This spring, 11 athletes would have enjoyed their final spring of competing in outdoor track and field for John Jay.
They each left a lasting impression on their coaches.
“It has been a pleasure and honor to coach these dedicated athletes through their many seasons at John Jay High School,” Kerrie Kuntz, head coach of the girls’ track and field team said. “They will do great in whatever endeavors they decide to pursue. Best of luck in the future and stay fit.”
Meanwhile, boys’ coach Alex Swiatocha added, “Thank you to the Class of 2020 for being role models to your teammates. You have worked hard throughout your running careers at John Jay and your track times and seasonal improvements certainly attest to your work ethic. Your dedication and ability to be persistent in pursuit of your goals will be invaluable in anything that you do. Congratulations and good luck.”
Kitanya Brown spent four years on the varsity spring track team, specializing in the 200-meter dash.
Her favorite pre-meet snack was crunchy peanut butter Clif Bars and green grapes.
Brown will attend the State University of New York College at Oneonta with her favorite memory being competing in the Loucks Games.
James Meikle is heading to England and Northumbria University in Newcastle to study architecture and backpack across Europe.
His top events were the long jump and triple jump. His advice to aspiring athletes: “Don’t be deterred by doing badly in meets and always stay focused during practice.”
Jack Mango also enjoyed pre-meet Clif Bars. He was usually slotted to run the 800-meters and 1600- meters and he will he studying astrophysics at Georgia Institute of Technology.
His favorite memory was “going on the river run and getting lost on the trails behind the school.”
Morgan Johnson’s specialties were the 2000-meter steeplechase, the 1500-meters and the 3000-meters.
Johnson is heading to the University of Miami to study psychology and will be competing in cross-country and track.
Her favorite pre-race snack is oatmeal with peanut butter and banana, and her favorite memory was “winning sectionals in the steeplechase after being injured for most of the season.
Sam Posner ran the 1600-meters and 3200-meters. His time of 9:52 in the 3200-meters was second-fastest in school history.
A four-year team member, he will run cross-country and track at Colby College in the fall.
Posner liked to eat pasta the night before a race.
His advice for younger teammates, “You don’t get anywhere alone. Running may be an individual activity, but without my parents, coaches, and teammates, I wouldn’t have become the runner I am today. Running isn’t easy, but if you surround yourself with the right people and put in effort on and off the track, you will be able to do great things.”
Samantha Comstock, who ran the 800-meters, will attend Sacred Heart University where she will study occupational therapy.
JayFest is her favorite memory.
“Always push and support each other, this team is going to be your second family,” she said.
Jasper Meikle, like his brother James, was a long jumper. He also ran the 200-meters.
He is headed to Cooper Union College.
Winning his first 200-meter race is his lasting memory.
Marist College-bound Sara Rabinowitz ran the 200-meter hurdles, 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash.
Her favorite pre-race snack was oatmeal and her lasting memory is “competing in hurdles for the first time and instantly falling in love with the event.”
Her advice for novice runners, “Don’t get too caught up in comparing yourself to others. Remember that, as long as you’re working hard, you deserve to be a part of the team and love the sport just as much as anyone else, no matter what your times are.”
Clodagh McGroary will run cross-country and track for Fordham University, where she is planning to study biological sciences.
“Winning the 4X800-meter relay in 2018 at the Glenn D. Loucks Games, which is a national invitational meet that has taken place since 1968,” McGroary answered when asked her favorite memory.
Oona Kerrigan ran the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes.
The Sacred Heart-bound Kerrigan, who enjoyed a bagel with cream cheese before meets, advised younger runners to “enjoy it because it goes by way too fast.”
Aidan McGroary will be attending the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University this coming fall.
He ran the 100-meters and 200-meters.
One of his favorite pre-race meals was his “Mom’s Specialty” of two fried eggs and tater tots.
“There's too many (favorite moments) to count,” he said. “I loved going on the free runs with all my friends. I also loved cheering on my great teammates like Clodagh, Sam, and Jeffrey Alper.”
Samuel Teich usually ran the 100-meters and 200-meters. He plans on attending the State University of New York at Purchase.
“Make the most out of it,” he offered to younger athletes. “The memories you make on this team will last for an eternity.”