Southeastern Runners and Coach Receive Awards and Recognition for Top Performances

Southeastern Regional’s spring track team finished strong this season with outstanding finishes in the Mayflower League and state competitions.  Competing against seven other teams in the Mayflower League, the girls finished third and the boys finished second (just nine points shy of first place).  Individually, many students finished in the top spot for their event, including Gabriel Etim, who won the Mayflower MVP award for both track and field events in the boys division, and Maya Robinson who was the MVP for field events in the girls division.

The team members also distinguished themselves as state all-stars, breaking school records, and competing against top athletes in the state.  Coach Kathryn Manigan, who was voted coach of the year in the Mayflower League, nominated five of her students for state all-stars. They include:

  • Romani Alicea (junior) who broke a school record in the triple jump (43 feet 1 inch), and became the first team member from Southeastern in five years to compete in the all-state competition, placing 19th in the triple jump.
  • Gabriel Etim (junior) who was undefeated in the 400 and 110 hurdles for the league and placed 9th in the 400 hurdles for the Division 3 State competition. He holds the school record in the 400 hurdles and the 4 x 400 relay.
  • Kevin Opoku (sophomore) who qualified for the Division 3 State competition in the 100, 200 and 4 x 100 relays in which he played an integral role in the third leg of the race. In the Mayflower League meet, he finished third in the 100 meter, and first (along with teammates) in the 4 x 100 relays.
  • Destinee Innis-Lemar (senior) who placed first in the Mayflower League meet in the high jump and third in the 4 x 100 relay.
  • Maya Robinson (junior) who placed in three events in the Mayflower League meet: first in shot put, second in discus and fourth in javelin. She was awarded the 2018 female field athlete of the year by the Mayflower League.

Coach Manigan said the team as a whole has improved tremendously, with 80 students competing this year.  She and the other coaches, Lloyd Lamarre (throwing coach) and Shane Colemen (co-coach for track and field), worked to recruit athletes, attracting many basketball players.  They also encouraged students who have never participated in sports before.

“It’s great because almost any student can participate, and they can get better.  They also love being part of a team and they learn about commitment,” she said.

Coach Manigan added that she was thrilled to be voted as coach of the year by her peers.  She said the most challenging part of the position has been trying to coordinate all the team events while hosting track meets.   She thinks it was important to make sure that all the other schools felt at home at Southeastern.

“I wanted the other coaches to come and not worry about the facilities, but just concentrate on their coaching.  And it’s a great honor to know that other people thought I was doing the best job that I could,” she said.

By:  Candace Hall