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Athlete Of The Week

Fred Lang, 17, Mineola High School

Senior Captain Fred Lang is one of the most accomplished and hardest working individuals ever to come through the ranks of the Mineola Track and Field program.  His unyielding dedication has resulted in a tremendously impressive career with All Division, All Conference, and All County honors throughout his four years at Mineola.

Lang has nearly perfect attendance at practice, and treats every race like a championship event.  He is one of the toughest athletes out there, refusing to give up when competitors challenge him.

Countless times during his career he has fought and won a race in the last 100 meters or came from behind in the last leg of a relay to secure a victory. 

He is being highly sought after to compete on the collegiate level and looks forward to continuing his legacy after he leaves Mineola. It has been inspirational watching him run over the past few years.

Lang’s teammates look up to him for his dedication to his craft as well as his talent.  Freddy has proudly been the face of Mineola XC/Track & Field for the last four years.  He’s given Mineola the reputation of having a legitimate distance running program.

Lang holds school records in 4 and 5K runs. He is Mineola’s leading man in winter 4x800m and 3200m relays with times of 8:33 and 10:12 respectively. He also holds spring records in those distances with times of 8:32 and 10:16 as well as the 3000m-steeple chase record of 9:55.

A standout on the clay, he was All-Division in cross-country and All-County in spring track in ninth-grade. He also garnered those honors, as well as All-Conference in cross-country track, qualified for States in winter and spring track in 10th-grade.

Lang was named All-Division and All-County in the spring 4x800m relay and 3000m-steeple chase in his sophomore year. In his junior year, he was named conference champion in the 1,000, 1,600 and 3,200m races and qualified for State meets as well as All-Division honors in 400 and 800m hurdles and the 4x800m relay.

Fred was named county champion in the 4x800 relay this year and nabbed top honors in cross-country and winter track.

News

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


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