The Bay Shore track legacy is a long established one. Last season's Suffolk Large School Championship was the Marauders 13th in the last 14 years. Whats more? In the 37 years the championship has been contested, Bay Shore has won 24 times.
And as far as league championships go, they've been even more dominant, winning 24 straight and 35 of the last 36, coach Steve Borbet, who was inducted into the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame in May, said.
As each year passes, the dynasty keeps pumping. Strength in the field is a trademark of Borbet's champions. Aviana Goode returns and will score in both the high jump, where she has cleared five feet, six inches and the long jump, where she has gone 18 feet, 5.25 inches. But, Goode's strength doesn't end there. She won the Suffolk Large School 55 meter hurdle championship last season and will see action on various Bay Shore relays.
Caelyn Reilly, Nia McCaslin, and Jasmin Reyes will score on the track. Reilly has run 4:51.30 in the 1,500 meters and 10:30.27 in the 3,000 meters.
Bayport - Blue Point won the Suffolk Small School title in a nail-biter last season, topping Miller Place 62-57. They have also won the last four League V championships. The Phantoms are led by the tremendous range of Kathleen Cibuls. She can score in sprints, middle distance, and is a 'dominant' jumper, coach Vin Ungaro said. Cibuls is the defending Small School 55 meter dash and long jump champion.
Brianna Delzell is Bayport - Blue Point's top returning distance runner. Brigitte Strobl will produce points in middle distance events.
Garden City has put together a dynasty of their own. Last year's Nassau A championship was their eighth consecutive. With former All-LI Runner of the Year Emma Gallagher now at Benjamin Cardozo in Queens, Garden City will have to find new ways to score in middle distance events.
Steph and Jen Gerland has the Trojans covered in long distance events. Steph is the defending Nassau 'A' 3,000 meter champion, running 10:27.18 last Feb. Jen and Caroline Ferri came in third and fourth, respectively, in the same race. Jen ran 10:59.31 and Ferri clocked a 10:59.35.
Tianna Biscone, a high and triple jumper, and Catherine Honan, a long jumper, will anchor Garden City in the field.
Valley Stream North is the defending Nassau 'B' champions. Elaina Hobbs and Angeli Andre, who finished first and second, respectively, in the county championship high jump championship both return. Miracle Onouha, the sister of graduated state champion Anointing Onuoha, will aide with the scoring in the sprints and jumps.
Emily Martino and Kim Jelich are strong middle distance runners. Eighth grader Liliana Tasovac joins varsity and may make an immediate impact. Tasovac holds middle school records in distance events, coach Mike Frazer said.
St. Anthony's took both the CHSAA league and Intersectional title last year. With there tremendous range, Emily O'Neill, Halle Hazzard, and Gianna Mincone can all score in multiple events. O'Neill is the defending Intersectional 600 meter champion.
Kellenberg is always a formidable Friar challenger. Jazmine Fray, the defending Intersectional 1,000 meter champion returns. Bridget McNierney and Gabby Schreib are also strong hurdlers.
Holy Trinity returns Kristina Insingo, who is the defending Intersectional shot put and weight throw champion.