The J. Taylor Finley Middle School girls’ track and field team featured many athletes with obvious talent. Several of the seventh and eighth graders are sure to be heard from again on the varsity level in the near future.
Coached by Phil Lowe and Carrie Postel, the 39-athlete strong team was captained by Sylvia Belanger, Josefina Fasolino, Molly Kessler and Karley Matthews.
Finley was led by seventh graders Isyss Jones and Lanaya Swazey and eighth graders Madelyn Kye, Julianna Quinones-Franco, Isabella Thompson, Steliani Vlahos, Vennyse Green, Jai-la’ Bush and Fasolino.
“All the girls were hard workers at practice and strive to get better at each track meet,” Lowe said. “It was a young team. They tried different events and had great chemistry with each other. We had very talented seventh graders and eighth graders that should help the varsity program.”
Finley girls' track coach
Phil Lowe. (Darin Reed photo.)
The Falcons won two of six meets, dropping several by narrow margins. A swing of less than 10 points would have produced a 4-2 mark. Finley topped Kings Park (62-37) and Oldfield (59-44) and fell to Northport (61-47), Elwood (69-21), East Northport (58-51) and Hauppauge (41-40).
Kye led the team in triple jump while Thompson and Quinones-Franco were the best in long jump. Vlahos, Bush and Vlahos paced the Falcons in shot put. Swazey (55m/200m), Jones (55m/100m), Thompson (55m) and Green (200m) were the fastest sprinters. Vlahos also excelled in discus.
Jones, Swazey, Alana Wallace (shot put) and Joe-Anne Clerveaux (shot put/discuss) are expected to be the leading returnees next spring.