2009-06-26 / Sports

Far Rock Track Team Shines/Cross Country Summer Camp

This past spring, the Far Rockaway/FDA VI outdoor boys and girls track team continued to shine with some excellent individual and team performances.

During the season opener at Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island, the team kicked off what would be an experimental and successful spring.

Leading off for the Seahorses was freshman Jonathan Celaya, who won first place with a time of 7 minutes and 33 seconds in the 2000-meter steeplechase run. Junior Travis Wright quietly went about qualifying for the city championship with a javelin throw of 111 feet.

The team was determined to challenge itself this year by going up against the city's best. Several trips were made to attend the PSAL outdoor track Brooklyn meets, where many of the region's top teams reside. Walking away from these meets with an air of confidence was Carolena Mayorga and Jetiea Williams, who each ran their distance and sprint events well. The boys 4x800 team — Michael Tenebruso, Franklin Barrowes, Albert Reid and Celeya — faired well on the track. Their maturity will help them as they try to qualify for the Penn Relays next season.

Hazel London took advantage of a relaxed atmosphere at Icahn Stadium over the spring break. In the discus throw, London threw a PSAL city championship qualifying 29 feet, 5 inches. The throw was good enough to finish in 13th place out of the hundreds of competitors in the event.

The Seahorses were ready to compete at the Queens Borough Championships at Bayside High School. The boys 4x800 team performed well. JJ Tousaint, who competed in the 400-meter hurdles, and Wilson Martinez in the 100-meter dash, each set a new school record. Williams ran a personal best record in spring, 12.5 and 26.2 seconds, respectively, in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash.

At the PSAL Freshmen/Sophomore City Championships, Martinez defied gravity by setting another school record in the long jump with a leap of over 21 feet. Barrowes followed suit by breaking the team's 800m record. Mayorga battled hard to place in the 1500m and 3000m runs. Williams finished among the top in the 100m dash with a run of 12.5 seconds.

In the PSAL varsity city championship, Travis Wright came off a serious injury to throw a personal best of 123 feet in the javelin competition. Williams had a season best time of 60.4 seconds in the 400-meter dash.

Cross Country Summer Camp

Far Rockaway/FDA VI track coach Eric Stein will be conducting the Rockaway Summer Cross Country camp for youngsters entering junior high school up to those seniors who start high school in the fall.

Starting on Monday, July 6 and ending on August 14, youngsters throughout the Rockaways who are interested in training for long distance running, are invited to attend the three-day-a-week practices.

Practices will start at the boardwalk on Beach 29 Street and be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. There will be opportunities to race at other cross-country locations such as Cunningham Park, Van Cortland Park in the Bronx and Sunken Meadow Park on Long Island. Children will receive permission slips for their parents to sign during registration on July 6. Bring sneakers, shorts and running shoes.

For more information, contact Eric Stein at 1- 646-549-3198. "I think the kids will have to learn a lot and have fun with this," Stein said.

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