2002-02-09 / Sports

Lady Seahorses Track Team Runs To The Top

Lady Seahorses Track
Team Runs To The Top

Last weekend is what dreams are made of. The Far Rockaway Lady Seahorses Track Team did just that. In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, the team has just exploded to the top of the class.

On Friday night, the girls made their first ever appearance in the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in the High School girls’ 4X400M relay. They did not disappoint as they brought home the bronze medals led by the team of Jeavon Benjamin, Shellean Fyffe and Doreen Russell.

The next day, the team placed four girls in the finals of the Women’s Colgate Games at Madison Square Garden. The highlight was Jeavon Benjamin taking second in the 400 M dash, Hannah Omolade tied for second in the high jump and Shellean Fyffe got a bronze in the 200M dash.

The weekend was completed with the Boro championships of Queens. After winning the outdoor title for the first time last spring, the girls along with coach Gliner were expecting a rebuilding year as they graduated seven seniors from last year’s team. Instead, a very large and extremely young deep Lady Seahorse team has emerged as the best team ever assembled at the Rock. They took Queens by storm in the most dominant performance ever at a Boor Championship. They doubled the output of the closest team and ran away with their first indoor Boro championships ever.

There were 15 events and the Lady Seahorses won 9 of them and finished second or better in 12 of those events.

It started off with the 4X200 Relay, where the team of Latoya Barthley, Letisha Howard, Doreen Russell and Tamara Ricketts took first place. The team of Naja Watts, Bridgrick Morgan, Taniqua Grant and Stella Ogarra got fourth place.

In the 55M dash, Shellean Fyffe took second place. Letisha Howard won the long jump, Ken-Ann Ogle was in third place and Anastasia Bailey was fifth. Naja Watts then won the 55M hurdles, with Darine Fortune taking third place and Anastasia Bailey, fourth.

Jeavon Benjamin won the 600M run with Jessica Belgrave taking fifth. Hannah Omolade wins the triple jump with Alesha Henry, third, Darine Fortune, fourth, and Stephanie Minette, fifth. Shanell Stoves then took second place in the shotput. Hannah Omolade then completed her double by winning the high jump with Tamara Ricketts taking second place.

Taishi Hyatt then won the 1000M run in her first ever try. Odalice Brito and Davina Hamilton then placed respectively fourth and fifth in the 1500M-race walk.

Taishi Hyatt then pulled off an incredible double by winning the 1500M run to go along with her 1000M victory. Jeavon Benjamin then completed her double with a victory in the 300M dash. Shellean Fyffe took second and Serephia Ferrigon, fifth. Next, the 4X800 relay team of Iasia Holland, Michelle Beckford, Gaelle Okio and Odalice Brito took third. The 4X400 relay team of Jessica Belgrave, Serephia Ferrigon, Iasia Holland and Doreen Russell took second place and the team of Stephanie Minette, Stella Ogarra, Michelle Beckford and Gaelle Okio took fourth.

The team ended the day by scoring 190 points and the next closest team had 94 points.

Coach Gliner, along with assistant coaches Franklin Barrowes and Larry Parrish, have seen this young team work very hard to achieve this level. With only four seniors and four juniors, the team will look to the 30 freshman and sophomores that will build a good future. The combination of our new track built over the summer, three coaches who give more individualized training and hard work and determination have made the Lady Seahorse into a powerhouse.

The team will head into the NYC championships with a lot of momentum.

Freshman Jeavon Benjamin is nationally ranked in the 200,300,400 and 600; Junior Shellean Fyffe in the 55,200,300 and 400; Senior Taishi Hyatt in the 1000 and 1500; Sophomore Letisha Howard in the 55; Senior Hannah Omolade in the high jump and triple jump. Sophomore Tamara Ricketts in the 55 and the high jump. Also, the team is ranked in the 4X200, 4X400 and Sprint Medley Relays.

These girls all have qualified for the City championships, along with Sophomore Naja Watts in the 55 hurdles, Senior Shanell Stoves in the shotput, Sophomore Latoya Barthley in the long jump, Senior Doreen Russell, 300M and Freshman Dominique Barnes in the 55M. This is definitely the year of the Lady Seahorses!


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