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Penn Relays 2019 wrap-up: Island records for Susan Wagner’s Altieri, NDA’s distance medley

By George Kochman/For the Staten Island Advance

PHILADELPHIA — Two vintage Staten Island records fell at the 125th Penn Relays Thursday thanks to Susan Wagner’s Kathryn Altieri and Notre Dame Academy’s distance medley relay.

Altieri finished 11th in the high school girls’ 3,000-meter championship race in 9 minutes, 52.44 seconds, eclipsing the 9:56.3 run by Jeanine Radice of St. Joseph by-the-Sea at the New York state championship meet in 1985.

Thursday evening, NDA’s all underclass DMR unit — Alyssia Brown (3:47.13), Sofia Garcia (1:01.14), Giavanna Comerford (2:25.25), and Sierra Dinneen (4:56.66) — ran 12:10.18, finishing 12th while breaking the school and Island record of 12:13.00 set in 1989.

The Notre Dame Academy distance medley team members -- from left, Sofia Garcia, Alyssia Brown, Giavanna Comerford and Sierra Dinneen -- are the Island's record holders now.
The Notre Dame Academy distance medley team members -- from left, Sofia Garcia, Alyssia Brown, Giavanna Comerford and Sierra Dinneen -- are the Island's record holders now.

Weather conditions were perfect Thursday afternoon when Altieri, who has shown drastic improvement over the past three months, took to the starting line.

Her coach, John Padula, had given her instructions, “Get out well, get good position, and start running 80’s,” meaning 80-second 400-meter laps.

The sophomore followed her coach’s instructions to the letter and made another significant breakthrough.

“We knew she was ready for this type of performance,” said Padula. “She’s had some monster workouts recently, and I’ve started putting her in with the boys.”

Brooke Rauber of Tully, New York, won the race in 9:34.21.

The Gators’ DMR would have been faster, but a dropped baton between the second and third legs made the Gators play catch-up.

“We felt we were in pretty good position after the first two legs,” said NDA coach Al Garcia. “I think we ran well considering what happened.”

Garcia was particularly pleased with Dinneen, the anchor, who recently broke the Island 1,500 mark with a 4:35.63.

“This race was much better,” Garcia said. “She was out in 2:22 through the 800, and running alone the last two laps.”

Up front, Fayetteville-Manlius won in 11:45.28. Defending champion North Rockland, with national champion Katelyn Tuohy on the anchor, fell far behind. The junior star gave it a great go, but her 4:36.94-split left her team in sixth place.

NOTES: The Susan Wagner 4x400-meter relay medaled in their section while setting a school record. ... Island teams also fared well in the 4x400-meter relays, with Wagner turning in a school-record 4:09.41 to earn third-place medals. Victoria Morrongiello (1:01.49), freshman Michaela Jose (1:00.52), Emily Albano (1:05.72) and Esther Turay (1:01.69) comprised the foursome. Curtis was close to medals in its race, running 4:12.63, with Angel Okasfor (1:03.37), Kortney Brown (1:03.24), Benita Sarr (1:02.12), and Marianne Aghalis (1:03.92).


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