RCS track and field competes in first meet of season

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By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

Junior Khalia Robinson, baton in hand, readies for the 4×1 relay. Melanie Lekocevic/Capital Region Independent Media

RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The girls and boys track and field athletes laced up their running shoes and hit the track Tuesday for the first meet of the season.

Junior Khalia Robinson competed in several events, including the 100m and 4×1 relay.

“I ran the 100m and I did good,” Robinson said as she warmed up for the relay race. “I have been doing track since seventh grade and I still get nervous, especially because there are only two teams today.”

In addition to RCS, Tuesday’s meet hosted Schalmont and Albany Academy for Girls.

RCS athletes are looking forward to a busy spring with seasonal meets and invitationals, girls’ Head Coach Kasey Biernacki said.

“This year, we have a team of 22 talented student-athletes representing our RCS Girls Track & Field team,” Biernacki said. “Senior Captains Maria Morrow, Katherine Pagnotta, Julianna Tourangeau and Uchenna Uba are coming right back into the spring season after a successful winter indoor track season.”

Uba competed at the state championships in Staten Island in two indoor winter events.

“Uchenna Uba represented RCS at the NYSPHAA Indoor State Championships, placing fifth overall for weight throw and 10th in the shot put,” Biernacki said. “All of these girls have worked hard these past few weeks to prepare for our season. Not only do we have talented seniors, but dedicated and eager underclassmen who are showing great potential. We are excited to see how our team competes in both the seasonal meets and invitationals we have set for this spring.”

There are four seniors on the girls’ track and field team: Niquela Green, Maria Morrow, Katherine Pagnotta, Arianna Ortiz, Taniesha Seals, Laurel Ticer, Julianna Tourangeau, Uchenna Uba and Cianna Williams.

Freshman Katie McFerran competed in long jump in her first competition with the team. She went straight to the varsity team and did not compete with junior varsity.

Freshman Katie McFerran competes in the long jump. Melanie Lekocevic/Capital Region Independent Media

“This is the first track meet I’ve ever been at,” McFerran said. “It’s interesting.”

Cynthia Wheeler cheered for her daughter, seventh grader Catalina Wheeler, from the sidelines.

“She just started running in September,” Cynthia Wheeler said. “She started initially with cross country and she did so well in cross country that she was asked to join the varsity team. We are very proud of her.”

Results for the girls’ team were as follows:

AAG: 71

Schalmont: 50

Ravena: 81

AAG: 55

Ravena: 88

Schalmont: 48

RUNNING EVENTS:

4×800: RCS 11:22.7 (Julianna Tourangeau, Katelyn Visone, Catalina Wheeler, Katie Pagnotta) 

100m HH: Uchenna Uba (RCS) 18.9 

100m: Iciar Gorospe (AAG) 13.2

1500m: Erin Bohler (AAG)  5:15.7

4×100: AAG 53.3 (Lucie Frazier, Isabel Choma, Styliana Mantzouris, Iciar Gorospe)

400m:  Katie Pagnotta (RCS) 1:05.7

400m IH: Erin Boler (AAG) 1:22.3

200m: Abby Hughes (SCH) 27.4

800m: Gianna Angelozzi (SCH) 2:37.1

3000m Erin Boler (AAG) 11:19.3

4×400: AAG (Lucie Frazier, Isabel Choma, Ava Peruffo, Iciar Gorospe) 

FIELD EVENTS:

Discus:     Uchenna Uba     (RCS)         124’6”

Shot Put:     Uchenna Uba     (RCS)         34’10”

High Jump:     Lucie Frazier     (AAG)         4’9

Pole Vault:     Ellena Chase     (AAG)         7’6”

Long Jump:     Zara Kushner  (SCH)        13’3”

Triple Jump:     Abbey Hughes (SCH)        32’11”

The boys’ team scores were as follows:

Albany Academy – 101

Ravena – 37

Schalmont – 79

Ravena – 51

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