Seraphs are first at Rebel Relays

first_img Mater Dei High School’s girls track and field team showcased their overall balance at the season opening Rebel Relays. PHOTOS BY ERIC SUCAR staff Above: Mater Dei High School’s Marie Walsh competes in a relay race during the annual Husky Relays held at Matawan Regional High School in Aberdeen on April 11. Below: Middletown High School North’s Brandon Depalo clears a hurdle during the relays. The Seraphs edged Matawan for the Division I title at the meet hosted by Howell High School on April 4. Mater Dei scored in 12 of the 15 events, which gave the Seraphs just enough to earn the first-place trophy. Mater Dei won four relays on the track, the distance medley relay, the sprint medley, the shuttle hurdles and the 3×400-meter intermediate hurdles. It was Marie Walsh, Aliya Simor, Shanna Kirgan and Jen Poss teaming up to win the DMR in 13:52. The sprint medley consisted of Walsh, Tessa La Marche, Danielle Ostanzo and Shanna Kirgan. They posted a wining time of 4:42.9. In the shuttle hurdles, Kelly Rossidis, Nicole Murphy, Brianna Kiernan and Ciara Chaly clocked 1:19. The same quartet won the intermediate hurdles relay in 3:53.0. Matawan was second in both these events, and Mater Dei wins here play a large role in the team’s championship. The Seraphs outscored the Huskies, 45- 40, on the track. The two teams were even in the field with 40 points each. The victory in the Rebel Relays set the stage for what coach Kevin Attridge expects to be a good season for his squad. “We have some outstanding returning individuals who had great winter seasons and a mix of talented returnees from track and field,” said Attridge. Newcomers, some young, some upperclassmen, have added to the team’s depth, and that came in handy in Howell. Walsh (800-1,600), Liz Shaw (400- 800-1,600), Chaly high jump/hurdles, Rossidis (hurdles), Murphy (hurdles), Shanna Kirgan (400-800), Caitlin Gatto (high jump/100), Kerry Donnelly (800- 1,600), Amanda Mennen (field events), Julia Koch (800-1,600), Kiernan (hurdles) and Simnor (1,600-3,200) are the returning letter winners who are the core of the ’09 Seraphs. At Saturday’s Husky Relays at Matawan High School, Gatto and Chalz won the high jump relay with their jumps totaling 9-5. The Seraphs were third in Division I with 44 points. Upcoming events include the 34th Holmdel Relay Carnival at Holmdel High School on Friday (4:30 p.m.) and Saturday (9:30 a.m.) and the Lion Invitational at Middletown North High School on April 25. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer last_img read more