Friday, 19 March 2010 00:00
The Mineola boys winter track and field team just completed its most successful season in school history. Despite the horrid weather this season, the team finished second at their conference championship meet, scoring 129 points. The team more than doubled last year’s performance of 57 points at the conference championship meet and toppled their all-time record of 70 points at the meet.
Seven boys also earned all-conference honors at the meet, including senior captain Jobin Abraham. Jobin was the MVP for the Mustangs, scoring 26 points and earning All-Conference honors in all three of his events (long jump, triple jump, and pole vault). The two other athletes to earn All-Conference honors in multiple events were juniors Nuno Tinoco and Marco Oliveira.
Tinoco, a team captain, was the 1000-meter conference champion and also earned All-Conference honors in the 1600-meter run. Oliveira won both the 55-meter dash and the 300-meter dash at the conference championship meet.
The other athletes earning all-conference honors were Joe Dores (triple jump), D’Andre Ellerbe (shot put), Juan Lopez (55-meter high hurdles), and Renjith Maracheril (high jump).
The boys’ team also had a strong showing at the Class B County Championship meet and finished in eighth place. At the meet, four boys earned Al-County honors.
Oliveira earned All-County honors in the 55-meter dash. The 4X200 meter relay team of Oliveira, Dores, Abraham, and Juan Lopez became Class B county champions after an outstanding anchor leg from Lopez. The relay team also displayed perfect baton passing during the race.
This season was a big step for Mineola track and field. There were six school records broken for the boys’ team and most important of all, there was a fire in the team’s eyes that could be seen at every meet. The next step is for the boys to continue their success in the upcoming spring track season.
New School Records
Marco Oliveira – 55m – 6.4 seconds
Juan Lopez – 55m high hurdles – 8.0 seconds
Nuno Tinoco – 1000m – 2:44.9
Nuno Tinoco – 1600m – 4:40.3
Joe Dores – Triple Jump – 41 feet, 00.5 inches
Richie Forte, Fred Land, Sal Massa and Nuno Tinoco – 4X800m relay