October Athletes of the Month

Principal John Murphy congratulates Aiden Smyth and Kristy Campana.
Principal John Murphy congratulates Aiden Smyth and Kristy Campana.

Field Hockey Goalie Kristy Campana is our October Athlete of the Month. The team saw solid improvement in a tough Division 1, ending with a 5-9 record. “It’s all about how you play and not necessarily the score,” said our college-bound senior.  “Coach Scharpf is always telling us to focus on how you play and how to get better, steadily improving throughout the season.”

With close to 200 saves this past year Kristy is looking to play at the college level. “I have a few schools in mind where I can play as well as pursue my major [Meteorology]. Beyond college, coaching is not out of the question. “I started eight years ago in league play and just love the sport.” Kristy also plays Lacrosse in the spring but field hockey is clearly her passion.  Kristy is a member of Robotics, Girl’s Leadership, and is the senior class treasurer. The Annual Suffolk County Awards Dinner is December 5th and we’re hoping for Kristy to come away with an award.

 

Our Male Athlete for the Month of October is Cross County Runner Aiden Smyth. Through mud and snow, Aiden ran the State Championships in the shadow of Lake Ontario and was one of Suffolk County’s top 5 runners, missing All-State by a mere 17 seconds. “The State Qualifier at Sunken Meadow was a humid 70-degree day and a week later at the State Meet it was 20 degrees with snow on the ground and mud everywhere, so our Suffolk runners had a tough go of it,” ceded Aiden.

“Last year was a tough year for me, so my goal this year was to make ‘States’ and when I broke out in the Division with a solid time of 16:51, that earned me All-County and then All-County Academic,” said Aiden. “The State qualifier was the real ‘pressure race’ because Suffolk has such depth at Cross Country and they only take 5 individuals.”

Aiden will run again in the winter and spring track seasons’ competition in both the 1600m and 2-mile events. A senior who is enjoying his final year of high school, he is a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and the World Languages Honor Society. For college, Aiden credits his teachers for cultivating his love of the sciences and will major in Biomedical Engineering at Binghamton, Stony Brook or Buffalo.

Congratulations to both of these talented seniors!