From Sneakers to Spikes

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By MALAYNA DILSNER-LOPEZ

This spring The Oceanside Girls Track Team is looking to continue their success. While it is a young team, there is talent and potential waiting to produce results. Luckily the younger girls will have guidance from the captains and upperclassmen.

To the outsider it might seem like just running in circles, but there are many different disciplines within the sport. Sprinting and jumping takes more explosive force and speed. The sprinters are led by Lauren Rullo and Kimmie Williams who both ran great races this winter season, especially considering they are underclassmen. These girls focus on events that are under 400 meters, or one lap around the track. It looks like Oceanside will have one of its best 4×400 meter relays in years and can improve its 4×100 as well with the new freshmen additions.

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Setting the bar high might sound like just an expression to most but that is exactly what sophomore jumper Kailee Vaseghi intends to do this season as she looks to repeat her All-Conference achievement in the high jump from last spring. Her current mark of four feet ten inches puts her with the top girls in the county. They will look to compete against the competitive sprinters and jumpers from Uniondale and Hempstead.

The distance crew is young but strong and sophomores Christina Moran and Josena Joseph look to compete against the top distance programs of Syosset and Massapequa with help from the young and steadily improving Andria and Nikki Scaglione. The endurance of these young ladies is strong but what is really impressive is their dedication and desire to improve.

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Too often the field part of track and field is overlooked, but that has been a that backbone of these Lady Sailors. The team is coming off of an impressive winter season with some achievements that have not happened for some time, like our two All-County recipients in the shot put Jordyn Landau and Alexa Ford.  These ladies were recently honored at the Nassau County Winter Track All Star Dinner. Hopefully they will continue to bring home awards this spring, their teammates Tatyanna Ogbue and Kylie Florio add great depth to the throwing contingent and look to bring some hardware home for themselves in the discus as well as the shot.

An upcoming event to look forward to is the return of the Blue & White invitational which will take place at our very own track on Friday May 20th. There has not been an invitational at Oceanside High School since 2009! Captains Megan Lutz and Jordyn Parks said ”It will be a great experience and we can’t wait to have it at our school.”  Look out for your trackies this coming spring season