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Boys Track Team Set For Another Big Year

The Roslyn High School boys’ track team hopes to build on its outstanding spring season, when many players won individual conference and division honors, and Roslyn finished on top in its conference for the first time in decades.

The boys excelled at last spring’s division championships. Alex Spanbock won both the shot put and discus. Luke Unger was champ in the 100 meters. Miles Taylor, Luke Unger, Matt Au and Erwin Zavala combined to win the 4x100 relay. Matt Au scored in the 200 meters, Miles Taylor scored in the long jump to earn All-Division honors, and Derek Lin ran his best 400 meters intermediate hurdles to score and earn All-Division as well. The 4x400 relay of Harrison Spatz, Gabe Mabatah, Kamyar Noori and Luiz Maldonado finished second, culminating a very successful season for them. The 4x800 continued their rapid improvement with a first place finish earning Jake Lewit-McCauley, Eric Chung, Scott Schlacter and Walter (aka “Danny”) Mendoza All-Division honors. Jason Babazadah finished 4th in the 3200 meters.

The most incredible performance of the day was that of Mendoza. He won the 1600 meters with a personal best of 4:39, then won the 800 meters with a personal best of 2:01.2, and then anchored the 4x800 to victory. Coach Kevin Kearney said, “It was as remarkable a performance as I’ve seen in my 40 years around the sport — even more incredible in that his forte is the steeplechase, an event not scored in division championships.” Danny’s goal is to make the state championships this year and accompany Emily Lipari to that next level.

Despite losing a couple of talented seniors, Coach Kearney and Assistant Coach Elizabeth Brown are confident that the team is in very good shape for 2009-10. On Sept. 22, Roslyn won its first cross country meet, beating Garden City and Mepham, who are traditional powerhouses. Coach Kearney says,

“Our goal is to win our first cross country conference championship in over 30 years,” said Coach Kearney. “Who knows – maybe we’ll also be the first repeat boys track champs in Bulldog history.”