The girls track and field team from Calhoun High School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District would have a large task on their hands this season; as defending champs they would get every teams best shot each week in and out.
Despite graduating an All-State athlete and having their leader and captain Paige Sfiroudis sidelined with an injury the young colts would rise to the occasion and capture their second consecutive conference title.
Elizabeth Tuzzolo and Maura Walters got the meet going as they took second and third place in the 400m hurdles, with Maura running a three-second personal record.
“Maura has been a real find this season. She is a hard worker and willing to try anything we throw at her,” explained coach Joseph Migliano.
Kristina Losquadro and Lisa Jose kept the points going in the 100m dash, as they placed in first and second. Losquadro broke the school record in the 100m running 12.5.
“Kiki, as the team calls her, is really something else, Migliano said. “She was on the team as an eighth-grader and now is really starting to stand out as a freshman. Kiki gets faster every time we put her on the track and with her work ethic there’s no telling how far she will go.”
Tuzzolo ran a personal best in the 400m dash running a 61.2 and won second place.
“Liz has been a true competitor and leader all season,” Migliano said. “We ask so much of her every week and she never disappoints. Only a sophomore, she’s one of the fastest 400m girls in all of Nassau. She was the MVP of the meet for us, leading the way for our middle distance races.”
Faith Dwyer would run the 3000m race where she won third place and upset many girls who came into the meet seeded above her. Faith is only a freshman and she has taken over one minute off her 3K time running a 11:32.
“Faith is part of a youth movement we have going on over here at Calhoun,” Migliano said. “The girls all over the team are young and overly dedicated; I find myself every day saying ‘ok girls practice has been over for 40 minutes it’s time to go home.’ They don’t know how not to work and over achieve.”
Lisa Jose went into the 200m dash as the third seed but finished first breaking the school record with a time of 26.3. She was accompanied by Kiki and standout eighth-grader Alyssa Crews as the girls finished the race taking first, third and fourth places. Lisa made up the stagger on her competitors within the first 50 meters and didn’t look back.
“Special would be an understatement, Lisa is one of the quickest athletes I have ever coached,” he said. “She has a stride and turnover that many girls can only dream to have. I can’t wait to see how far track and field will take her.”
The 800m was a key race for the Colts and they knew that this could make or break the meet. Julianna Razza and Katie Corona took the race out at a fast pace setting them up in a great position for the last 200m. The girls both ran personal bests and took second and third place gaining massive points on Manhasset.
“Julianna is only an eighth-grader and she was asked to perform as an upperclassman,” Migliano said. “She has gotten faster every time we run and truly is starting to love the sport of track and field. She has stepped up in big spots all year and today was no different.”
Katelyn Goodman knew she would have to step up in the absence of her best friend and jumping partner, Paige Sfiroudis; and step up she did. Katie won the pole vault and took second in Long and Triple Jump.
“Katie is one of the hardest workers on the team gives all she has day in and out,” he said. “She is a real leader and many of our young athletes look up to her.”
The throwing events sometimes get overshadowed by the track events, but Calhoun knows its importance. Madison Padro and Jamie Campanelli would lead the shot putters to a 1, 2, 3 finish picking up 13 big points. Victoria Unz would upset three girls to win the discus with a personal best throw of 92 feet.
“These girls are crucial to the team’s success,” Migliano said. “They never get enough credit, but meet in and out we can always count of them to do their job and they have all year long.”
Entering the relays at the end of the meet Calhoun knew they needed a solid showing to hold off Manhasset. Alyssa Crews led off the 4x400m race running a personal best of 63.5. She handed off to freshman Nicole Devlin who ran a personal best as well. The girls took second place and made sure Manhasset didn’t pick up too many points.
“Alyssa is an eighth-grader and Nicole a freshman,” Migliano said. “They are tough, fast and competitors. Never backing down from older girls who are in their race. When these girls get a full year on training under their belt, Nassau watch out.”
Tuzzolo would come back with Corona, Razza and Samantha Latorre to win the 4x800m relay. This was the girls’ second and third race of the day. Feeling tired, run down and weak the girls all stepped up and took first place, ensuring the overall win for the Colts.
“We are young, driven and talented. Over 80 percent of our roster is made up of underclassman, and this group girls really work,” Migliano said. “They want to get better every time they step on the track; whether it be practice or a meet. They only know how to work hard and always strive for excellence. As a coach, that’s all you can ever ask for. This crew is special and only time will tell how far they can truly go.”