Undefeated Girls Spring Track Earns League Title

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The high school’s girls spring track team finished with an undefeated 6-0 record and won its first league title since 2008. Their 82-68 victory over previously undefeated Kings Park on May 16 earned them the championship.

Among the top individual performers were juniors Jackie Ginty and Katie Ginty, who excelled in the sprints, particularly the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, where they finished first and second in the 100-meter every meet, and first and second in the 200-meter at every meet save one. The Ginty sisters also were part of the undefeated 4x100-meter relay team with junior Shannon Lauinger and senior Jackie DeRosa.

Jackie Ginty also performed exceptionally in the long jump all season, reaching 16 feet, 2 inches; Lauinger was undefeated in the pole vault, jumping 8 feet, 6 inches; and DeRosa was the school’s primary threat in the triple jump, hitting a season-best jump of 33 feet, 5 inches.

The Lady Redmen throwers had a terrific season, led by sophomores Jessica Churpita, Buse Duyku and Nina Senn. Duyku had a best shot put throw of 30 feet, 5 inches, while Senn threw the discus 102 feet, 8 inches.

East Islip’s race walkers were led by senior Jackie Rulon and junior Madison O’Toole, while the distance squad, which dominated all season long, was consistently spearheaded by by seniors Amanda Engrassia and Jessica Carino, along with freshman Christie Czajka.

“Overall, it was a great season for our team,” said coach John Reynolds. “We had a goal of winning the league title, and through hard work and preparation, the girls achieved that goal. While track and field is typically viewed as an individual sport, these young ladies worked together as a team, constantly sacrificing their own success for the team success in a quest for a championship. The bigger the occasion, the better the performance. It was a pleasure working with such outstanding student-athletes and watching them grow throughout the season.”