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Girls Winter track is Springing through the Scoreboards

Photo Credit: Tani Popoola
Track runners take time warming up before it is time for their event.

Colonia High School’s Winter Track team has had their last match on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. This track meet was held indoor and was for both boys and girls. The track was at Ocean Breeze  indoor track in Staten Island.

Ocean Breeze’s indoor track is located at 625 Father Capodanno Boulevard Staten Island, NY 10305. The state of the art facility is 135,000 feet and can transform from 6 to 8 lanes. The track is 200 meters so you have to do everything you would do once on a normal 400 meter track twice. The high tech track can be altered to give a 4.5 feet incline at the curves of the track giving more of a challenge.

Track is a very competitive sport and involves many different activities. Track isn’t just narrowed down to running there are many different events involved in a formal track meet. There is running but also many different races for a vary of distances for example the 55, the 4×4 and the 400. These races are run by one or by many different people even from the same school. As there are races there is also jumping hurdles and an event called the high jump measuring who can jump the furthest out of all contestants from each school.

The match was between many different schools including Edison, South Plainfield, Woodbridge, Monroe, and many of the other towns that are surrounding Colonia High School in other townships or in the same township.

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Out of all the school that were there Colonia High School did score some pretty good scores. Mary Ilelaboye one of Colonia High School’s sophomores and one of Colonia High’s fastest runners on our girls Winter track team won the 55 for Colonia High School. Another impressive out come was Amber Wagner Girls’ Winter Track member who is also a sophomore ranked number three in the girls 400 meter dash with a time of one minute and eight seconds.

The Girls’ Winter Track team has had a successful season with their coach Nicole Albelo. The girls winter track team trained since the end of the fall semester. Their training consisted of outside training on Colonia High School’s track. After the weather got too cold outside the training was brought inside of the High School. To practice inside they worked on drill on the stairs to practice incline. The track team ran the hallways of the high school to build up stamina and speed. They also utilized the weight room in the school and our high school gymnasium.

The training has worked out and left the Colonia High School girls track team in good standing for next year. Mary Ilelaboye said, “It was was a tough season, but we worked hard.”

Tani Popoola member of the girls track team also was proud of the track team as she commented on this season saying, ” Both the girls and boys ran an incredible season this year and have made great improvements.”


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Mikeala Westbrook, Fall Reporter
Mikeala Westbrook sophomore at Colonia High School was born April 7, 2000. Westbrook likes to take on a challenge in every sector of her life. In school she likes taking on harder classes and taking on more chores at home. At home she lives with her mom, brother and sister. Her family of four moved to Avenel in 2013. She was originally born in Queens, New York and not many years later the Westbrook family started a new adventure in New Jersey. Her life wasn’t always easy, over the past few years death has struck her family way too often but has taught her to live life to the fullest and to not take anything for granted. Westbrook hopes to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in fashion design, marketing, and fashion journalism at the FIT campus in New York City. She then hopes to move on and create her own fashion line and maybe even obtain her masters and doctorate degrees.
Tani Popoola, Fall Reporter
Tanitoluwa (Tani) Popoola, a sophomore at Colonia High school, was born on August 17, 2000.  Popoola loves to sleep, eat, and sing the most. She also likes to go shopping but doesn’t always have the money to do so. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to East Orange NJ where she lived until she was two years old when she moved to Avenel, NJ. Both of her parents are pastors at the church  Christian Breakthrough Fellowship International Ministries where her mom also teaches the younger children.When she is not at home, she’s usually at church. At church she is part of a dance team and helps celebrates events and make them memorable she also sings and helps with the engineering department. Every year the youth department goes on a retreat and it is always a great experience. She lives with her parents and two little brothers. Her dad is a dialysis technician and her mom is in school to get a higher license in nursing. Her two little brothers are 12 and 9 and all they do is play video games and go outside. Popoola is very family oriented and has always been. Her family is extremely close even with the relatives from Nigeria. She participates in Colonia’s winter and spring track which is coached by her English teacher Coach Quick. She doesn't any other sports because she's simply just better at running. She's 5'4 and full of energy at all times and her friends call her crazy but its all in love. "Fun size people have so much more fun"- Is her saying and she stands by it firmly!

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