Tri-Valley senior Mar-eena DiMilia won the shot put with a heave of 34-6.25. Last month DiMilia took eighth at the New Balance Indoor Nationals among emerging elite athletes in the weight throw. In this meet she also won the long jump (15-3) and the 100 hurdles (16.1). She is bound for Sacred Heart University in the fall.
This was Sullivan West’s first meet of the season, but it was T-V’s third, having hosted a home opening boys and girls victory vs. Eldred and participation and great success in the Pearl River Relays, wherein the trio of Ally Reynolds, Vicky Tingley and Mareena DiMilia broke the school record in the shuttle relay. It was the first salvo of an impending volley of records that will shatter this spring. Tri-Valley easily handled Sullivan West in this league opener as the boys outpointed Sullivan West 82-59, while the Lady Bears pounced on their young rivals to the tune of 106-31. Track and field is not just a team enterprise, but also an individual one, and many of the day’s winners will become the subject of much laudatory praise from this writer as the spring moves on apace.
For now we’ll just list the victors, though there were some surprises and upsets, including T-V sophomore Zach Nilsen’s victories in the 110 and 400 hurdles over Sullivan West junior standout Mitch Paciga. The latter got some measure of revenge as he out-jumped Nilsen and teammate Matt Cardona to win the high jump. Paciga was second in the pole vault to T-V’s Aidan Woolsey.