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Underclassmen Will Drive The Boys; Depth Will Be Key For Girls

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

There’s an optimism surrounding the Beacon High School indoor track program, and coach Jim Henry and the Bulldogs are ready to reap the benefits.

‘I’ve always said that we need a minimum of 25 girls to have enough depth to compete for the league championship. This year we have 32 on the roster,” Henry said. “So the challenge will be to take the talent we have (concentrated in the sprints) and teach enough of the skill events to obtain competence in them by mid-January.”

With good weather and eager learners, the girls may be ready to wrest the league title from Hendrick Hudson, Henry said. And why not be that confident?

For starters, Jummie Akinwunmi is the best jumper in Section 1 (High Jump/Long Jump/Triple Jump) and should be able to qualify for States in some combination of these events. Anna Manente has improved awfully quickly in the Pole Vault and looks to break into the upper echelon of Section 1 pole vaulters.

The girls were second in the league last year to Hen-Hud and finished ninth overall in Section 1, Class B.

The boys had yet another banner year, winning their fourth consecutive league crown and finishing eighth in Section 1, Class B. Key returners include Ethan Burgos in the hurdles, and middle distance runners Kaleb Istvan, Vincent Compagnone and Jayen Lare.

“Not a lot of seniors on this year’s crew so the hope is that the underclassmen have progressed enough to keep the League Championship streak intact,” Henry said. “Ethan Burgos in the 55 hurdles and Vincent Compagnone in the 600 are the seniors with the best opportunity to qualify (for states). We also may have a fairly competitive 4 x 400 that should have a shot now that they have doubled the number of relay teams that a section can send to States.”

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