The best and brightest from the winter track & field season, as selected by Newsday's Marcus Henry.
Player of the Year
No boys athlete on Long Island was as consistently good on the track as Skeete. The senior distance runner continued his solid career, winning Nassau Class A titles in the 3,200 and 1,600-meter runs. He nearly pulled off the most difficult triple in the sport as he ran to a second-place finish in the 1,000 at the county championships. Skeete was effective at the state Federation, taking fourth in both the 3,200 and 1,600 races. Skeete’s season didn’t end there as he finished fifth in the 5,000 at the New Balance Indoor National Championships.
Awad emerged as the CHSAA’s top distance runner this season. The junior won the NSCHSAA league title in both the 3,200 and 1,600-meter runs. Awad continued his success at the Intersectional with a first-place finish in the 1,600 and a second-place mark in the 3,200. He capped his season with a second-place finish in the 1,600 at the Federation.
DeLuna’s hard work and diligence helped lead him to the best season of his career. The senior was at his best late, winning the 1,000 and the 600 at the Nassau Class A championships. He fought through an illness a week later and took second in the 1,000 at the Nassau state qualifier.
Forsythe dominated the jump events like few others this season. The senior won the triple jump at the Eastern States championships, finished sixth in the long jump and ninth in the triple jump at the New Balance Indoor Nationals. He was also the Nassau Class A champ in both events and repeated the feat by winning the state qualifier in each event.
Fuller was the heart and soul of a very talented Longwood squad. The senior emerged as one of the top 600-meter runners on Long Island as he took first in the event at the Suffolk Boys Large School Championships. Fuller dominated the event at the state qualifier, taking first in 1:23.71. He ran the anchor leg of Longwood’s Federation championship 4x400-meter team.
Central Islip, Sr.
Satchell became the ultimate triple jump specialist, winning the event at the Suffolk Boys Large School Championships and the state qualifier. He was also the only Long Island boy to win an individual state title as he won the triple jump public school championship.
Boys Track Coach of the Year
Chaminade showed its versatility taking home the CHSAA Intersectional tite for the first time since 1997.
Christian Armour, Uniondale, Sr.
Ieshawn Johnson, Baldwin, Sr.
Michael Brunoforte, St. Anthony’s, Jr.
Dan McCord, Hills West, Sr.
Kris Moran, North Baylon, So.
Tyler Murtha, Connetquot, Sr.
Dayne Savory, Bay Shore, Sr.
Jaquan Smith, Elmont, Sr.
Andrew Valenski, Massapequa, Sr.
Andrew Keresztes, Port Jefferson, Jr.
Player of the Year
North Shore, Jr.
From start to finish, Nadel was a true star on the track. In addition to becoming the first Long Island girl since Babylon’s Christine Gentile in 1988 to win the Millrose mile, she set the Long Island record in the indoor 3,000-meters (9:41.36) and won the 1,000, 1,500 and 3,000 at the Nassau Class A championships. She finished fourth in the mile and fifth in the 5,000 at the New Balance Indoor National Championships. She also won the 3,000 at the Stanner Games. Her individual success was matched only by her role as anchor on North Shore’s 4x800 relay team.
Margey’s career just continues to thrive. She won the 1,500-meter state Federation championship and finished seventh in the mile at the New Balance Indoor Nationals. She set the tone in the 1,500 this season, winning the Suffolk state qualifier in 4:42.31. In a show of versatility, Margey took the 1,000 and the 1,500 at the Suffolk Small School Championships.
North Shore, So.
In addition to being part of North Shore’s vaunted distance teams, Nerud stood out in individual events and finished second in the 600-meters at the Stanner Games. She won the 1,500 at the Nassau qualifier and earned All-State status after a second-place finish in the 1,500 at the state Federation meet.
Shoreham-Wading River, Sr.
Opatovsky put a stamp on her season as she took first place and a state Federation championship in the 1,500-meter racewalk. She dominated the event at the Suffolk Small School Championships, taking first-place 36 seconds ahead of the next finisher. She won the Suffolk qualifier in 7:11.68.
Valley Stream Central, Sr.
Imbert dominated the high jump at every turn. In addition to winning a county championship and state qualifier in the event, she won the state Federation high jump championship with a leap of 5 feet, 8 inches and finished third at the New Balance Indoor Nationals (5-8 3/4)
Girls Track Coach of the Year
No photo available Northport
The Tigers reached new heights as it upended Bay Shore for the Suffolk Girls Large School championship.
Mary Kate Anselmini, Ward Melville, Sr.
Michelle Anthony, Kellenberg, Sr.
Emma Gallagher, Garden City, Fr.
Katie Gallagher, St. Anthony’s, Fr.
Jessica Gelibert, Bay Shore, Jr.
Olivia Hallstein, Longwood, Sr.
Valencia Hannon, Elmont, Jr.
Rachel Paul, Sachem East, Sr.
Sara Ronde, Northport, Jr.
Imani White, Longwood Sr.