The 2018-2019 Winter Track and Field season got under way at what seems to be the new home away from home for the Nutley Raiders, the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Complex on the always scenic Isle of Staten. The Raiders battled Holiday traffic and a nasty car accident on The Staten Island Expressway and came away with a plethora of seasonal bests(SB) and one medal. The Raiders took full advantage of the hydraulically banked Sportflex Super X 720 MONDO surface to produce these times. Sophomore Zach Cagiao was quoted, “that was a fast track, one of the maintenance guys told me it was the same surface used at some of the Olympic Games.”
The lone medalist for the Raiders was rising freshman star Abby Groeling who scaled 4-10 in her first ever high jump competition. Groeling tied with two girls from Union Catholic with her 4-10 clearance, however was awarded 3rd place overall after the tiebreakers were put into play. Senior Jill Garner and freshman Sydney Silva finished 8th and 10th respectively in the high jump with 4-0 clearances. Groeling also turned in the fastest 55 meter dash time for the Raiders clocking an 8.66. Mia Eltzholtz had the 2nd fastest performance for the Raiders at 8.73. Sophomores Kaitlyn Gavidia(30.01) and Ava Tucker(30.20) turned in the fastest 200s for the Raiders. Those two came back and clocked the fastest 400 as well. Gavidia at 1:08.47 and Tucker turned in a 1:09.59. Alyssa Mielnicki(2:58.33) and Kaitlyn Mui(3:01.20) turned in the fastest 800 times for the Raiders. Tiffany Miruelo(6:06.03) and Gianna Marinaro(6:14.28). Senior Jill Garner ran not only a SB, but a lifetime best in the 55 hurdles crossing the line in 10.90. Kaitlyn Gavidia had the 2nd fastest time for the Raiders at 11.21.
On the Boy’s side of the meet, the Raiders Seniors Anthony Gola and Dom Raffaelli turned in the fastest 55 and 200 times for the Raiders. Gola clocked a 7.19 and 24.51, while Raffaelli turned in a 7.44 and a 26.02. Kyle Schoch(1:01.18) and Brian Grodzki(1:01.93) clocked the fastest 400s for the Raiders. Luca Vespa turned in a 2:16.69 ran the fastest 800 for the Raiders. Anish Kumar(5:06.74) and Brian McCormack(5:18.70) clocked the fastest 1600s for the Raiders. Brandon Defluri cleared 5-3 in the high jump, while Leo Ulloa chucked a PR in the shot put at 33-10.5.
Next up for the Raiders is the Deschriver Invitational at Drew University on Wednesday December 19.
Freshman high jump star Abby Groeling with her 3rd place medal.