Lady Seahorses Ready For Big Year
Far Rockaway High School's Lady Seahorses track team started the indoor season right where they left off from cross-country at the top of the pack. This season promises to be the best ever for the Lady Seahorses and they gave the tri-state area a preview of things to come early on. In the first meet of the year, running at the Armory on 168th street in Manhattan, things started off with Marsha Hayles qualifying for city championships in the long jump and the 4x400 relay team of Doreen Russell, Nicola Russell, Arnella Williams and Martina Azoro.
The next meet saw the 4x200 team of Marsha Hayles, Monique Hoilett, Ena Shemi and Kapiesha Reid make cities as did the 4x400 team of Kesha Pryce, Kapiesha Reid, Martina Azoro and Taishi Hyatt. This was followed at the next meet with Hayles besting her previous long jump mark and Ena Sheng qualifying in the long jump as well. The 4x200 team of Marsha Hayles, Monique Hoilett, Kariesha Reid and Kesha Pryce coasted to first place and easily made cities as did the team of Doreen Russell, Nicola Russell, Taishi Hyatt and Martina Azoro. Monique Hoilett and Ena Shemi qualified in the 55 meter dash as two of the top sprinters in the tri-state area.
Then at FDU in the holiday classic the team saw Hoilett take silver in the 55m dash and Kariesha Reid bronze. Martina Azoro won the bronze in the 400m run and the girls took home silver and bronze in the 4x200 relays with the teams of Hayles, Hoilett, Pryce and Shenu and Reid, Azoro, Geanna Edwards and Kelly Udson.
This was followed by the holiday classic at Rockland County Community College where the Lady Seahorses continued their stellar efforts. Monique Hoilett took the silver in the 55m dash, Martina Azoro qualified for city champs in the 600 in 145.9 and both the sophomore and varsity 4x200 relays took bronze. Leading the way was Doreen Russell, Peta-Gaye Powell, Arnelia Williams, Taishi Hyatt, Monique Hoilett, Kariesha Reid and Martina Azoro.
Then in the millennium at the Armory running against over 250 schools from all over the eastern United States the 4x200 relay team of Marsha Hayles, Monique Hoilett, Wnamaguolo Shemi, and Kesha Pryce sped to a third place finish. Hayles and Shemi combined for bronze in the long jump and the sophomore 4x200 relay of Geanna Edwards, Arnella Williams, Taishi Hyatt and Doreen Russell also took bronze as the Lady Seahorses finished sixth overall in this star studded field.
At opening night for the Woman's Colgate Games the girls again showed their talents. Hoilett and Shemi scored in the 55m dash. Hoilett, Shemi, Hayles K. Reid, Azoro all scored in the 200 and Azoro, Hayles, Edwards, T. Venning and Reid all scored in the 400.
This is beginning to be routine for Coach Gliner and the Lady Seahorses. Coach Gliner is expecting the millennium to bring the Seahorses soaring. The team returns all but one runner from last year and has added a large group of new comers. Leading the way are senior captain Kesha Pryce, junior co-captains Marsha Hayles, Kelly Hudson and Monique Hoilett. Other seniors are Nicola Russell, Edwidge Michel and Lanelle Robertson, Lyana Muniz and Tariqua Mclamb. Juniors include Enameguolo Shemi, Martina Azoro, Kariesha Reid, Tamika Joseph, Christina Medley and Danita Silver. Sophomores include Doreen Russell, Taishi Hyatt, Melissa Soto, Peta-Gaye Powell, Arnella Williams, Shanell Stoves, Sheena Baker, Yemici Adediran, Mickiel Delgado, Christie Henry, Geanna Edwards, Tamika Brown, Hannah Omolade and Natasha Carty.
The Freshman are Kaysi Hudson, Anastasia Bailey, Tamika Venning, Cheryl Bartow, Cheryl Thomas, Quarnett Hodges, Tricia Lino, Shaniqua Moorer, Serephia Ferrigon, Makiko Duffus, Angela Gordon, Charlene Amis, Voleta Clarke and Toya Reid.
Also on hand as a manager/assistant coach is junior standout Jessica Taylor, who will return to running in the spring.
Coach Gliner said this is not only his most talented ensemble of athletes but the deepest as well.