Sachem Has Strong Showing at Winter Track Championships

Sachem Has Strong Showing at Winter Track Championships Pic
All they do is win! In their latest show of dominance, the Sachem East girls track and field team won the Suffolk County championship meet last weekend at Suffolk County Community College-Western Campus in Brentwood. 

The win was the third consecutive winter title for Sachem East, a streak that is the third-longest in the history of Suffolk County, and also sets them up for the possibility of the coveted “Triple Crown,” a team title in cross country, winter track and spring track in the same academic year. 

Sachem East last completed the Triple Crown during the 2015-2016 academic year. If they can pull off the difficult feat again this spring, they would join Bay Shore as the only team in Suffolk history to record the Triple Crown more than once.

This year’s championship saw Sachem East score 83 total points over close competition from Longwood (45 points), Ward Melville (42 points), Sachem North (40 points), William Floyd (40 points) and Bay Shore (38 points). The meet featured all 21 of Suffolk’s large-school teams.

Sachem East’s only event winners were Margaret Atwood (racewalk) and the 4 x 800-meter relay of Bridget Abraldes, Shayna Arrigo, Rachel Ruggiero and Rachel Weber. Kaitlyn Famiglietti (600 meters), Shayna Arrigo (1,000 meters), Rachel Ruggiero (1,500 meters) and Lindsey Dodenhoff (3,000 meters) all took second place in their individual events, and the combination of Angela Consalazio, Kaitlyn Famiglietti, Brooke Papele and Lauren Trejo took second in the 4 x 400-meter relay. 

Adding to the point total for Sachem was Jeilyn Balbuena, Chelsea Benedict, Sabrina Mena and Melissa Merone.

Ramirez Wins Big: From Sachem North, Molly Ramirez was electric in the 1,500-meter race, finishing first with a time of 4:52.24. The 1,500-meter was expected to be one of the most exciting and competitive races of the day. Ramirez was keeping tabs on Singh from Bay Shore the entire race and it was a close finish right down the home stretch until she won. 

Next Up: The Section XI state qualifier meet is on Feb. 12, also at SCCC Brentwood. The meet will determine which athletes will represent Section XI at the state championships on March 3 in the 17 different individual and relay events.