Girls Track Team Sprints to Success

By Rebecca Chan ’18 and Jahongir Davronov ’18

Cheers fill the air as every second on the clock passes. The Lady Hornets lunge their bodies and run as fast as they can to make it to the end finish line.

The girls’ track team is a popular team to join in our school, holding a roster of 70 students.

Mr. Walter Cohen is the main coach and Mr. Harry Singer is the assistant coach of the track team. The coaches work hard to train their team to be the best in the city.

  Many of the members joined track because they believed it would hand them benefits.

Amani Farraj ’18 joined track her freshman year. “I joined track because I needed to do something productive.  It taught me that practice really does make perfect, especially when it’s hard.”

Track has allowed the girls to mentally change themselves for the better.

“It changed my perspective on many things,” said Farraj ‘18. “It taught me that practice really does make perfect, especially when it’s hard.”

According to Christi Thomas ‘18, track has helped her manage her time for all three years she has been on the team. “Track becomes stressful sometimes because you don’t want to let your teammates and coaches down,” Thomas said. “It takes a lot of determination and motivation which can be emotionally taxing.”

In addition to time management, Farraj said, “That is the biggest challenge I face when it comes to being on the team because it’s hard to keep my grades up.” Farraj gets home late and is often drained from running, but still manages to make school her top priority.

Similarly, Rosangela Duplessy ’18 said, “It would help me make new friends and make me confident.”

Track has allowed the girls to mentally change themselves for the better.

Likewise, Duplessy usually does her homework first then spends time relaxing. “Most days I finish my homework in school,” said Duplessy.

In order to deal with the stress that comes with the sport, Thomas ‘18 tries her best to find time to study and do homework before practice and if not, she goes straight into it after practice.

The girls track team generally meets every weekend and weekdays off of school. They compete against schools in the borough and even schools outside the city and state.

The girls’ track team has competitions approaching in January. They will have their 46th Annual, Dr. Martin Luther King Games on January 16 and PSAL Open Invitational-Ocean Breeze Park Track & Field Complex on January 21. The girls track team is excited to show their coaches and the city that 2017 is the year for the Lady Hornets to take over!

 

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