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Mineola HS Boy’s Winter Track Takes Conference Championships By Storm

Runners place high in multiple events, garner All Conference honors

Mineola High School’s Boy’s Winter Track team turned in a solid performance at the 2013 Conference VI Championships held at St. Anthony’s High School on Jan. 17. Conference VI includes nine teams (Mineola, Valley Stream North, Roosevelt, Oyster Bay, Friends Academy, Wheatley, Clarke, Locust Valley, and Cold Spring Harbor.)  

Mineola placed second overall and had several outstanding performances.

Senior Captain Freddy Lang was a triple threat heavy-hitter, receiving All Conference honors in three separate events.  Lang was the 600-meter conference champion with an official time of 1:2, and was All Conference in the 3200 meter and 4x800 meter relay team.  

Senior Captain Brad Coleman dominated in all three jumping events, also receiving All Conference recognition three times.  Coleman was the Conference VI Champion in the Long Jump with his impressive mark of 19 feet 10 inches.

He also placed 3rd in the triple jump with a distance of 39 feet, 8 1/2 inches and second place in the high jump.  

Captain Anthony Caruso led Mineola in the shot put, receiving All Conference recognition with a third place finish, recording an impressive distance of 38 feet 11 inches. Captain Dylan Bestler was All Conference in the 600 meters finishing second overall.

Robby Lang added additional points to the team’s score with his 3rd place finish in the 1000 meters. He earned All Conference recognition and is one of the underclassmen with tremendous potential and a bright future with the Mineola Track program.

The 4x800 meter relay team of Joe Mulder, Jake Tavernite, Freddy Lang and Robby Lang were conference champions, placing first overall in the relay competition.  The team came from behind to take the lead and secure an exciting victory over some of the best relay teams in the Conference.

Award Winners

Freddy Lang

All Conference honors in three events  

600 meter Conference Champion 

Second place in the 3200 meter race

First place 4x800 meter relay team

 

Brad Coleman

All Conference recognition in three events  

Conference VI Champion in the long jump

Third place in the triple jump

Second place in the high jump

 

Anthony Caruso

All Conference

Third place in the shot put

 

Dylan Bestler

All Conference

Second place in the 600 meters

 

4x800 Meter Relay

Jake Tavernite

Joseph Mulder

Fred Lang

Rob Lang

First place, conference champions


News

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


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