2003-02-15 / Sports

Lady Seahorses Dominate At Borough Championships

Lady Seahorses Dominate At Borough Championships


Far Rockaway's Darine Fortune finished in second place in the triple jump in the Boro Championships.Far Rockaway's Darine Fortune finished in second place in the triple jump in the Boro Championships.

The Far Rockaway High School Lady Seahorses had a dream weekend. Early in the season, Coach Michael Gliner and Larry Parrish looked at the schedule and knew they had their work cut out for them with the Verizon Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden, the finals of the women's Colgate games at Madison Square Garden and the Queens Boro Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Armory in consecutive days.

It would require a complete team effort of hard work, dedication and a lot of determination. The results were stellar. On Friday night, the Lady Seahorses took Madison Square Garden by storm. The 4x400 meter relay team of Jeavon Benjamin, Shellean Fyffe, leisha Woodley and Letisha Howard lead from start to finish winning their first ever Millrose title in 3:59:3.

Returning to the garden on Saturday, Jeavon Benjamin tied for 3rd in the 400m dash and Shellean Fyffe for 5th in the 200m dash.

The weekend climaxed on Sunday at the Armory as the Lady Seahorses won their 5th straight Boro Championship by scoring 158.5 points, doubling the 2nd place team Townsend Harris, who had 78.


Gaelle Okio finished fourth in the 600 meter run in the Boro Championships.Gaelle Okio finished fourth in the 600 meter run in the Boro Championships.

The meet started with the 4x200m relay where the team of Kaydean Brown, Aleisha Woodley, Jessica Belgrave and Letisha Howard raced to the gold and the team of Stella Ogarra, Naja Watts, Latoya Barthley and Whitney Henry took 4th. Latoya Barthley then took 4th in the long jump. Next, Shellean Fyffe took the silver placing 2nd in the 55m dash. Aliesha Henry took gold by winning the 55m hurdles with teammates Naja Watts and Darine Fortune taking 2nd and 4th respectively. Serephia Ferrigon then took 4th in the 1000m run.

This was followed by the 600m-meter run where Jeavon Benjamin raced to a gold winning in 132.00 and Gaelle Okio taking 4th. In the 300m dash Jeavon Benjamin lead the way again racing to a 39.7 gold medal performance and teammates Shellean Fyffe 3rd, Letisha Howard 4th and Kaydean Brown 6th all qualified for the city championships. In the pole vault, Michelle Beckford lead a 1-2 finish taking the gold and Shamar Stewartson taking the silver.

Aliesha Henry won her 2nd gold taking the triple jump, Darine Fortune the silver and Gaelle Okio a bronze. Michelle Beckford then got her 2nd gold winning the high jump.
while teammates Tiarah Mitchell, Aliesha Henry and Taniqua Grant all won bronze.

Than the 4x800m realy team of Serephia Ferrigon, Gaelle Okio, Jessica Belgrave and Shamar Stewartson took 4th. The day was capped off by the 4x400m relay where the team of Michelle Beckford, Shellean Fyffe, Aleisha Woodley and Stella Ogarra won going away as Beckford brought home her 3rd gold of the day and all with in a half hour showing unbelievable strength and conditioning!

Coach Gliner and Coach Parrish were very proud of the girls and expect them to continue their hard work.


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