Amherst girls track team loaded with talent
There have many outstanding female athletes who have competed in outdoor track and field for Amherst, but coach Jason Cyrek feels like it might be collectively the best girls track team he has ever fielded.
“We have a lot of great athletes in recent years, but this is a young and very talented group,” Cyrek said. “We are strong everywhere. It could be one of our best teams in the last 17 years.”
Leading the way for the girls team are seniors Stephanie Forbes (four-year mid-distance runner), Mykela Moore and Anastasya Wilson (four-year throwers).
Other key contributors are juniors Chloe Styn (400 hurdles), Mackenzie Faller (mid-distance) and Emily Ahuna (mid-distance); sophomores Sophia Roy (distance), Laurie Maxwell (sprints) and Jamillyah Mallory (jumps, returning state qualifier in triple jump); and freshmen Morgan Halt (long jump, 100 and 400 hurdles; took second in high jump at state meet and set school record with 5 feet, 6 inches) and Maxana Grubb (mid-distance, went to indoor states in 600); returning eighth-graders Eve Giancarlo (pole vault, 100 hurdles) and Emma Klein (sprints/mid-distance/ 400 hurdles); and eighth-grade newcomer Paige Stelley (distance).
Forbes won four events (400, 800, and 4x400 and 4x800 relays). Mallory (long jump, triple jump, 4x100 relay), Halt (high jump, 400 and 100 hurdles) and Roy (1,500, 4x400 relay and 4x800 relay) were triple winners. Klein (200, 4x400 relay) was a double winner.
Also earning wins were freshmen Valerie Sullivan and Stelley (4x800 relay); junior Sydney Bryans (4x400 relay); and sophomore Emma
Baker-Terhaar, Laurie Maxwell and junior Ashley Maxwell (4x100 relay).
Leading the boys team are seniors Cam Carver (mid-distance), Lawson Costaldo (100 and 400 hurdles) and Alex Rodriguez (throws).
Cyrek is excited about the team’s chances in the 4x400 relay with Carver, Costaldo and seniors Jalen Barron and Tevin Fuller. Barron also runs in mid-distance and Fuller triple jumps.
Junior newcomer Mark Orlowski looks to contribute in mid-distance events.
Senior David Personius leads the team’s distance runners.
Returning junior Charles Kilgo (sprints, throws, mid-distance, high jump) and sophomore Kenny Boone (long and triple jump) and freshman newcomer Ronald McCarley (sprints) are other athletes who should be big contributors to the team’s success.
The boys opened the season with a 76-65 road loss to Pioneer April 4.
Amherst’s 4x400 relay of Barron, Fuller, Costaldo and Carver won in 3 minutes, 49 seconds. Carver won the race in the final five to 10 feet.
McCarley (100, 200, 4x100 relay), Costaldo (110 and 400 hurdles, 4x400 relay) and Boone (long and triple jump, 4x100 relay) were triple winners.
Carver was a double winner (400, 4x400 relay).
Senior Marcel Waker and sophomore D’Shaun Barefield also ran on the 4x100 relay.
Both teams compete in the Robert Wainman Memorial 9/10 meet Friday at Iroquois.