Friday, 11 June 2010 00:00
The Mineola Boys Track and Field Team has produced one of its most successful seasons ever. The team finished with a record of 13-1 in league meet play; its only blemish was a defeat to the eventual Division 4A champion, Valley Stream North. At the Division 4A championships at Valley Stream High School, the team scored a school history high 114 points, which landed Mineola in second place overall after the meet. All-division athletes included Italo Amorim in the 400 meter intermediate hurdles, Marco Oliveira in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, Juan Lopez in the 110 meter high hurdles, Joe Dores in the Triple Jump, Derek Cole in the Long Jump, High Jump, 400 meter dash and D’Andre Ellerbe in the Discus.
Going into the final event of the May 25 and 26 meets, Mineola was tied with Valley Stream South for first place with 65 points. The two teams were seeded less than .5 seconds apart. Ironically, the two teams were placed in adjacent lanes during the race, which added more fuel to the fire.
When both teams’ anchor legs received the baton, the two teams were in a virtual dead heat. Marco Oliveira of Mineola and Rashawn Providence of Valley Stream South sped down the final straightaway and Oliveira edged out Providence by .1 seconds, earning Mineola High School its first-ever County Championship. The relay team of Tom Satalino, Jobin Abraham, Juan Lopez, and Oliveira also set a new school record in the relay, running a time of 44.8 seconds.
All-County athletes included Nuno Tinoco in the 800 meters (set new program record with a time of 2:00.0), Ellerbe in the Discus (set a new program record with a throw of 145 feet, 1 inch), Fred Lang in the 3000 meter steeplechase (set a new school record with a time of 10:27.1), Oliveira in the 100 meter dash, Jobin Abraham in the Pole Vault (tied his own program record with a vault of 11 feet, 0 inches) and Derek Cole in the High Jump, 400 meters, and Long Jump (set a new school record in the Long Jump with a leap of 21 feet, 6 inches).