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Boy’s track prepares for successful final lap

May 25, 2016

 At the start of the season, the Monticello High School’s outdoor boy’s track-and-field Coach Matt Buddenhagen and Assistant Coach Mike Fratto set some lofty goals for the team: First, win a division title. Next, a sectional title. Finally, represent Monticello High School at the State Track and Field meet.

Last week, the team met their first goal of winning the Division III title (the sixth for the team in the past seven years) and they are headed to sectionals later this week.

“We set the bar really high for these athletes, and they really bought into it,” Coach Buddenhagen said. “This year has been one of, if not the most, successful years for our team.”

During the May 20-21 Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) Championship, junior My-kell Farrar took nearly a half-second off the school’s record record and won the 110-meter hurdle title with a time of 14.54 seconds. Additionally, My-Kell also broke the school’s 400-meter hurdle record from 1990, with a time of 55.8.

But My-Kell isn’t the only athlete contributing to what could easily be considered the most successful run that the team has seen in school history.

During its May 21 meet, the teams’s 4x4 relay squad (comprised of (seniors Jacob Lillie, Sean O’Rourke, Jamison Clarke, and junior My-Kell Farrar) a 25 year-old school record, originally set in 1986 with a time of 3:23:08 by 1 second.

During the OCIAA meet, senior Tim Braunstein threw his personal best in the discus with 127'.

In recent meets, the team’s jumpers (comprised of Jerome Lucky, Jesse Farrow, Jonah Lillie and Najee Shackelford) have been consistently hitting their own personal bests.

“This has been a total team effort,” Coach Buddenhagen said. “A few of our meets were really close, but the kids rallied together to make it successful."