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Chaminade On Fast Track

MinRunning squad welcomes the challenge

Chaminade High School track coach Brian Hayes feels the message is simple. “If you’re a boy on Long Island and if you want to run fast, this is a good place to go,” he said.

The record would seem to bear him out. Chaminade has been among the top track programs in Nassau County for quite some time. The Flyers have 150 youngsters from freshmen to senior classes with seven coaches on staff.

“Track here is well-respected with a great tradition,” Hayes said. “It builds on itself. Kids want to be part of it. Our size is our strength. Our kids are driven academically and athletically. They’re motivated both in the classroom and on the field. They want to succeed.”

And they often do.

Earlier this season, in the Marine Corps Classic, the Flyers’ distance medley team of Sean Kelly, Caelum Maloney, Gunnar Nolan and Thomas Slattery ran a 10:21. For two months, that time stood as the best in the country. Then there is Chaminade’s 4x200 meter team, which set a school record of 1:31.6 earlier this season.

“That’s a blazing fast time,” Hayes said. “They’re among the top 10 in the nation. We’re looking to qualify that team for the state championships.”

Slattery, Maloney, Kelly and Jordan Brown also captured the 4x400 at the NSCHAA varsity indoor championships, a meet in which Slattery won three gold medals.

Rocco Signore runs the leadoff leg on the 4x200 with James Roberts, Liam Bradley and Kelsey Barabei behind him. “My job is to set the tone,” Signore said, “It’s a big responsibility.”

Signore brings a unique style to his assignment.

“I lean way forward,” he said. “If I leaned forward any more, I’d fall on my face. But the more I lean, the faster I go.” 

So are the rest of his teammates following his lead? “I showed it to Kelsey,” he said. “I had trouble convincing him.”

And Signore said he doesn’t mind running in traffic, either. “I run better when I’ve got somebody right behind me,” he said.

Recently, the Flyers traveled to Boston for the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix where some of the top distance runners in the country and the world were competing. “It was a great experience for our kids, staying in the same hotel, warming up on the track with some of the best runners in the world,” Hayes said. And it was there that Kelly learned an important lesson.

“Sean was running anchor on the 4x800 relay team,” Hayes said. “He got the baton in third place, 20 meters behind. He got the lead and was 20 meters ahead. Then he ran out of gas and we finished third. He needs to be more patient.”

Chaminade finished behind St. Anthony and St. John the Baptist in that race.

News

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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