Calhoun High School’s girls track and field in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District recently competed and placed in the Conference Championships at Saint Anthony's High School in Huntington.
Led by captains Cristin Rodriguez, Katie Goodman and Christina Garbarino, the girls started off slow as East Meadow dominated all the distance events, but then the sprints and field events began and this was Calhoun's time to shine.
Rodriguez not only won the 55m hurdles, but also claimed her second conference title in the high jump; setting her personal best of 5 feet, the number two mark in all of Nassau County, explained coach Joseph Migliano.
Goodman led the jumpers going 16 feet, 7 inches, a personal best and a top long jump in Nassau. Rodriguez, Goodman, Devon Bayer and Paige Sfiroudis dominated the long and triple jump events giving Calhoun the boost they needed.
Junior standout Katie Corona took second place in the 600m race, where she ran her personal best as well as earned eight points. Garbarino led the newly found race walkers to a necessary 15 points in the 1500m event.
Christina took second, senior Morgan Connelly took third and junior Lindsay Sheridan finished at sixth.
In the 4x400m relay race, Katie Corona got the team out to a solid lead and handed off to senior Olivia Levy, who handed it off to sophomore Cody Dateno.
Dateno ran a solid, strong race keeping the team in first place. On anchor for Calhoun was freshman Elizabeth Tuzzolo.
“[Tuzzolo] ran an amazingly strategic and fast race holding on to the lead at every turn helping Calhoun capture the 4x400m gold,” Migliano said.
Calhoun walked away with the runners-up plaque; something the Calhoun girls haven't done in more than two decades.
“The girls represented their school, coaches and alumni with honor and proved to Nassau County that they are a program to be reckoned with,” Migliano added.