Weekly Feature



2012-05-23 / Sports

St. Mary’s School for the Deaf’s girls track, field team wins title


St. Mary’s School for the Deaf’s girls track and field team recently won the Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association Championship in Maryland. This was the first time the St. Mary’s girls earned the title. Members are, from left: Coach Heather Albenasi, Jamila Torres, Shakenya Ward-Brassell, Andrea Lewis, Rebecca Swiatek, Dinahliz Quinones, Crystle Marion, Vaughntasia Hawkins, Sarah Flowers, Monica Burger, Suada Abulkadir and Coach Bryan Booke. St. Mary’s School for the Deaf’s girls track and field team recently won the Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association Championship in Maryland. This was the first time the St. Mary’s girls earned the title. Members are, from left: Coach Heather Albenasi, Jamila Torres, Shakenya Ward-Brassell, Andrea Lewis, Rebecca Swiatek, Dinahliz Quinones, Crystle Marion, Vaughntasia Hawkins, Sarah Flowers, Monica Burger, Suada Abulkadir and Coach Bryan Booke. St. Mary’s School for the Deaf’s girls track and field team recently won the Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association Championship in Maryland. This was the first time the St. Mary’s girls earned the title.

St. Mary’s scored 139 points to take the top spot out of nine teams. New Jersey’s team placed second with 95 points.

Senior Crystle Marion (Buffalo) broke the ESDAA shot put record with a throw of 36-feet, 7¼ inches. She also won the discus throw.

Student Shakenya Ward-Brassell (Niagara Falls) recorded two first places finishes in the high jump and 100 hurdles.

Senior Sarah Flowers (Cheektowaga) won the 3200 and Monica Burger (Lackawanna) placed first in the 1600.

Other team members included Suada Abdulkadir (Buffalo), Vaughntasia Hawkins (Buffalo), Andrea Lewis (Niagara Falls), Dinahliz Quinones (Buffalo), Rebecca Swiatek (Snyder) and Jamila Torres (Dunkirk).

The team is coached by Amherst residents Bryan Booke and Heather Albenasi.

This was the second ESDAA championship for the girls athletic program this year. Earlier this year, they won its third consecutive ESDAA Basketball Championship, and were later named the Co-Deaf Team of the Year by The National Deaf Interscholastic Athletics Association.

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