Calhoun Girls Track Qualifies for Nationals

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On Feb. 12, the Sanford H. Calhoun High School girls track team ventured into New York City for one of the most prestigious meets of the year and emerged as national qualifiers.

“Coming in virtually unknown and as a huge underdog, no one expected much from the girls - no one but them,” said Coach Joseph Migliano. “The task for the night was simple, run a certain time and qualify for the national championships, this was much easier said than done, as only one team in all of New York State had qualified already.”

The girls got off to a fast start led by junior standout Cristin Rodriguez. Rodriguez ran a personal best that night in her leg of the relay and set the team up in a good position.

“Rodriguez would hand off to junior sensation Devon Bayer for the next leg of the race,” said Migliano. “Looking like a veteran, Bayer ran a smooth and extremely fast leg, setting her personal best for the season as well.”

Up next would be senior leader and captain Juliann Vizoso running the 400 meter leg of the race. Vizoso was a game time decision for this meet, “as only two days prior she was in the hospital getting her lungs drained for a fluid build up,” according to Migliano. He said Vizoso ran her best race of the season setting up a smooth transition into one of the best runners this nation has to offer, Grace Moore. Moore ,who has been well known for her distance races, would run the 800-meter leg of the relay, and in true star fashion she did not disappoint, Migliano explained.

“Grace got off to a blazing start passing three girls within the first 200 meters,” Migliano said. “Grace ran a strategically smart and fast race setting up to pass her opponents at every opportunity. She would anchor the relay beating her personal best by over 10 seconds.”

They are the first national qualifiers in Calhoun High School history, and are currently ranked 43rd out of more than 150,000 high school teams in the country.

The girls will go on to represent Calhoun High School at the National Track and Field Championships on March 11 in New York City.