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IN THE NEWS: MSDA in good shape for upcoming big meets

Jan 15, 2019 | Published in The Progress

CALDWELL – The Mount St. Dominic Academy winter track team has been having a memorable season. Sophomore Alexa Raphael had a standout performance at the Super Essex Conference Liberty Division Championships on Dec. 22 at Ocean Breeze in Staten Island.“Alexa Raphael burst onto the scene with three top three finishes and two school records,”  said head coach Richard O’Connor. “Alexa placed second in the 55m hurdles, crushing the previous school record by running 8.79 in the final. She followed that up by finishing in third place in the 55m dash, breaking her own school record by running 7.56 in the final. She finished out her day by placing third in the 200m dash in a season-best 27.19.”Also in the 55m dash, junior Anya Michalewski placed 11th and sophomore Alison Arcoleo placed 17th. In the 200m dash, Michalewski finished in 13th place. Senior Bridget Murphy placed 12th and sophomore Carol Aguirre finished in 16th place in the 400m run. Junior Sophia Amelung took 13th place and senior Emily Sartori took 15th place in the 800m run. Freshman Diana Yturbe finished in 14th place in the shot put. The Lions also competed at the Essex County Indoor Relay Championships on Jan. 2 at Ocean Breeze, where the relay teams finished strongly.

“The 4x200m relay of Alexa Raphael, Anya Michalewski, Julia Acevedo, and Alison Arcoleo finished in 10th place in a season-best time of 1:56.1,” O’Connor said. “Our 4x800m relay of Bridget Murphy, Carol Aguirre, Sophia Amelung, and Emily Sartori placed ninth at the Essex County Relay Championships.”

At the New Jersey Catholic Track Conference Winter Relays on Dec. 28, at the Armory Track & Field Center in New York, Acevedo placed six in the long jump with a season-best 14-11.25. Michalewski placed 12th in the same event with a distance of 13-6.

“Our athletes have been working hard and it has shown in many of the strong performances they have had so far this season,” O’Connor said. “The winter can be tough on training with the holidays and exams. But our athletes have done a very nice job of balancing their commitments and getting the work done. We are excited for the remainder of the season and believe we will start seeing many athletes run season bests in the coming meets.”

The Lions will compete in the NJCTC Frosh/Soph Championships on Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Bennett Center in Toms River and the Essex County Championships on Monday, Jan. 21 at Ocean Breeze.

“Our season really starts to pick up after this weekend,” O’Connor said.

The team will then compete at the Ocean Breeze Invitational on Sunday, Jan. 27, the NJCTC Individual Championships on Sunday, Feb. 3, at Ocean Breeze, and the NJSIAA sectional championships on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Bennett Center.

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