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We are still waiting for some of the details of the Wizards competition at Penn Relays, but the pictures tell the story. What an amazing competition check out the CHAMPION shirt on the left. This puts the icing on the cake of an amazing week when the modified track team not only won championships at Monroe-Woodbury, but John Aponte not only set a record at discus throw, but then bbroke the record he just set. Hopefully they will send the rest of the details after a very well earned day of rest.

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The Washingtonville modified track team went to the 14th annual Monroe-Woodbury Crusader Invitational on Friday, April 21. Ten schools in total, from the surrounding area and as far away as Albany, took to the track as their top performing student-athletes competed. The Wizards had a great showing and turned out some amazing and record setting performances.

Wizards’ Eighth grader John Aponte set a new meet record in the discus throw. The previous record had been set back in 2016 and was 108’11”. Washingtonville’s coaches knew John had a chance to break it and watched in anticipation. The six year, long standing record was taken down on Apontes first throw of 109’5. However, on his third and final throw, he set the bar even higher with an awe inspiring throw of 111'6''. Earlier in the day, Aponte was also crowned champion of the shot put throw with a chuck of 39’3” while his tAeammate Ivan Cuadrado took 3rd place. At the sand pits, Christian Justafort caputed 2nd place in long jump as he soared through the air with a leap of 16’9”. Justafort paired his performance by tying teammate Defiance Osaro for 2nd place in the 100 meters. Both boys ran a time of 13.14. Osaro, a first year track athlete, also bolted to 3rd place in the 200 meter hurdles. Isaiah Cameron added another 3rd place finish for the Wizards as he belted out a 61.7 in the quarter mile and Josiah Lazo placed 4th in the 1500 meters

The Lady Wizards also had an impressive day at the Crusader Invitational. Eighth grader Toloni Turpi had her sights set on winning the 200 meters. Turpin set the track ablaze with a time of 28.5 to become the 200 meter champion. Turpin and seventh grader Hayden Ferreri took 2nd and 3rd places, respectively, in the long jump. The two girls were later joined by Emma Milmore and Khloey Romeo for a silver medal winning performance in the 4x100 meter relay, 58.3. Romen also sprinted to 5th place in the highly competitive 100 meters with a fully automatic time of 14.6.

The Wizards posted even more great performances in field events. Eighth grader Sanaa Thompson, in her first year of track, took 2nd place in shot put with a throw of 24’4”. Several 7th graders also posted top showings amongst the predominantly 8th grade competitors. This included Sydney Lozzo’s 4th place finishes in both the 800 meters and the 1500 meters. Additionally, Avery Flynn, who was competing in triple jump for the first time ever, took 2nd place while her sister Camryn Flynn secured 4th in high jump. Both girls were also part of the 2nd place finishing sprint medley relay team along with eighth graders Jaslyn Merejo and Grace Geladri.

For the Wizards, this was the first of three invitationals this season. They look to continue their success as the season rolls on.

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