But individually, members tally successes
by Andrew Rudansky
The varsity track and field spring season began this past week for the runners, throwers and jumpers of the Ross/Pierson Cosmos.
The first meet of the season took place at McGann-Mercy on Monday, March 26, where both the boys and girls teams came up short in an overall team loss of 60-90. Despite the defeat, several individual members of the team did very well in the contest.
Senior Sophie Gianis placed second in both the 400 meter hurdles and 100 meter hurdles event. First year athlete Addison Cook placed first in the 110 meter hurdling event with a time of 19.9 seconds. In the long jump, junior Sydnee Mckie-Senior took home first place with a jump of 12 feet 8 inches.
“It was a bitterly cold windy day,” said Ross/Pierson Head Coach Jim Kinnier, “it was really a tough day to compete.”
This year the Ross/Pierson Cosmos are fielding 25 athletes total from both the boys and girls team. Among these athletes, Kinnier has relay racers, discus throwers, long jumpers and even pole vaulters. While most of the athletes come from Pierson (22) they all compete under the Ross banner.
Coach Jim Kinnier said this year’s team is the biggest it has been in his four years tenure on the team.
“I am very happy with the size of the team, but I would obviously like a few more kids,” said Kinnier. He pointed out that a full track and field team would consist of closer to 40 student athletes.
“For me every year it is about building up the popularity of the team,” he said.
The Ross/Pierson team’s lack of depth on the roster has hampered its ability to compete in recent years. Many times the team did not having the requisite number of athletes to compete in all of the events.
It wasn’t until last year that the boys’ team was able to win its first ever team meet, that one coming at the expense of Babylon. With the recent additions made to the roster this year Kinnier hopes to change that lackluster record, adding a few more team wins for both the boys and girls teams.
“I am looking forward to the rest of the season, the sport is really gaining in interest in the schools,” he said. “We have a lot of kids that are new to the sport.”
The Cosmos have five seniors leading the team, thrower/runner Grant Kusick, runner Garrett Severance, runner Ronald Aucapina, thrower/runner Aijah Jones, and runner Gianis.
The team has its next meet at Center Moriches on Tuesday, April 3 at 4:30 p.m. While the Ross/Pierson team does not have a home track, it does have a local meet at the Southampton High School on Saturday, April 21 at noon.