Despite being well below full strength, the Huntington girls’ track and field team came within 4.75 points of first place in the 18 team Paul Limmer Invitational at W.C. Mepham High School.
The Blue Devils were missing several of their regulars, but the athletes who turned out for the meet were really something very special.
Head coach Shawn Anderson cobbled together a very competitive squad that picked up points here and there and ended up besting some fine teams. When the dust finally settled and the scores were tabulated, Huntington had finished second to only Arlington High School, located in Lagrangeville in Upstate Dutchess County.
Huntington girls' track finished second
at the Paul Limmer Invitational.
One of the most exciting battles occurred between Huntington teammates Marina Ruzic and Rebecca Caballero. They matched each other jump for jump until Ruzic finally edged ahead with a leap of 16-08.50 feet to claim second place. Caballero finished third with a jump of 16-08 feet.
In other events:
• 800m: Alexis Pastorelli (2:36.10) and Louise Koepele (2:36.45) placed in the top 10.
• 1500m: Hadley Clayton finished fifth in 5:24.24
• 4x800m relay: Huntington entered “A” and “B” teams in the event. Marina Ruzic, Rebecca Caballero, Alexis Pastorelli and Louise Koepele finished fourth in a time of 10:51.34. Not very far behind were Keily Rivas, Alexandra Mckenzie, Hadley Clayton and Sophie Dellecave with a time of 11:05.55 to take fifth place.
• Triple jump: Rebecca Cabellero and Mackenzie Joseph tied for fourth place, launching 32-04.5 feet. Sophie Dellecave finished second with a jump of 32-01.5 feet. “Both Joseph and Dellecave launched to new personal bests,” Anderson said. “Former Blue Devil thrower and current staff member Eddie Santos has been supervising the throwers and that has paid off significantly for them.”
• Discus: Nephar Durand notched a significant personal best by almost 10 feet, tossing a 91-02 to finish second. Jolena Smith took fourth with a season best effort of 88-03 feet. Frosh Mya Davis threw 51-07 feet in her first competition to finish 14th out of 40 competitors.
• Shot put: Jolena Smith and Nephar Durand traded positions this time with Smith finishing second (30-10 feet) and Durand placing fourth (29-09 feet).
• Pole vault: Mackenzie Joseph soared to a new personal best height of 8-06 feet for second place, missing the top spot based only on misses. Alexandra McKenzie placed fifth with a height of 7-06 feet.
“The field events really shined today, despite the cool, strong winds that blew,” Anderson said.
Powerful Arlington compiled 35.75 points, edging Huntington, which tallied 31. Defending Nassau class champion Valley Stream North was third (30) and Smithtown West took fourth place (27.25). Ardsley was fifth (24.75) with traditionally strong St. Anthony’s in sixth (20). The rest of the field trailed far behind.
“Considering the chilly and windy weather, this was a fantastic meet with some new bests,” Anderson said. “Being that it was early in the season is even more exciting.”