On Jan. 16-17 the two track teams traveled to Yale University in New Haven, CT. This is an elite meet that the athletes must qualify for. Through hard work this year's boys team sent eight athletes, and the girls team sent 14. In past years this meet has allowed the team to qualify for the state meet and break a number of school records. This year was no different with two athletes running state standard times plus three school records going down.
On the boys side Senior Christian Altamura has continued his dominance with rebreaking his own school record in the 3000 meter run (9:03.67). Some outstanding performances were put up by Rob Gaertner in the 3000 meters and Matt Granata in the 400. Some personal best times were run by Kevin First in the 55, and Sean Cooke in the 3000 meters. Another great spot was the relays, where all three finished in the top 12 for the first time in school history. The 4x4 ran a season best of 3:43.34 and finished 11th (Matt Granata, Dan Archer Adam Rodney and Rob Gaertner). The 4x2 ran a season best and finish in seventh place just missing the school record by one second (Matt Granata, Dan Archer, Adam Rodney and Mike Iacono). Finally, the 4x8 ran a season best of 8:57.76 and finished in 12th place (Christian Altamura, Rob Gaertner, Mike Iacono and Sean Cooke).
On the girls side junior Gina Nocerino has been a nice surprise to Nassau County this year by breaking a two-year-old record in the 55 meter dash running a time of 7.65. She also ran an indoor best time in the 400 meter (60.05) which is a junior school record. Some other outstanding performances were by Lucia Montefusco in the 3000 meter run (10:34.26) and Carolyn Mahon in the open 400 meters running a season best 62.89. On the relay side school history was made when the 4x4 took third place overall and received an Ivy school medal. The team was made up of senior Amanda Conroy, senior Carolyn Mahon, junior Gina Nocerino and junior Lucia Montefusco. Finally, the girls team took seven underclassman to this great meet which was the most that have ever qualified.