Friday, 03 February 2012 00:00
The girls’ winter track and field team has already achieved a goal they set at the beginning of the season. On Jan. 18, the girls competed in the Conference VI Championship and improved upon their performance from last year by scoring 71 points and finishing in third place. The girls placed 3rd last year as well, but accumulated only 65 points.
The girls’ success at the meet was highlighted by some outstanding All-Conference performances. In the long jump, the girls earned 20 points including 10 points from senior captain Emma Perez who won the event and 6 points from freshman Jenna Pareti who placed third. Junior Nina Ribeiro earned two Conference Champion titles in the 55-meter high hurdles and the triple jump. The last Conference Champion for the Lady Mustangs was sophomore Kaitlyn Latella who won the 1500-meter racewalk. Other contributors to the 71 point effort were senior captain Cinthia Martins, sophomore captain Caroline Mueller, sophomores Marissa Cotroneo, Rebecca Chiu, and freshmen Sabrina Ferreri and Caitie Cunningham.
Since the girls’ Conference Championship meet was scheduled so early this year, they now have plenty of time to prepare for the County ‘B’ Championship. The girls are looking to add the title ‘All-County’ to their resumes as they prepare to compete in their respective events and hopefully move on to the Section VIII State Qualifier meet a week later.
The girls will compete on Wednesday Feb. 8 at St. Anthony’s High School at the County ‘B’ Championship and Wednesday Feb. 15 at the same location for the Section VIII State Qualifier.
The Mineola boys’ winter track and field team has compiled some excellent performances so far this season as they move towards the Conference VI Championship on Feb. 1. The boys have taken advantage of the mild winter to get quality practices in as they strive for their first conference championship in years.
Leading the way for the boys has been junior captain Fred Lang, who became the 1000-meter champion at the Friendship Games by winning the event in three consecutive meets. Fred also won the 1600-meter at a developmental meet at St. Anthony’s High School on January 11th by running 4:40.8.
In addition, the team has gotten stellar performances from two sophomores, Jake Tavernite and Dylan Bestler to give the team more depth and youth. Jake won the 1600-meter in the freshmen/sophomore division at the Friendship Games and Dylan placed third in the 600-meter run in the freshmen/sophomore division at the same meet.
The boys will also look to some other key contributors to score points at the conference meet. Senior captain Detrick Cuascut will lead the field event scoring for the Mustangs in the triple jump, high jump, and shot put.
Senior captain Pedro Vela looks to go All-Conference in the 600-meter. The Mustangs are also counting on senior Craig Weber, junior Brad Coleman, sophomores Edwin Vela, Anthony Cueter, and Mellique Nicholas, and freshman Robbie Lang to amass points for the squad come championship time.
Come out and support the boys’ winter track and field team on Wednesday Feb. 1 at St. Anthony’s High School as the compete for the Conference VI Championship.