While the St. Thomas Aquinas College Track & Field team continue to prepare for the upcoming 2017-2018 indoor season, here is an inside look at both the men's and women's squads.
The men's team, coming off of a conference championship from the outdoor season is looking to try and capture its first-ever indoor title. Saint-Jacob Diodonet leads the squad into a new era, after losing 4-time national contender in the 60, Winslow Dorsainvil. Saint was an All-American last season in the 400, with a time of 47.38 indoors and has won the conference championship in the 200 and 400 for the past two years. Diodonet also comes in with accolades of being All-Region in the 60, 200, and 400 in his two year stint with the Spartans. Elias Guardado is also coming in as an indoor conference champion in the Long Jump and took second to his own teammates in the Long Jump and Triple Jump in the Outdoor Season. Lugduni Desrosiers comes back to the Spartans after suffering a late season injury to try and repeat his indoor season of last year where he finished second in the 400 to Diodonet as well as finishing third in the 200 in last year’s indoor season. Rickssen Opont looks to follow up last season where he finished first in the Shot Put and Discus in the outdoor conference championships, as well as his All-Region nominations that he received.
Other notables to watch this year are Frankie Schiavone, Dylan Bestler, Vinny Vasquez, Robbie Guidicipietro and Kyle Kondraki. Freshman looking to make an impact on the Spartans this year are Dante Brown, Kesigh Deloatch, Stephane Fortune, Nick Martello and Jaren Scott. Dante Brown comes to the St. Thomas Aquinas College from Nyack High School and is a 100, 200, and Long Jump individual where he finished in eighth overall in NY State Championships in the 100 and twelfth in the states in the 200. Kesigh Deloatch joins STAC from Warwick High School where he was a State Qualifier and finished twelfth in the High Jump, seventeenth in the Long Jump and finished third overall in the Triple Jump. Stephane Fortune comes from Spring Valley High School and competes in the Hurdle events where he finished third in Section I last year and was first in the USATF Region 1 Junior Olympics. Nick Martello had a great Cross Country season this past year for the Spartans and is expected to help in the distance events for the indoor season. Jaren Scott comes from Alexander Hamilton High school where he was a state qualifier in the 200 with a time of 22.46 and finished fourteenth overall in the NY State Championships Last Year.
The women's team comes into this season after a stellar 2016-2017 campaign, where they finished third in the indoor conference meet and second in the outdoor conference championship last year. Camille Cameron looks to follow-up her stellar freshman year, where she was All-Conference in the 60 meters, 200 meters, and 400 meters (outdoor). Cameron took second place in the 60 meters and 200 meters in the 2017 indoor championship and took a first place finish in the 400 in the outdoor championship, where she rewrote all of the St. Thomas Aquinas College Lady Spartan records with her times. Amber Lubaszka returns to the Lady Spartans this year after taking third place in the 500 last indoor season as well. Molly Conner and Desiree Bermudez return as well to help out with the hurdles jumps, where they were both in the top 8 last year in their events. Aida Torpey and Rebecca Macleod will race in the distance events, as both of them had outstanding Cross Country seasons. Katie Mollahan will lead the throws group in her senior season, where she took third place last year in the indoor shot put, as well as third place in the outdoor shot put.
Newcomers to help the squad this year are Penny Greibesland, Rachel Spagnola, Christina Maretzo, Kalesha Darisme, and Abbie Kimbrell. Penny Greibesland comes to STAC from Warwick High School, where she was a hurdler/sprinter and finished tenth overall in the indoors state meet in the 55 hurdles, fourth in the outdoor season in the 100 hurdles and third in the section in the 400 hurdles. Rachel Spagnola comes to the Spartans from Park Ridge High School in New Jersey and is a 400/800/400 hurdle specialist where she finished fifteenth overall in the meet of champions in New Jersey for the 400 hurdles and has personal bests in the 400 in 59.18 and 800 in 2:21. Christina Maretzo is a dual threat at St. Thomas Aquinas, where she plays soccer for the Lady Spartans and is a track Athlete as well. Maretzo comes to St. Thomas Aquinas College from Paramus Catholic, where she runs everything from 400 to 3000, where she finished tenth overall in the Group Champs in the 800 and ninth in the 1600. Kalesha Darisme comes to the Lady Spartans from sunny Miami, where she was a competitor in the 400 and finished fourth in the region in the event with a person best of 59.14. Abbie Kimbrell comes to us from Monroe Woodbury and had an outstanding freshman season in cross country this year and is expected to make an impact from the 800 and up this year.
St. Thomas Aquinas College will open up its schedule on December 1st and 2nd at Southern Connecticut State University's Elm City Challenge.