Girls Track Team Earns Medals

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The varsity girls winter track and field team earned several medals at the League 3 championship meet, held on Jan. 22 at the Suffolk West Indoor Arena at Suffolk Community College’s Brentwood campus. A field of more than 800 athletes from the 10 high schools in League 3 competed in the event.

Senior Jackie Ginty won the gold medal in the 55-meter dash, setting a new Suffolk County League 3 championship meet record. Eighth-grader Hannah Smalley earned fifth-place in the 1,000-meter run. The 4x200 relay team of Mary Kate Carroll, Jackie Ginty, Katie Ginty and Bridget Welch placed second, winning silver medals.

The team met with similar success two weeks later at the Feb. 5 Suffolk small schools championship meet, also held at Suffolk West Indoor Arena. In the 55-meter dash, Jackie Ginty won the silver medal while her sister Katie Ginty finished fourth. In the 1,000-meter run, Smalley again came in fifth while Christie Czjaka finished in eighth place. Buse Dukyu took ninth place in the shot put. The 4x200 relay team of Carroll, the Ginty sisters and Welch, and the 4x400 relay team of Courtney Conway, Czjaka, Sarah DiPrima and Smalley both took fifth place in their respective races. The entire team finished in 11th place out of the 31 schools competing.

“Congratulations to all of our girls track athletes,” said coach Mike Drozd. “They did a great job for a very young team, and I wish them good luck at the state qualifier meet next Monday.”