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American High’s track team went head to head with Newark Memorial High’s team on Thursday, April 21 and defeated NMHS in three of the four divisions of the meet. The Senior Night ceremony took place after the meet ended. The distance team sends off senior Miguel Morales in the picture above. (Picture by AJ De Las Alas)

AHS track team sends off seniors

AJ De Las Alas

Staff Writer

    American’s track team competed against Newark Memorial’s team on Thursday, April 21 at Tak Fudenna Stadium. American beat Newark Memorial in three of the four divisions of the meet: Boys Frosh/Soph, Girls Frosh/Soph, and Girls Varsity.

    “This is our fourth league meet, and our team has generally been successful against the other schools in our league,” Chelsea Truesdell (11) said. “It’s a nice day today with good weather, and I hope several of us do well and PR.”

    The varsity events, such as the 100 and 200 meter races, were relatively more competitive than the Frosh/Soph events. Newark Memorial excelled in the 1600 and 400 meter races, while AHS was successful in the hurdle and throwing events as well as the 4×100 and 4×400 relay races.

    “The Girls Varsity 4×400 relay team won during the Newark meet, which means we are still undefeated in league meets,” Netra Ravishankar (11) said. “We still have to go against Irvington next week, and I hope we keep our winning streak.”

    After the meet ended, the AHS team huddled together for the short Senior Night ceremony. The team shared nice words and gave flowers to the four graduating seniors: Shreya Joshi, Vishal Vaddadhi, Durga Mahapatra, and Miguel Morales.

    “I started track my freshman year and continued for all four years of high school,” Morales said. “The track team is family to me and I’m going to miss coming out and seeing them after school at practice.”

    The students on the track team will miss the seniors when they graduate.

    “I’m really sad that Shreya and Vishal are both leaving,” Rosy Darla (10) said. “I’m going to miss them because they were very helpful and funny, and I can literally tell them anything. They both always made practice fun.”

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