The Sachem East Girls Indoor Track team split its forces this past weekend with a crew of 30 competing in the North Shore Invitational at the Armory Track and Field Center, and 24 traveling to Providence for the Rhode Island Classic.
With nationally ranked Racewalkers Holly Lindoe and Sarah LaPorta flying to Texas for a 5-day Racewalk clinic and solid results at both meets, the squad now will begin to narrow its focus to meets closer to home.
Championship meets, like the League 1 and County Championships, loom just a month away.
"The girls are competing very well right now and are progressing right on schedule just like last year" said Coach Dan Schaub, who coordinated the Rhode Island trip. "Now we'll begin the transition from strength work to speed work to get ready for the Championship season."
Highlights from the North Shore Invitational included Diamond Jackson's 2nd place finish in the Shot Put (37'7.25"), and Stephanie Curtin's 6th place finish in the Pole Vault (8'). This was school-record-holder Curtin's first competition and a sign of good things to come.
Other highlights included Sam May (7.98) and Lauren Alberg (8.13) in the 55 along with 13 foot plus Long Jump performances by Rachel Emrick and Molly Osterberg. Danielle Curan and Megan Murphy turned in excellent 300/ 4 by 400 Meter Relay doubles, and Kaitlin DeMartino ran strong in the 1000 (3:18.1).
The top overall performance at the Rhode Island Classic was the 2nd place finish of the Shot Put Relay team of Brittany Sepe, Gabby Trejo, and Taylor Kern (96'7.25"). This same group also placed 4th in the Weight Throw relay (107'1.75") with Trejo's 42'9" performance putting her in the Top 5 in New York State. The Shuttle Hurdle squad of Shannon Haberkorn, Paige Picascio, Katy Sullivan and Rebecca Carroll finished 3rd with a 37.62 clocking, and the Distance Medley Relay team of Jayda Allen, Allison Figalora, Laurie Semetsis, and Shannon O'Hehir was 5th in 13:10.77.
Next up for the East Girls will be the Hispanic Games at the Armory on Saturday, and the last Crossover meet- XO "D"- on Sunday at Suffolk West.
This article was submitted by Peter McNeil.