Mount Track Team Ready for Spring Start
By NANCY D’UVA Contributing Writer for The Progress
Mar 28, 2018
CALDWELL – The Mount St. Dominic spring track team has many returning athletes looking to continue their success from last year.
“We had a very strong end of the season last year that saw many athletes and relays advance to the Non-Public A State Championships,” said Richard O’Connor, who enters his second year as head coach after two years as an assistant coach. “Our 4×100 and 4×400 ran at the Penn Relays. Our 4×100 relay qualified for the state Meet of Champions.”
Seniors Kaylin Ranges, Holly Ruvo, and Carissa Dorval, who were part of the 4×100 relay that qualified for the Meet of Champions, return this season.
“Our senior class has accomplished a lot over their careers and will be leaving our program in a better place than when they first got here as freshmen four years ago,” O’Connor said. “Kaylin Ranges is a two-time Meet of Champions qualifier in the 4x100m, a two-time Non-Public A qualifier in the long jump, and a New Balance Nationals qualifier in the sprint medley. Ruvo is also a past Non-Public A qualifier in the 200m.”
Other returning seniors are Katie Onello and Maddie Huelbig.
“Katie Onello is coming off of qualifying for the state Meet of Champions this past winter in the 3200m where she ran a PR 11:39,” said O’Connor, adding that Onello qualified for the Non-Public A championships in the 3200m and 4x800m last spring. “Maddie Huelbig returns after qualifying for the 800m in the Non-Public A championships in a PR 2:24. She is also a Non-Public A qualifier in the 4×800 and will be competing at Franklin and Marshall next year.”
Sophomore Julia Acevedo also returns after qualifying for the Non-Public A championships in the high jump and 4x400m last season.
Also returning are juniors Emily Sartori, Bridget Murphy, Molly Burke, and Maura Mulvihill, and sophomores Maddie McNany, Anya Michalewski, and Alyssa Mastando.
“We have a lot of young athletes returning this year that will contribute to the success of our team,” O’Connor said.
There are also a number of newcomers this year.
“We have a very young team overall which has us excited about the future,” O’Connor said. “Caila Przyhocki, a soccer player in the fall, has impressed us early in the javelin. Meghan Ford-Titus, another soccer player, looks like she will be able to contribute right away in the sprint events. Jacqueline MacStudy, Sophie Amelung, and Louise Adillon are other underclassmen who have impressed early on.”
The Lions have a tough schedule this season.
“Essex County is a very competitive county,” O’Connor said. “We face some really tough competition throughout the season. Many of our invitationals are local because we can get some of the best competition right at home. The other challenge we are facing, like every other team in the state, is the weather. The relentless snow and cold has made it difficult to get to the track this early part of the season.”
The Lions’ goal this year is to win the Super Essex Conference Colonial Division championship.
“We have some tough competition in our conference with programs like Verona, Caldwell, and North Star,” O’Connor said. “We feel like if we put in the work every day, we have as good a chance as anyone to walk away with the championship.”
Mount St. Dominic’s season begins Saturday, March 31, at the Mountie Relays at Montclair High School.
The Lions have three new assistant coaches this year. Rob DeCarlo will work with the distance runners, Rob Kessler will coach the throwers, and Brad Vaccaro will be working with the jumpers.