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Year in Review - Breakthrough Performances

Posted Sunday, June 08, 2008 by Charles Yarborough

A second place finish in the 2007 Queens Borough Outdoor Champs put SGHS on the map in a purely local sense. The 2008 season put the rest of the city on notice.

Here are the best breakthrough performances in descending order:

5. Joel Jonas
Most people knew that he was fast on the football field, but did not anticipate him playing a key role in the sprint relays in 2007-2008. Now Joel is a legit threat to score in any race he starts and will be expected to be amongst the elite in the borough and maybe city next year.

4. Jamel Hooks
Before the season, the consensus was that we would have to replace a lot of points in the throwing events due to the graduation of Robert Fabien and Andre Medwinter. After the season, Jamel holds the school record in both outdoor throwing events...and he has two more years to extend those records.

3. Tadd Willoughby
Tadd woke up the borough with a strong second place showing in the 600 at Indoor Boroughs and carried the momentum into the outdoor season. A school record 2:01.01 at Outdoor Cities showed that Tadd is prepared to compete with the best next season.

2. Angelica Medford
At New York Relays, team captain Angelica (replacing Shaneena McGloster) ran a 2:42 in the 800 of the SMR and showed that she was prepared to take the team lead on and off the track.

1. 4x400 team
After some false start difficulties in 2006-2007, the 4x400 team ran a sparkling 3:26 in an early season meet and at one point was ranked in the top ten of New York State. At City Champs, the team showed they belonged amongst the PSAL elite with a season best 3:25.13 enough for a fourth place finish (only 1.3 seconds behind the winning team).

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