June 3, 2014 | 1003 views
Calhoun's Moore returns to state meet
There hasn’t been much separation between Calhoun sophomore Grace Moore and Port Washington senior Joelle Feinberg in the 1500 meter run this spring.
In a one-week span, two of Nassau’s most talented distance runners produced amazing finishes in the county and state qualifier track and field meets. Feinberg rallied to take the Nassau Class AAA championship by a little more than two-tenths of a second (4:46.08 to 4:46.30), and Moore turned the table to win the state qualifier by fewer than a half-second (4:50.24 to 4:50.60) as well.
“They were two of the better races I’ve ever seen,” Calhoun first-year coach Pat Duggan said. “Grace showed a lot of mental toughness and determination in winning the state qualifier in the last 10 meters. She’s really growing as a runner.”
In hockey terms, Moore completed a hat trick with the state qualifier win. After qualifying for the state meet in cross-country and winter track, she’ll represent the Lady Colts at the New York State championships this Friday and Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. “Grace is very impressive,” Duggan said. “She’s one of the biggest reasons we won our division meet.”
Calhoun was an upset champion in Division 2A after completing the regular season a notch below neighboring Mepham. However, the Lady Colts totaled 166.5 points in the division meet, besting the Lady Pirates by 30 and the rest of the field by more than 100.
Moore, senior Jennifer McElwain, and junior Olivia Huckemeyer each won two events in the division meet. Moore took the 800 and 1500, McElwain won the 400 Intermediate Hurdles and the 100 hurdles, and Huckemeyer finished first in the Long Jump and Triple Jump. Other key contributors were sophomore Juliann Vizoso, who won the 400, senior Katie Woo, who took the 3000, and senior Monica Levy, who placed second in both hurdle events.
Calhoun placed seventh in the 19-team field in the Nassau Class AAA championship meet. “It was a really great year,” Duggan said.