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OBHS’s Shane Gianetti Breaks School Record in the Steeple Chase

The Steeple Chase record set by George Townsend in 2000 has finally been broken. Shane Gianetti broke the record time of 10:15.8 in the first steeple chase of his life. And for good measure, he broke it again. In his first race at Mitchell field, in the Section VIII relays, Shane ran a time of 10:13.2. “I was a little nervous about the water jump,” the senior proclaimed, “but after the first two laps, I got used to it. Getting used to the varying heights of the barriers was a more difficult adjustment, but doing hurdle workouts in practice helped a lot.”

The Steeple chase is a 3,000 meter run, which includes 4 barriers that the runner must hurdle. The 4th Barrier includes a water jump in which the athlete typically jumps with one foot and attempts to clear the water entirely. Rarely is this ever accomplished. This turns out to be one of the most grueling and certainly the wettest event on the track. The distance is approximately equivalent to that of 16 city blocks. Even those who are not track fans can appreciate the difficulty of doing that task in 10 minutes. Anyone who can finish this race deserves great accolades.

Shane recently ran this race with a time of 10:15.4 at the Nassau Coaches Invitational at Westbury, which was good enough for first place, and earned him a commemorative watch. Recently, Shane broke his own record with a time of 10:08.2 at the Seahawk Invitational at Cold Spring Harbor. His next goal is to break the 10 minute barrier, and represent Nassau County at the State meet on June 10.

Earlier this year, Shane Gianetti learned that he had ‘aced’ college placement in another sport. Shane signed a Letter of Intent to compete as part of the William Jewell College men’s tennis program in the fall of 2010. Giannetti is currently ranked 162nd in the nation and 16th in the state of New York, according to www.tennisrecruiting.net.

Jewell head coach Paul Worstell is thrilled about Giannetti’s arrival. “We are extremely excited to have Shane join our program,” said Worstell. “In my five years of coaching at William Jewell, he is the highest ranked recruit that we have signed and there were several NCAA Division I schools interested in him as well. I believe Shane will come in and have an immediate impact on our men’s team.”

In addition to his four-star recruit status on www.tennisrecruiting.net, Shane has also garnered All-County and All-State honors during his high school tennis career. Giannetti has also been successful in the classroom at Oyster Bay High School, as he has been named to the honor roll every marking period while attending Oyster Bay High.

Shane plans to study in William Jewell’s Premedical Advisory Program and will also pursue William Jewell’s Oxbridge Honors Program. The Oxbridge Honors Program is the only program in the United States offering a full curriculum of tutorial-based instruction in conjunction with a year of study in England.

Founded in Liberty, Missouri, in 1849, William Jewell College has earned a solid reputation among the Midwest’s most consistently honored and academically challenging private colleges. With its rigorous academic culture and focus on student achievement, the college offers students an outstanding education grounded in the liberal arts with a unique focus on cultivating leadership, intellectual and spiritual growth.