After a very strong and successfulwinter season, the Calhoun High School Girls Track and Field team continued to roll as they successfully defended their spring conference title to claim theirsixth in a row.
“The girls rolled through the whole season on the backs of many talented and dedicated athleteswho had a single goal in mind – win,” explained Coach Joseph Migliano.
Sofia Zampella and Kaitlyn Stibritz led the distance crew week in and out. Many times, doubling and tripling in all distance events. Zampella and Stibritz are both ranked in the top three of Nassau County.
Julia Baguiao led the sprints and middle-distance team all season long, often running the 100, 200 and 400 meter races all in the same day. She is the school record holder in her respective events and is one of the top sprinters in all Long Island.
“The heart of the program has always been the jumps and hurdles; and this year has seen the strongest group in school history,” added Migliano. Led by All-State athleteSara Manson, the girls dominated the long and triple jump week in and out.”
Manson, who is the school record holder in the long and triple jump, propelled herself to number 3 in the state, jumping 18 feet 5 inches in long and 37 feet 10 inches in triple.
Along with the jumps, Manson is also ranked number 3 in New York State for the 100m hurdles.
Manson mentored Brooke Cancellarich, who is now the fourth best hurdler in Nassau County. Sophia Hines worked hard week in and out and following Manson’s lead has moved up to the second best triple jumper in Nassau and seventh in New York State.
Yolina Bastien, Lauren Rosario and Milan Alexander have shown tremendous strides and round out what can be considered the best jumps program in all of New York.
The girls hope to defend their Division title May 15 at Wellington C. Mepham High School and they look to claim the program’s first ever Spring County title on May 23 at Valley Stream North High School.