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February 10, 1999


by Chris Fekete

Wagner heading to Florida for the Florida State Relays:
As reported in a previous issue of the Fekeditorial, it is now final.....Wagner College will be going down to Tallahassee, Florida the week of March 11th-19th for the Florida State Invitational. This is a 3 day meet during Wagner's Spring Break. The team fund raised and obtained donations from various businesses and alumni as well as people in the road running community. I would personally like to thank the women's assistant coach Jennifer Rice and financial consultant Mr. Auer.....Doug's dad.... for doing all the booking and paperwork for the meet and as well as airfare and accommodations. Without them, this trip would not have been a success. I would also like to thank Alma Ramos for her generous donation and her wonderful letter. We appreciate the support and will try to all run our best for Staten Island! Thanks to all that donated to our cause!! Just so you know, we are still taking donations just in case anyone would still like to give a little, every little bit helps our program get stronger. You can make checks payable to: Wagner College Track and Field, One Campus Road, Staten Island, NY 10301.
Attn.: Joe Stasi. Once again the Wagner College Track & Field team thanks you all very much.
Train hard, run fast!

Alfano "storming" into the college running scene:
Pete Alfano, former Monsignor Farrell High School standout and a current member of St. John's University's Red Storm is certainly running up a storm. As of the past few weeks of racing he has set personal best in 3 events. He ran a 15:56 for 5000 meters and a 9:12 for 3000 meters in the same day at the 168th St. Armory Track and Field center. A few weeks later, Pete ran a personal best in the 800 meters, running a leg on St. John's 4x800 meter relay with a 1:59 clocking, also at the Armory. Thinks are certainly looking up for the Red Storm Freshman, who is finally coming into his own on the track.

Healy getting on his "heels" as of late:
Brendan Healy, formerly of Monsignor Farrell High School, currently in his 5th year at New York University doing graduate work, is making significant strides on the track. After having some real good summer training and a nice Cross Country season, Brendan has been excelling on the track as of late. He has posted impressive times of 8:56 for the 3000 meters, a very big personal best for him. He looks do to himself one better by Pr'ing in that event again before his indoor campaign ends. He also has run some nice legs on the teams DMR and run some fast miles on the track. Keep up the good work Brendan!

Canova coming into his own:
Anthony Canova, formerly of St. Joseph by the Sea High School, currently at Wagner College, is back into rare form. He has been running some real good workouts and has been doing the little things to fine tune his running, certainly it is starting to pay off. He has been mainly running the 400, 800 and 1000 events, in which he is trying to qualify for IC4A's. In his main event, the 1000 meters, he has recorded personal bests of 2:32 and recently 2:31. He is very happy with his progress and looks to dip under 2:30 soon. Anthony has run 1:57 on a 4x800 meter relay and run 52 on a 4x400 meter relay. Things are looking up for Anthony, as championships begin in a little over a week. He is looking to pop that big race, as are all the Seahawks.

Other College Track and Field News:
In other college track and field news......Not much has been heard from former Monsignor Farrell runners Jeff McDonnell(Rider University) and Ryan Maxwell(Notre Dame University), these guys have to get back to me with some information about themselves so that we can all see how they are doing.
Recently, Chris Fekete, another former Monsignor Farrell runner and Matteo Rosselli, former St. Joseph by the Sea runner have been running well for Wagner College. Fekete has posted a personal best at 3000 meters this past weekend of 9:08.6 at the 168th St. Armory Track and Field Center. A week earlier he ran the mile leg of the Wagner DMR in 4:31. Happy about his progression, Fekete looks to break 9 minutes in the 3000 meters and 4:30 in the mile at the conference meet. Rosselli has gotten back to the racing scene by running some competitive 800's. He came back to racing competitively by running the 800 leg of the Seahawks DMR in a clocking of 1:59, and just recently ran a leg on the 4x800 in the same time of 1:59.
Other notables are Ryan McDermott, former Monsignor Farrell runner, currently at Catholic University, Doug Auer former McKee/S.I. Tech runner, now at Wagner College and Tom Hopkins, formerly of Xavarien High School, also at Wagner College. McDermott has been doing some really good training as of late and he looks to run fast in the 5000 meters outdoors. He is basically training through indoors on his way to a stellar outdoor season. He says that training has been tough due to the weather that we have been experiencing as of late. In order to get track workouts in, Ryan and the team had to shovel 2 lanes of the CUA's outdoor track.
Doug Auer has been doing some really good things on the track as well. Workouts for him have been top notch as he has been running many of the intervals with Fekete his teammate. The tough workouts that Coach Joe Stasi and Coach Joe Tuttle have been creating have been handled well by Doug as he took this hard work and set a personal best at 3000 meters 2 weeks ago. A time of 9:37 was more than 20 seconds faster than his previous best as he looks to dip under 9:30 at Northeast Conference Champs. Tom has been consistently making strides in the 3000 meters as well as the 5000 meters. He recently ran the 3000 in a personal best time of 9:24, and 16:56 for 5000 meters. Workouts have been going exceptional for the Wagner junior as he looks to run close to 9 minutes in the 3000 and break 16 in the 5000. Keep up the Good work Ryan, Doug and Tom!!!

"Man on the Street".......maybe we should call him "Man on the road":
John Kane, our "Man on the street," has been working very hard with his new job at Arthur Andersen. So hard that he has been a traveling man. As of the past few months John has had to go to such places as Pennsylvania and Connecticut. He would venture there everyday and by the time he'd get home he'd be very tired. I think this is the reason why he hasn't come out with a column in a while. But, John tells me via phone conversations that things are looking up for him as his workload should be lighter in the near future. John I hope things work out for you, Good Luck!

"Thursday Night at the Races"-168th St. Armory Track and Field Center:
Several Wagner College male runners will travel to the Armory tonight to run the "Thursday Night at the Races." Wagner is off from competition this weekend, and only a few runners will be getting in a race. There are limited events to choose from, with a 400, 800 and 1600 as the highlight events. Chris Fekete, Mike Poole, Tom Hopkins, Matteo Rosselli, Anthony Canova and Mike Brady will be competing in tonight's events. Results to follow......

Chris Fekete