April Athletes of the Month

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We finally caught up with our two distinguished athletes for the month of April. Juniors Jackie Crunden and Mike Damato, both members of spring track, have had a very successful month. Jackie, specializing in the high jump, posted her personal best for the year at 5’7” at the recent St. Anthony’s Invitational. Jackie is currently tied for first place in the state for the high jump. She also participates in the 100 meter, hurdles, the triple jump, and the pentathlon. New for Jackie, the pentathlon consists of high jump, hurdles, 800-meter, long jump, and the shot put. “My first pentathlon was at the recent Glenn D. Loucks Games in Westchester,” said Jackie. “This is a premier event for track throughout the NY metro area, and I placed fifth in the pentathlon, so I’m excited to continue this event wherever I can.”

Mike loves to run, and run he does, from fall cross-country to winter indoor track to spring track. Mike recently set a personal best in the 1 mile with an impressive time of 4:27 at the St. Anthony’s Invitational. “I always go out there and try as hard as I can,” said Mike. “I always try to do the best I can in whatever I do.”  Mike’s spring track schedule consists of the 1 mile, 2 mile, and relay. The great news is that Mike is a junior, so the Whitman track program gets to keep him for one more year.


Photo: Left to right: South Huntington Athletic Director Dr. James Wright, Mike Damato, Jackie Crunden, and Whitman Principial Ms. Kathie Acker.