Calhoun Girls Track Team Three-Peats as Division Champions

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The girls from Calhoun High School traveled to MacArthur High School on May 15 for the Division Championships. Due to weather, this meet would go on for the next two days as well.

The girls got off to a fast start as Elizabeth Tuzzolo took third place in the intermediate hurdles and new comer Maura Walters would take fourth, scoring a big 10 points for the colts.

The 1500m was dominated by Manhasset and Mepham respectively, however freshmen Alexandra Unz ran a 13 second PR and grab 1 point for the team. The colts got back on the scoreboard with the sprints and field events.

Lisa Jose and Kristina Losquadro lead the sprint group and picked up some big points in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Lisa earned all division in the 100m.

Katie Corona and eighth grader Julianna Razza ran the 800m race next; both girls ran season bests and picked up important points for the team as they caught up more and more on the competition. Julianna qualified for the New Balance National Championships and will run the mile in Greensboro, NC June 16.

The 400m race was a big one for the team. Elizabeth Tuzzolo got to the 300m mark first and battled valley steam for the last 100m slowly pulling away from her competition, to earn the victory and 10 points for the colts. 

“I knew it was going to be a tough race, I just finished running my hurdles and the other girls were fresh,” Tuzzolo said. “All I kept thinking about was our race plan. Coach and I always have a plan for the race and today was no different. I wanted to get out fast and make the rest of the girls chase me, I didn’t want to leave anything to chance, I wanted, I needed to win for the team. The last 50 meters all I could think about was driving my knees high and swinging my arms as fast as I could. We do arm drills every day for this reason and they paid off.” 

The team regained the lead in the field events. Madison Padro, Jamie Campanelli and Victoria Unz would take first, second and fourth in the shot put scoring 22 points for the team. Unz went on to win the Discus and become Division champion. A lot of credit goes out to Unz for being able to throw Discus in such awful weather conditions; between the rain and wind, there is no tougher field event to compete in.

Freshmen Faith Dwyer ran the 3,000 meters for the team and not only did she run a personal best, but she took fourth among some of the best distance runners in the county. 

“Faith is a tough, hard working girl who gets faster in each meet she runs. She will be a serious force in the track world as she gets older and stronger,” Coach Joseph Migliano said.

Going into the relays there was a tie between Calhoun and Mepham. The 4x800m team of Katie Corona, Julianna Razza, Samantha Latorre and Elizabeth Tuzzolo dominated the race winning by over 30 seconds and become division champions and scoring a big 10 points for the team. 

“There’s no doubt in my mind that Elizabeth has led the team through out this spring season,” Migliano said. “She runs some of the hardest triples we have every meet, without complaint or issue. She is growing and maturing with each day and has proven herself to be a leader and captain of this team.” 

The 4x100m team of Mia Advocate, Kristina’s Losquadro, Lisa Jose and Jill Kosky would take third place in the relay. 

The 4x400m team went into this meet as underdogs with three freshmen and one 8th grader on the team. Eighth grader Alyssa Crews ran her season best in the 400 going 62.7 seconds and setting the team up in a good spot. 

“Alyssa is the future of our mid-distance team, she is fast, strong and dedicated,” Migliano said. “I asked her as an eighth grader to stay composed and perform like an upper class men and that’s what she did! She is a special talent and I can’t wait to see what she does next year.”

Ava Bayat ran the anchor leg for the girls hitting a season best of 65.0 and securing a third place finish for the team. 

At this point the colts were down by 1.5 points, only event left would be the Pole Vault, which was contested on day 3 at Calhoun High School.

Katelyn Goodman led the team in the jumping events. She scored big points in the Long and Triple Jump, but none bigger than her Pole Vault where she became division champion.  

As 3:30pm came on Thursday, the entire girls and boys track team would make its way to the Pole Vault area at Calhoun to watch Katelyn Goodman, Noelle Fuggio and Mia Advocate competed and sealed the win for the colts. Katie and Noelle both cleared 7’0 taking first and second place, while Mia Advocate who is known for her sprint speed, would step up and take fifth place for the team. The girls outscored Mepham 20 to 10 and would go on to with the meet by 8.5 points.

“This was a stressful 30min for myself and the entire team,” Migliano said. “All three of those girls kept their composure and knew what they had to do. They competed like true champions and I couldn’t be prouder. We’re a team and this meet proved it. Many people see track and field as an individual sport, but we relish the idea that it’s all about the team. This third straight championship was all about the team for us; we needed every single girl competing these three days in all aspects of the meet to win. No one was more important than the other and to see it all come together like this was magical. It’s tough to come up with the right words for how much I care about these kids, but they hold a real special place in heart and I can’t wait to see what else we can accomplish in the future”