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The Nassau County Boys and Girls Indoor Track Championships were held on Super-Bowl Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. at Suffolk County Community College. Manhasset's Shannon Mason (12) won the county championship in the 55-meter dash; was fourth in the long jump and ran the anchor leg on the county championship 4 x 200 meter relay team. The other very fast members of the gold medal relay team were three juniors: Kadeem Howell (1st leg), Shea Licata (2nd leg) and Chase Cotter (3rd leg). All three juniors are top football players and are very fast and strengthen the relay around Mason who is one of the fastest athletes in Nassau County. The team outran top teams - Westbury, Roosevelt, Lynbrook, Garden City, Malverne and Valley Stream South for the title. Shannon Mason was MVP scoring 16 1/2 points for his team.

Manhasset also scored in other track and field events. David Knowles (10) and Robert Maisano (10) both were finalists in 1000 meters where Knowles was seventh. In the 1600 meters Knowles ran his personal best time of the season to score fifth (2 points) in a field of 24 runners - an excellent performance for a sophomore. Vincent Rizzo (11) was seeded ninth in the shot put but outperformed those seeded better to score sixth place and make all All-County. Rizzo improved almost two feet for a personal best throw of 39'5 1/2". Kadeem Howell was a finalist in the 55-meter dash.

Monday - Feb. 12 the team was scheduled to compete in the Nassau County State Qualifer at SCCC and if successful will travel to Cornell University on March 4 for the New York State Indoor Track Championships.


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