By Melanie Lekocevic
Capital Region Independent Media
RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — Intermittent raindrops eventually turned into a steady rainfall for Tuesday’s track and field meet, but the Indians were not deterred.
The girls’ teams competed against the all-girls’ Academy of the Holy Names and La Salle Institute, with the boys’ team facing off against La Salle, in an April 26 meet on the Indians’ home turf.
The competition was the last home meet of the regular season for the Indians and Senior Night, honoring the 19 male and female graduating seniors.
About a half hour into the meet there was a light drizzle that turned into a heavier rainfall about 20 minutes later.
But the Indians persevered.
The girls’ team has had a phenomenal season and as of Tuesday remained unbeaten with a 6-0 record, Coach Kasey Biernacki said.
“The RCS girls’ track and field team has formed such a close bond these past few weeks,” Biernacki said. “This tight-knit team puts in the work at practice and cheers on their teammates in their individual events.”
RCS senior Niquela Green has been competing in track and field events for three years, but this is her first year running for the Indians. She moved to the local area this year from Pittsburgh so is new to the school, she said.
She participates in several events and favors the hurdles.
Green said competing in the hurdles event is exciting.
“It’s very thrilling,” she said. “You have motivation to just get ahead and keep going. You have to have a lot of motivation to say, ‘Yes, I can do this,’ — it’s just fun, and it’s my favorite event, personally.”
Green also competes in long jump as well as the 100-yard dash, but did not run in that event at Tuesday’s meet.
The girls’ team defeated Holy Names 78-62, and came out on top against La Salle 117-18.
The boys’ team competed against the La Salle Cadets, scoring 51 to the Cadets’ 85.
RCS honored the track and field seniors who are graduating this year on Senior Night.
“I am beyond proud of our seniors and wish nothing but the best for them,” Biernacki said.
Seniors on the girls’ team are Niquela Green, Arianna Ortiz, Taniesha Seals, Brianna Strock, Laurel Ticer, Cianna Williams, Regina Ware-Salazar, Maria Morrow, Katherine Pagnotta, Julianna Tourangeau and Uchenna Uba.
Seniors on the boys’ team are Nicholas Abrams, Emmanuel Carmichael, Erik Chapman, Deondre English, Ryan Graham, Izaak King, Jason Margiasso and Na’Sir Miller.
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