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Island Trees Boys Track: Paving The Way On The Track

On April 2, the Island Trees Boys Track team hosted their first meet in many years. They were victorious, beating the Malverne Mules, the East Rockaway Rocks and the Seaford Vikings. They were led by their winning relay teams, which included the 4x100 meter team: Anthony Leonick, Adam Kirschner, Tom Brownstone and Tyler Blauvelt; the 4x800 team: John Rivera, Adam Kirschner, Chris Mule, and Lucas Panebianco; and the 4x400 “four horsemen” team: Ryan Paolino, Brendan Beiersdorfer, Nick Alavanja, and Lucas Pugliese.

In addition, Paolino won the gold in the individual 400-meter race with an outstanding time of 52.6 seconds. Pugliese won his 800-meter race with a commanding distance of at least 50 meters. Alavanja was dominant in winning both hurdle events. Blauvelt paved the way in the field events by being victorious in the long and in the triple jumps. Joe Stanco won the shot put competition, while Stephen Schmidt was the winner with a discus throw of 123’3”. This brings the teams overall two-year meet record to 18 wins and two losses.

News

More than 475 runners from all across Long Island, came together on Aug. 30, for the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile run.

 

For Andrea Kopatka, 49, of Levittown, this was her first race in three years. 

 

“I wanted to run this race before I turned 50,” she said. “It was on my bucket list.” 

Over the summer, 13-year-old Zachary Martin of Levittown was named an All-American athlete for his performance on the gridiron, earning him an invitation to the ninth annual Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

 

Martin, a defensive lineman for the Wisdom Lane Middle School Wildcats, said he was selected among a group of young athletes after attending a rigorous five-day football camp at LIU Post.  


Sports

The National Brain Tumor Society hosts its Long Island Brain Tumor Walk on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. Programs and activities run from 8 a.m. to noon.

Michelle Duffy of Levittown was recently named head coach for the Blue Angels’ cross country program at the College of New Rochelle. 

 

“We are very pleased to have a coach with Michelle’s pedigree take the reins of our cross country program,” said Athletics Director Harold Crocker. “Her success athletically and academically, as well as her ability to mentor and guide young women, makes her the ideal coach for the Blue Angels.”


Calendar

Island Trees Board of Education - September 17

Mini-College Fair - September 17

All-Star Comedy Show - September 18


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