Junior Track Champion

Nina Cialone
Locust Valley High School junior Nina Cialone took home the girl’s long jump championship with an outstanding jump of 17 feet, 1 inch during the Nassau County Class B track and field conference championships on Feb. 5. This jump was 1 inch shy of an automatic bid to the state championships; however, her win gives her another chance to add that inch at the state-qualifying meet on Feb. 14. 

In addition to winning the Class B championship in the long jump, she also placed second in the girls triple jump, improving her personal best and toppling a school record over a decade long by about 6 inches, with an outstanding jump of 36 feet, 8 ½ inches. This jump will automatically advance her to the girls triple jump state championships in March. 

“Nina really showed up to jump,” coach Erin Holmes said. “She blocked out all of the stress that comes with a championship event like this and focused on making little adjustments, implementing what we have been working on in practice, listening to the coach and just going full throttle to the board. It was an absolute pleasure to see the joy on her face when she won the long jump, but it was definitely the best to watch her face light up when she realized she had broken the school record. I am so very proud of all of her hard work this season and can’t wait to be there to see her break her record again at states.”