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Hamilton Begins Track Season at Kick-Off II

New York, N.Y. – The Hamilton High School indoor track team got a jump start for the winter season Saturday competing in the  Kick-Off II meet at the New York City Armory.

Senior sprinter led the Red Raiders runners taking first place overall in the 300-meter run in a time of 43.72 seconds and second in the 55-meter dash in 7.97 seconds.

“We have a lot of younger kids, but they have a lot of talent,” Barrera said. “We graduated a lot of the team. But we’re getting ready for the rest of the season and improving.”

Barrera is a sprinter who runs the demanding 55-, 200-, 300- and 600-meter events which require speed and a certain amount of intelligent endurance.

“I have always been fast, but running the longer sprints takes a lot of strength and endurance over the distance,” Barrera said. “I am always working on getting stronger.”

One of the Raiders super sophomores is Lloyd Richards, a sprinter who runs the 55- , 100-, 200-, 400-meter and sprint relays. Richards, who also runs for the White Plains Future Stars Track Club, is focused on improving his stamina and speed. Richards placed 14th overall in the 55 in a time of 7.14.

“You always want to get faster, but with indoor track we run a lot more and there are more turns,” Richards said. “With Future Stars we run lots of steps and do aerobic to maintain endurance to be sure we’re in shape for competition. That helps me in winter track.”

Jordan Scott ran an 11.4 for 14th place and Jasmine Whitfield placed 22 in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 12.2. Whitfield and Scott also ran legs of the 4X200 relay team with Alyssa Santana and Brenda Duran that placed 12th overall.

In the girls’ long jump, Nadie Fluerinord placed 14th with a leap of 10.7 meters and Robin Jessamy placed seventh in the girls’ 600-meter run. The 4x400 meter girls’ relay team of Daisy Pogyo, Marissa Alicea, Karen Orzuna and Angelene Dimaano ran a 5:04.9 for 10th place.

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