2003-01-18 / Sports

Lady Seahorses Off To Record Setting Season!

Lady Seahorses Off To Record Setting Season!

Things started off at the prestigious Brown Invitational in Rhode Island where Jeavon Benjamin won the 500m run with the 5th fastest time in meet history. Shellean Fyffe took home the bronze giving the girls a 1-3 finish.

In the 4x200m relay the team of Shellean Fyffe, Jeavon Benjamin, Aleisha Woodley and Jessica Belgrave brought home silver medals losing in a photo finish by less than 1 100th of a second. They also lost in a photo finish by a 10th of a second settling for silver again in the 4x400m relay. This was a huge success as they ran against the top teams in the eastern U.S.

At the P.S.A.L. Invitational, the 4x400m relay team of Shellean Fyffe, Jeavon Benjamin, Aleisha Woodley and Michelle beckford took home the gold.

This was followed by the 4x400m relay team of Shellean Fyffe, Jeavon Benjamin, Aleisha Woodley and Letisha Howard qualifying for the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden. The event will to be held on Friday Feb. 7th. They had the 2nd fastest qualifying time.

Next was the running of the Hispanic games at the Armory where they faced the best competition from all over the eastern United States.

Over 5000 athletes from 500 schools competed, many of them the top ranked runners in the nation.

First the sophomore 4x200m relay was run where the team of Stella Ogarra, Shamar Stewartson, Jessica Belgrave and Michelle Beckford took home the bronze medals and qualified for the city championships in the process.

Next Jeavon Benjamin brought home a bronze with a 56.0 in the 400m dash. She is now ranked in then top 5 in the country at 300m, 400m, 500m and 600m.

Shellean Fyffe followed this by winning a bronze in the 200m dash. She is now ranked nationally in the 200m and 300m.

The day was capped off by the 4x200m relay. Running against a who’s who of top notch national runners from the east coast the team of Shelean Fyffe, Jeavon Benjamin, Aleisha Woodley and Letisha Howard qualified for the championship despite the fact Howard was accidently spiked twice on the anchor leg. They went into the final with the 3rd best time at 145.65. With only 15 minutes to get treated they returned to the track for the 4x200 championship and brought home the gold with a school record 143.23.

This is also the fastest time in N.Y. State this year and 3rd fastest in the country.

On Sunday, Michelle Beckford broke her own Queens record clearing 7ft to win the pole vault, Shamar Stewartson took the bronze clearing 5ft. Beckford then jumped 4-6 to take the silver in the high jump.

Aliesha Henry then took the silver in the 55m hurdles, bronze in the shot put, high jump and triple jump capping off a great day for herself. Serriphia Ferrigon then won bronze in the 600m run.

The 4x200m and 4x400m relay team of Stella Ogarra, Shamar Stewartson, Jessica Belgrave and Michelle Beckford brought home two more sets of bronze. This enabled Beckford to join Henry as the only 4 time medallists at the Jankunis track meet.

Coaches Michael Gliner and Larry Parrish are very proud of the team thus far and believe that the girls continued hard work and dedication have led to a great season.

This has been the best season the lady seahorses have ever had so far and there is no reason to believe that good things will not continue!


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