Track notebook: Brewster set for makeover; Suffern seeks repeat; Pearl River's Meghan Keetley picks up the pacel

Track notebook: Brewster set for makeover; Suffern seeks repeat; Pearl River's Meghan Keetley picks up the pacel

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Track notebook: Brewster set for makeover; Suffern seeks repeat; Pearl River's Meghan Keetley picks up the pacel

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The rubber lanes are worn down. The runways for the long and high jumps are made out of concrete. And the runway for the pole vault is — well, there is no runway for the pole vault. Brewster High’s track is in need of a makeover.

And now it’s coming. The funds are in place. Brewster boys and girls coach Joe Scelia, who ran on that track for the Bears from 1994-97 when it was concrete, prior to being rubberized in 2000, said the renovation is tentatively set to begin in the summer and should be done for the fall, and will cost about $225,000. The new surfaces will have top-quality rubber.

Scelia said state Sen. Greg Ball presented a $100,000 state grant last year, which will go with a $35,000 donation from the Brewster Sports Foundation and the remaining money that the district approved Dec. 11.

“It’s kind of been a topic of discussion in this town, community, district, for the last few years,” Scelia said. “I think they really just saw the need of it as a community piece and as an interscholastic piece. Thankfully and graciously, they realized it was time.”

Scelia credited principal Dr. Joseph Castagnola and team parents for their perseverance. Besides hosting dual meets, which the school has been unable to do for many years, Scelia’s plan is for Brewster to run an early-spring invitational as it has done the last 35 years in cross country with the Brewster Bear Classic.

“I’m just excited the kids are going to get to compete at home,” Scelia said. “But they’ll also be able to have safe and appropriate training areas for each group.”

Suffern craves another crown: The Suffern boys are bent on taking a second straight Rockland title Sunday at The Armory.

“We have to hold the streak and keep it going,” said senior Alex Walker, the defending county champ in the 55-meter hurdles.

“I think we’re strong as a team,” added junior Tristen Dervish, a 300/relay runner. “Everybody’s working very hard during practice. I think everybody wants to win. Basically, with that mentality, it’s just going to give us the title again.”

Keetley’s approach: Pearl River’s Meghan Keetley ultimately wants to do even better in the race walk than last winter, which ended with her finishing fourth in the mile walk at Indoor Nationals, giving her all-America status. So the junior skipped cross country this past fall.

“I did separate training with Larry Beckerle, the Nanuet coach,” Keetley said. “I took cross country off to try to get my form right and try to get some distance work in with race walking. It was good. I think it helped.”

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