The Girls Winter Track State Qualifier Meet held at Suffolk County Community College on Monday, February 12, showcased why the William Floyd Colonials girls varsity winter track team is currently second-ranked public high school girls winter track team in New York State. The team had their best showing in school history at the state qualifiers, setting both school and Section XI records. As a result, the Colonials will compete in three events at the New York State Championships on March 3 at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island.
Kaylah Britt earned All-County accolades in the triple jump and her performance at the state qualifier showcased her skills as she jumped 38′ 4″, the best on Long Island. She is currently ranked fourth in the state in the triple jump and will look to improve on her score and take the top spot next month in the state meet.
Antoinette Miller, also an All-County student-athlete in the high jump and 55-meter dash, will compete in the state meet in the high jump. Her jump of 5′ 3″ currently has her ranked fourth on Long Island headed into the state meet.
The third event the girls track team will be competing in is the 4 x 200 meter relay. The relay team of Kianna Hawkins, Jade Foster, Tatianna Kistner and Antoinette Miller closed out their state qualifier meet with a time of 1:44:94, a new Section XI record. The relay team earned All-County honors and earned the title of overall county champions.
“I am extremely proud of the progress these girls have made thus far this season,” said head coach John Ryan. “Qualifying for the state meet is a tremendous accomplishment. The goal of every serious indoor track athlete is to qualify for this meet. We have spoken extensively this year about making sacrifices and doing what it takes in order to be successful. The girls know, as well as the coaching staff, that our work this season is not complete. We will not be satisfied unless our ultimate goal of a podium finish at the state meet is realized.”
This season has not only been a major success for both coach Ryan and the girls who will represent William Floyd in the state meet, but also for the William Floyd track program overall moving forward.
“This season has been a huge step in the right direction for the girls track program here at William Floyd,” said Coach Ryan, referencing what this season’s performance means to the girls track program overall. “Assistant coaches Gil DeCicco and Kristine Dunscombe have helped create an environment that holds our athletes to a higher standard. Our older girls have been fantastic role models for our younger student-athletes both on and off the track; our younger girls have improved tremendously. The future looks very bright.
Additionally, the Colonials put forth a dominant performance at the Long Island Elite Meet this past weekend at St. Anthony’s High School. Freshman Tatianna Kistner reached the finals in the 55-meter dash running a season best of 7.34 seconds. Kaylah Britt won the triple jump, once again proving that she is the best triple jumper on Long Island. Antoinette Miller tied for the best high jump of the night – 5’ 4” matching a 26-year old school record and qualifying her for the New Balance Nationals Meet in March. The 4 x 200 meter relay team of Kianna Hawkins, Jade Foster, Tatianna Kistner and Antoinette Miller were crowned Elite Meet champions edging out a very talented Uniondale team.
Story by Thomas Reilly, Public Relations Intern
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