H-ton Girls’ Indoor Track Sharpens Performance

Huntington girls' winter track is sharpening its performances.

December 13, 2016

One month into the winter season the Huntington High School girls’ indoor track and field team is sharpening its performance. The Blue Devils turned in an impressive set of results during a crossover meet this past Sunday night at Suffolk-West in Brentwood.

In the 1000m run, Alexis Pastorelli and Louise Koepele raced against each other and the clock, finishing 1-2 in 3:15.45 and 3:16.64, respectively. Freshman Karley Mathews notched a personal best in the race, crossing the line in 3:43.65.

Head coach Debra Cheskes and assistant coach Shawn Anderson are methodically putting the team through its daily paces and the teenagers are responding positively as the season ramps up.

“Our whole squad threw down some exciting performances, indicating we are heading in the right direction,” said Anderson about last Sunday night.

In other action:

55m high hurdles: Ryann Gaffney notched a season best time of 9.40 seconds, which gave her fourth place. “It’s still far off her best, but every day she is working on the little things to get stronger,” Anderson said.
3000m run: Eighth grader Valerie Rogel ran her first 3000m race ever, turning in a time of 12:47 for third place.
55m dash: Gaffney doubled back again this week, finishing third in 7.78 seconds. Not far behind were Rebecca Caballero (8.04), Catie Ricciardelli (8.47), Amber Stieve (8.59) and Haley Mortell (8.61).
600m run: Marina Ruzic opened up the season with a first place finish in a personal best time of 1:44.43. Keily Rivas was also impressive, finishing eighth in 1:55.22. Colette Baron hit a best of 2:01.07 while Erika Varady, the school record holder in the outdoor 1500m race-walk notched a personal best time of 2:02.68
300m dash: Ricciardelli, a newcomer to the team, turned in the Blue Devils’ fastest time of the meet in the 300m dash, finishing seventh in 47.09 seconds. Stieve (49.10) and Christina Nigro (49.20) also crossed the finish line with sub-50 second times.
1500m run: Hadley Clayton went out aggressively from the start, turning in a time of 5:26.22 to finish 12th in a field of 37.
1500m race-walk: Most of the race-walkers doubled back from earlier events and were not fresh, but that didn’t stop them from posting some fast times. Erika Varady led the charge with a first place finish in 7:52.46, an indoor best for the teenagers and just two seconds off alum Kayla Eidle’s school record of 7:50.57. Rivas also posted an indoor best of 8:20 for third place. Nicole Arenth was sixth in 9:00.79.
Shot put: Nephar Durand notched a huge personal best throw of 32-02.50 for fifth place. Jolena Smith tossed 28-04.50 for eighth place.
Triple jump: The jumpers turned in strong performances, too, with Mackenize Joseph leading the way with a third place finish with a distance measuring 32-01.25. Sophie Dellecave was fourth (31-07.75) and Liz Berjeka was sixth (30-10.25).

“All in all it was a much improved showing over last week,” Anderson said. “We are excited for things to come.”

The Blue Devils will be at Suffolk-West again on Saturday at 5:15 p.m. for another crossover meet between different leagues. Huntington will compete in invitational meets at the Armory in Manhattan and the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island during the holiday period.

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Huntington senior Marina Ruzic notched a personal best.
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Huntington track star Alexis Pastorelli.
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Huntington track star Louise Koepele.