IN THE NEWS: Mount Track Team Doing Well in Relays

CALDWELL - The Mount St. Dominic Academy winter track team continues to have strong performances this season.

“Most of our recent meets have been relay meets where we have gotten to see our team really start to grow,” said head coach Richard O’Connor. “Recently, we've had strong performances at the Essex County Relay Championships and the Non-Public A State Relay Championships.”

The Mount's 4x800m relay team of Carol Aguirre, Maria Holevas, Sydney Anish and Ava LaBruno ran a season-best time of 10:33.11 to finish third at the Essex County Relay Championships, held Sunday, Jan. 12 at Ocean Breeze in Staten Island, N.Y.

“Our 4x200m relay of Alexa Raphael, Gianna Mangili, Amanda Galasso and Alison Arcoleo finished seventh at counties and sixth at the Non-Public A State Relay meet (Monday, Jan. 20 at the Bennett Center in Toms River) with a season-best time of 1:53.48,” O’Connor said. “Our sprint medley relay of Alexa Raphael, Gianna Mangili, Anya Michalewski and Maria Holevas finished sixth at the Essex County Relay meet in a season-best time of 4:39.72.”

Also at the Essex County Relay Championships, the distance medley relay team of LaBruno, Juliana Herbst, Holevas and Carina Navas placed seventh in 14:52.66.

At the Non-Public A State Relay Championships, the 4x400m relay team of Acevedo, Anish, Navas and Michalewski placed seventh in 4:43.55.

The 4x800 relay team of Herbst, Michela Peluso, Holevas and Olivia LaBruno placed seventh in 11:01.83.

The 1600m sprint medley relay team of Aguirre, Mangili, Raphael and Galasso placed eighth in 4:41.19. And the distance medley team of Aguirre, Anish, Ava LaBruno and Navas placed sixth in 14:27.18.

O’Connor said many athletes have come up to the varsity team this winter.

“Recently, we have seen a lot of underclassmen make the jump to varsity and perform well,” he said. “Freshmen Amanda Galasso, Maria Holevas, Ava LaBruno, Olivia LaBruno and Michela Peluso have all moved up to varsity during the winter and helped contribute to our team success.”

Veteran athletes also are having strong performances.

“We’ve also gotten some outstanding performances from our returners like Alexa Raphael, Gianna Mangili, Carol Aguirre, Sydney Anish, Anya Michalewski and Julia Acevedo,” O’Connor said. “With only a few meets left on our schedule before states, we feel like we are really starting to hit some solid marks on the track and have a lot to look forward to as we close out the season.”

The Lions were set to compete at the Ocean Breeze Invitational on Sunday, Jan. 27. They are scheduled to compete at the New Jersey Catholic Track Conference Individual Championships on Sunday, Feb. 2 at Ocean Breeze and the New Jersey Catholic Track Conference Winter Frosh Soph Championships on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Bennett Center.

The Essex County Championships will be Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Ocean Breeze. And the NJSIAA Non-Public Championships are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 29.

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