All-American girls to lead track team
All-American Elisabeth Barnett (left) and teammate Sara Faran at the New Balance Outdoor National Track and Field Championship in Greensboro, N.C.

Photo provided by Steve Borbet

All-American girls to lead track team

Story By: STEVE BORBET
12/3/2015


BAY SHORE—The 2015-2016 girls winter track team will be led by two amazing young athletes, Aviana Goode and Elisabeth Barnett.

In June, at the National Scholastic Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Greensboro, N.C., Barnett, a junior, competed against the best high school athletes in the United States. Competing at mid-day in 98-degree heat, Barnett would walk a personal best of 7:52.67 to place fourth and gain All-American honors. Barnett has continued to improve throughout her career, and had her best race at the National Championships.  She has been invited to the USATF Walk Training Camp in San Diego over the winter break as one of the elite young race walkers in the country, and will work with the top walk coaches and athletes. 

Senior Aviana Goode will also lead Bay Shore this winter. Goode won the New York State 100-meter hurdle championship in the spring of 2014. Goode is the school record holder in both the 55 hurdles and the 100-meter hurdles. She is also an elite high jumper, having cleared 5’6” several times, and Goode is only five feet three inches tall. To show her versatility, she won the long jump at the state championships in 2015, winning on her last jump. She had a jump of 18’2.25” into a headwind.

Bay Shore will have one of the top middle distance groups on Long Island. Bridget Kanaley, Jasmin Reyes, Caelyn Reilly and Anna Pirkl placed second, third, fourth and fifth in the county last spring in the 1500-meter run, and will look to be All-American’s this winter in the four-mile relay. Add eighth-graders Sydney Carpenter, Alexandra Peck, Kassidy Metzger, Catie Surian and Sabrina Simonetti to this group and Bay Shore will have both quality and depth.

Rachel Mihlstin, Sarah Trupp, Jordyn Piccirelli, Hannah LaForce and Casey Fusco will lead the team’s sprinters and jumpers. Sara Farnan and Lauren Swanson will give the team two more quality walkers, along with Barnett. Kayla Christie is the defending county champ and record holder in the 20 lb. weight throw, and is also a top shot-putter, along with Imoniri Aghomon. The Lady Marauders will also have some very talented newcomers, who could develop into scorers at both the league and county level.