Whitman Sending 4 to State Track Meet
Boy’s winter track coach Rob Conroy and girl’s track coach Rufus Shepard are proud to announce that four Walt Whitman students have qualified for the New York State Track & Field state championships to be held on March 3rd, at Cornell University.
Girl’s track captain, Jackie Crunden jumped 5’ 7” in the high jump, breaking a 20 year old school record that was previous held by current Whitman teacher, Pam Johnson. Crunden, a junior, is currently ranked number 2 in New York State in the high jump.
Zach Cammer, another junior is fresh off an exciting showing at Madison Square Garden two weeks ago where he qualified for the high school division of the US Open Track & Field Meet. “Running in the Garden and being on national TV (ESPN) was really cool,” said Zach. “There was such a high energy level there.” Zach qualified in the 1600 meters with a time of 4:19 ranking him #1 in Suffolk County.
Mike Damato, also a junior qualified for the states in the 3200 meter with a time of 9:36. Mike had an impressive cross-country season and is also a member of the spring track team.
Gregory Apostle qualified in the 600 meter event. “I’m looking to set a personal record in the states,” said Gregory. “Having teammates at the states makes it extra special.” said the Whitman senior who wants to study Physical Therapy at either Hunter College or Northeastern University next fall.
photo: Whitman’s Track & Field State qualifiers get words of encouragement from Principal Ms. Kathy Acker. Left to right: Zach Cammer, Mike Damato, Principal Acker, Jackie Crunden, and Gregory Apostle.
Story & Photo by Steve Bartholomew