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East Islip Girls Winter Track To Send Four Athletes To States

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East Islip High School’s girls winter track team will be sending several outstanding student-athletes to the state championships on March 2 at Ocean Breeze in Staten Island, thanks to their outstanding performances at the Section XI individual state qualifier earlier in February.

For the second consecutive season, 4×400 relay team of junior Danielle Birner and sophomores Grace Micali, Danielle Simonetti and Danika Tidridge handled the pressure and took first place. Micali, Simonetti and Tidridge return to the state championship to try to best last year’s third place, joined by newcomer Birner, who has thrived repeatedly.

“Last year, the goal was to get on the podium,” coach John Reynolds said. “This year, we are aiming for the top spot.”

Additionally, Simonetti finished first in the 600-meter run and will compete in the event at states.

“Danielle is the best competitor I’ve ever coached, and one of the best East Islip has ever seen,” Reynolds said. “She has gone undefeated in the 600 meters versus everyone in Suffolk County, and has her sights set on a state title.”

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