-meter dash and finished with a time of 7.51, which was good for 2 points and fifth place.

Alexandra Greaves, a Whitman junior, races in the 4x200 meter relay on Sunday as a part of the Suffolk County winter track large-school championships. (Photo by Steve Bartholomew)
Alexandra Greaves, a Whitman junior, races in the 4×200 meter relay on Sunday as a part of the Suffolk County winter track large-school championships. (Photo by Steve Bartholomew)

Greaves and Jones – who teamed up with Antoinette Butts Miller and Amani Howard – also earned 2 points in the 4×200 meter relay with a time of 1:51.04.

Now the Wildcats prepare for the boys and girls Section XI Championship State Qualifier Meet on Feb. 8, which will once again be hosted at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood. Admission will be $6 and the meet is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015;  A30)


Tornadoes A Force At County Championships

As many prepared for “the Big Game” last weekend, the Tornadoes of Harborfields High School had their sights set on something else: the Suffolk County small-school winter track championships.

Hosted at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on Saturday, both the boys and girls winter track squads from Harborfields hit the indoor track with plenty of success. The girls, led by big performances from Melissa Greaves and Jamie Grossman, clocked in for 12th place with 16 points out of the 22 schools in attendance. The boys, supplied by Jack Wilson and Matthew Katz, finished in 19th place with 4 points of their own.

The school’s best individual performance came from Greaves in the girls 600-meter run, which she finished in third place with a time of 1:40.13. In the process, Greaves earned 6 points for Harborfields. Grossman chipped in with 4 points of her own following the 1500-meter run, which she finished in 4:58.85 to earn fourth place out of the 22 runners that participated.

Both Greaves and Grossman – along with Elizabeth Larkin and Kerry Gaye – stepped up in the girls 4×800 meter relay as well. The group finished with a time of 10:11.26, which was good for third place and 6 more points.

As for the boys, the Tornadoes’ sophomore, Katz, ran in the 1600-meter run; he finished with a time of 4:42.72 for fifth place and 2 points. Katz’ senior teammate, Wilson, raced in the 3200-meter run and earned 1 point for his time of 10:10.81.

Harborfields’ 4×200 meter boys relay team – made up of Justin Murphey, Randy Maldon, Ryan Dondero and Matt Moyka – also earned 1 point for their sixth-place finish in the run; they finished at 1:38.55.

Now, the Tornadoes will move on to the Section XI small-school state qualifier championships, which will once again be hosted at Suffolk County Community College, on Feb. 8. The action is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and admission is $6.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015;  A30)


Cold Spring Harbor Soars With County’s Best

St. Anthony’s High School kept its door open a bit longer than it typically does on a Tuesday night this week. As boys and girls from across Nassau County flocked to the school, the South Huntington school played host to the Section VIII County B Winter Track Championships – and the Seahawks of Cold Spring Harbor didn’t miss out.

Led by big performances from Isabelle Harouche and the 4×800 meter relay team, the Lady Seahawks cruised to 18 points and a ninth-place finish. The boys, powered by their 4×400 meter relay team, earned a point of their own.

Harouche, a senior, competed in the 1500-meter run and clocked in at 4:50.56. Her teammate, Daniela LoCastro, a junior, finished a few seconds behind her at 4:55.28. Respectively, the girls added 8 and 4 points to their team’s overall score with second- and fourth-place finishes.

The 4×400 meter relay team – made up of Harouche, LoCastro, Alexia Insigna and Katherine Wells – finished its competition in third place to earn 6 points of its own; the girls finished the race with a time of 10:36.66. The 4×400 meter relay team – which is Emma Baudo, Shannon Logan, Maggie Hahn and Jillian Futter – finished in seventh place with a time of 4:45.44.

As for the boys, the Seahawks for fueled by Eddie Fox, Gus Kasper, Jerel Sabella and Tyler Sellafico – better known as the 4×400 meter relay team. The boys, clocking in at 3:50.58, finished in sixth place out of the 10 teams that competed and earned Cold Spring Harbor 1 point.

Elsewhere, Kasper finished with a 39.08 time in the 300-meter dash, and Fox came in at 40.17 in the same race. The 4×800 meter relay team – consisting of Anand Jay Subudhi, Ryan Burns, Robert Becker and Justin Relf – finished in seventh place with its time of 9:32.60.

Next up, the Nassau County State Qualifier meet will be held, once again, at St. Anthony’s High School on Feb. 11. The meet is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015;  A31)

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