Last week the Ross/Pierson girls’ and boys’ varsity track teams traveled to Center Moriches and came away with several top performances. Sarah Barrett (Pierson) won the 1500-meter race in five minutes, 43.6 seconds and the 800-meter race in 2:49.0.
Her teammate Kayla Jerido (Ross) finished second in the 100-meter hurdles, in 20.1 seconds, and in the 400-meter race, in 67.5 seconds. She won the 200-meter race in 28.0 seconds. Jen Carlozzi (Pierson) finished third in the 100-meter race in 15.6 seconds. Aijah Jones (Ross) finished second in the shot put, at 21 feet, three-and-one-half inches, and in the discus, at 57 feet, seven-and-one-half inches.
For the Pierson boys, Stephen Early won the 1600-meter race, in 5:19.2, and the 200-meter race, in 25.0 seconds. He also finished second in the 400-meter race, in 58.6 seconds. Diego Gamboa finished third in the 100-meter race, in 13.1 seconds.
Ross coach Jim Kinnier (who is also a Pierson math teacher and the Whaler girls’ cross-county coach) said, “Although we don’t have enough athletes to score enough points to beat another team, the athletes that we have are doing a great job by winning or placing in the events. Several athletes that joined late will have enough practices for the next dual meet, which is against Wyandanch on Tuesday.”
He cited individual performances in adding, “Sarah Barrett and Stephen Early have shown a lot of promise so far, and also the ability to continually improve. Stephen’s 200-meter race was very impressive. He made up about two or three meters after the curve, which is about halfway through the race. Jen ran a great 100-meter race in which she had to hold off a Center Moriches runner to secure third place. Diego is making big progress since last year, and should ‘make some noise’ in the sprints.”