The William Floyd High School girls’ track team completed another incredible season this past spring. The Colonials, under the leadership of head coach John Ryan, took home numerous individual and team accolades.
Zariel Macchia won two Suffolk County Individual championships - the 3000 meter run (10:09:64), which was the fastest time on Long Island for this event this season; and the 1500 meter run (4:43.37), the fastest time by any girl on Long Island this season and a new William Floyd High School record. Zariel earned Newsday's All-Long Island accolades for her efforts. Along with winning the Suffolk County Female Runner of the Year in cross country earlier this year, Zariel received the Frank Labianca Award given to the most outstanding distance runner in Suffolk County as voted upon by the Suffolk County Coaches Association. This special award is named after Coach Labianca, a legendary William Floyd cross country and track and field coach.
Kashya Hawkins earned All-County honors in the high jump with a mark of 5'2", tying a season-best. Aaliyah Jordan placed seventh overall in the county in the 2000 meter steeplechase event and Alaysia Cobb placed 11th overall in the county for the 400-meter hurdle.
Earning All-League honors for their outstanding performances were Alanis Gonzalez, Tatianna Kistner, Aaliyah Jordan, Alaysia Cobb, Kashya Hawkins, Eve Hadzikostas and Zariel Macchia.
“The girls' dedication and work ethic during this incredibly difficult year was most impressive,” said Coach Ryan. “Once we were given the green light by the district to resume practicing the girls have never looked back.”
“I knew that we were going to have a successful season but we were able to accomplish far more than I had ever imagined,” added Coach Ryan. “I am extremely proud of their determination and perseverance. We have a very young group and I am excited about the future.”
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