Girls' Winter Track

Good Memories for Blue Devil Girls’ Indoor Track

The Huntington girls' winter track team finished second in the league championships.

March 21, 2017

The Huntington girls’ indoor track and field season is now but a memory. But it’s a good memory and one that the coaches and athletes will never forget.

Coached by Debra Cheskes and Shawn Anderson, the Blue Devils finished second in the league championships. The 45 member team was captained by Ryann Gaffney, Nicole Arenth, Alexis Pastorelli, Marina Ruzic and Mardnie Mentor.

“The league championships gave us a perfect result after all the hard work the team put in all season,” Cheskes said. “The team came together at the perfect time.”

Huntington was led by Gaffney, Erika Varady, Keily Rivas, Nicole Abbondandelo, Marina Ruzic and Rebecca Caballero. Gaffney was All-League, All-County and Academic All-County. Varady, Rivas, Caballero, Abbondandelo and Ruzic all earned All-League honors.

“Ryann is a talented hurdler and sprinter,” Cheskes said. “She set a new school record in the high hurdles.”

Varady steadily improved in the race-walk, shattering previous school records and earning a statewide ranking. Rivas “worked hard to improve all season,” Cheskes said.

Abbondandelo returned from injury to complete in the league championships where she finished second in the 3000m run. Ruzic was solid in long jump and simply outstanding in mid-distance running events.

Caballero also proved to be a multidimensional athlete, excelling in jumps, hurdles and sprints.

“This was a team of hard workers,” Cheskes said. “Over 50 percent of the roster was comprised of freshmen. There’s lots to build upon.”

Looking ahead to next winter, Abbondandelo, Varady, Rivas, Hadley Clayton, Niamh Condon, Sophie Dellecave and Mackenzie Joseph will be the top returnees with many others striving to make their mark for the Blue Devils.

Debra Cheskes
Huntington girls' indoor track head coach Debra Cheskes.
Keily Rivas
Huntington sophomore track star Keily Rivas.
Erika Varady
Huntington sophomore track star Erika Varady.
Nicole Abbondandelo
Huntington track star Nicole Abbondandelo.
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