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Shot Putter Tara Belinsky Won First Place

Four months into her freshman year, Tara Belinsky was approached by Track and Field throwing coach Russ Anbinder, asking if she would be interested in throwing the shot put. Like most Manhasset High School girls, she had grown up playing PAL youth lacrosse and planned to play lacrosse for Manhasset. Even though she didn’t know much about the shot put, she decided to give it a try during that freshman indoor season. That first season, Belinsky qualified and medaled at the NYS Indoor State Championships, setting off a series of events that no one could have expected.

Ever since her first practice throw of the eight-pound shot put, it has been a steady progression resulting in first place at the 2013 New York State and Federation Championship in shot put with a PR of 44' 3" at Middletown High School on June 8. Tara has now medaled in three of the four State Championships she has qualified for. She goes into next year as the number-one ranked shot putter in New York State.

Former Manhasset Track and Field coach Richard Marks confirmed that Belinsky became only the second Manhasset High School girl to win a NYS Outdoor State Championship, joining Shauna Byfield, who in 1999 won in the High Jump. Belinsky has had a stellar year, as she has placed second at the NYS Indoor State Championships, was named an Indoor Track and Field All-American, came in fourth place at Nationals, and medaled at the Penn Relays. She was also named to the All Long Island Indoor Track and Field. In a little more than two years, Belinsky has become one of Manhasset’s most accomplished Track and Field athletes—and she still has her senior year to add to her athletic resume.

Coach Steve Sproul is happy that he has Belinsky for one more year and believes that she will continue to improve. “Tara is a hard worker who has an intense desire to succeed. She has worked hard on improving her technique, speed and strength and that effort has led to her success. Tara is also a positive leader for our program,” Sproul said. Coach Anbinder commented that he is impressed with how quickly she has developed into a nationally ranked shot putter.

Belinsky currently holds the Manhasset High School records for indoor and outdoor shot put and for discus. Coach Sproul hopes to see her break these records many more times during her senior year.

News

Negotiations are currently underway between the Village of Farmingdale and members of the local CSEA labor union. After a closed door executive session meeting, on Jan. 6, village trustees met with members of the labor counsel to iron out terms of a new contract proposal, which they said will hopefully meet the fancy of union leaders. 

 

“We have sent our proposals out there,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we are just waiting for the CSEA membership to approve it.”

A new Child Care Centerfor children ages eight weeks through Pre-K—opened at Farmingdale State College this week, which will be open to the community and the college campus. 

 

“The College owes a great deal of thanks to everyone involved in this project,” said Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen. “This center provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children of our students, faculty and staff.

Especially for our students, the availability of quality child care can determine whether or not they are able to complete their education.”


Sports

On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.

In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.

Second at Counties, State Quals as Weilep Qualifies for State Meet

The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.


Calendar

Champions for Charity

Thursday, December 5

Mens' Club Luncheon

Thursday, December 5

Holiday Tree Lighting

Friday, December 6



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