The season is still young, but the Huntington girls’ track and field team offered fans a glimpse at its well-balanced ranks at last weekend’s Valley Stream Challenge.
The Blue Devils vied against teams from Nassau and Queens and turned in several strong efforts. “The weather held out and although a tad cool and windy, the rain held off,” said Shawn Anderson, Huntington’s head coach. “Our girls still put up some solid early season performances.”
Alexis Pastorelli (8:21.34) and Louise Koepele (8:33.66) earned medals in the 2000m steeplechase by finishing third and fifth, respectively. In her first race, Niamh Condon won the novice section in 9:00.
Nicole Abbondandelo placed second in the 1500m run in a time of 5:11.51. “She was ‘mad’ with her race because she got outkicked in the final 150m, but it is just motivation for the rest of the season,” Anderson said.
Keily Rivas took sixth place the frosh/soph section of the 1500m run, turning in a personal best effort of 5:38.51.
In other highlights for the Blue Devils:
800m: Abbondandelo doubled back to take third in a time of 2:33.55.
200m: Anna Gulizio dropped down in distance from her normal 400m and placed third in a time of 28.50 seconds. Katie Seccafico was seventh in 29.90.
Frosh/Soph Spring Medley Relay: The race consists of legs covering 400m, 200m, 200m and 800m. Huntington’s relay team of Sophie Dellecave, Bella Thompson, Haley Mortell and Hadley Clayton took third overall in a time of 4:46.77.
High jump: Gulizio led the way with a personal best of 4-08 feet to claim first place. Rebecca Caballero was third with a leap of 4-04 feet and Seccafico was fifth with a jump of 4-02 feet. “With the weather as it was, anything over 4-02 feet is a solid mark,” Anderson said.
Triple jump: Mackenzie Joseph took first with a distance of 31-09 feet. Sophie Dell-cave was right behind her with a jump of 31-02 to finish second. Thompson improved on her previous best by leaping 27-09 feet.
“Our jumpers have shown some excellent consistency this season with technique, attitude and excitement level,” Anderson said. The addition to the Huntington coaching staff of former Long Island and Suffolk champion Mark Jackson, an All-State jumper who attended high school at Longwood has also helped elevate the Blue Devils’ jumping performances.
Discus: Nephar Durand won the frosh/soph section of the competition with a toss of 74 feet. Teammate Jenna Yabroudy was second with a personal best throw of 73-09 feet. In the senior section, Jolena Smith was fourth with a throw of 76-10 feet. Mardnie Mentor threw a personal best distance of 74-02.
Shot Put: Durand added to her gold medals with a toss of 29-1.5 feet. Royyele Sainvilus improved by three feet to 24-4.5 feet. In the senior section, Smith took third with a throw of 30-7.5 feet.
“It will be exciting to see how the athletes perform as the weather warms up and improves,” Anderson said.