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Frontera wins Class A 3,000-meter race

May 30th, 2012

Newburgh’s Gianna Frontera won the 3,000-meter race during the Section 9, Class A outdoor track championships in Middletown, Thursday, May 24, and she ran alone as the field followed far behind.

Gianna Frontera maintained a big lead during her victory in the 3,000-meter run.

Frontera won with a time of 9:59.52, more than 16 seconds in front of Warwick’s Megan Reilly.

“It was great,” said Frontera, of winning the race.

Frontera looked like she had comfortable lead, but she’s never comfortable unless her nearest competitor is about 100 yards behind her.

“It was the same pressure,” she said.

Newburgh was third in Class A with 120.5 points behind Aaliyah Pittman’s victory in the shot-put, when she covered a distance of 40-feet, three inches. Pittman was second in the discus.

Saleen Matta was second in the 400-meter dash and Kayla Phipps was fourth. Aliyah Matta was third in 100-meter hurdles, and D’Yanna McCaskill was sixth.

Matta and McCaskill ran on the Newburgh’s second-place 400-meter relay team and the Matta sisters ran on the Newburgh’s winning 1,600-meter relay team with McCaskill and Phipps.

Phipps was third in the pole vault and Sarah William was third in the pentathlon. McCaskill was fourth in the 400-meter hurdles.

Terrel Moore finished seventh for the boys in the 100-meter dash, but he knew the Goldbacks would have to run hard in the 1,600-meter relay to win.

“We have an X on our backs because people want to beat us,” said Moore, “so we run our hardest in practice.

The work paid off with a Goldbacks’ victory in the 1,600-meter relay, but it was a close one. Newburgh won the race with a time of 3:20.73, just beating Monroe-Woodbury’s time of 3:21.18.

Newburgh was eighth in Class A team points with 56.

Newburgh’s Xaiver McAllister and Isaiah Valentine went 2-3 in 100-meter dash. Shaquille Wimberly was second in the 400-meter hurdles, and Aaron Forbes was fifth in the discus.

By Bond Brungard

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