One for the Record Books

One for the Record Books

Karly Deland, Sports Editor

Those who have attended the Union County Relays at the Jersey City armory know that every year is filled with excitement and success stories for the Highlanders. This year was no exception as Governor Livingston senior Michelle Almeida broke the school shot put record.

Almeida is a three year varsity field athlete for the Highlanders, but she was not always a field athlete. When asked about what made her go out for the team Michelle said, “Coach Ortega actually told me to give Track and Field a shot, and for that I want to thank him.”

At this year’s Union County Relays Almeida threw for a distance of 35.7 feet, which broke the standing school record of 35.1 feet that was recorded in 2007. In addition, the shot put relay consisting of Michelle, Junior Lauren Boyd, and Sophomore Alexa Saldida placed 3rd in the meet. When asked about her performance she was quick to give credit to those around her.

“The coaches have helped me by always pushing me in the weight room and at practice,” Almeida said, “and without the support from my coaches and teammates none of this would have been possible.

Breaking a nine year record is obviously something that does not come overnight. Outside of training with the Governor Livingston team Michelle trains at Georgian Court University every Sunday. Every month she attends a clinic for throwers hosted at Adelphi University in New York. Now with this record under her belt Michelle will continue this rigorous work ethic to achieve the new goal she has set for herself to throw 40 feet.

Michelle Almeida has undoubtedly exemplified what it means to be a Highlander. Her hard work and dedication to the sport has resulted in much deserved successes. Michelle has made her name in the Governor Livingston record books and will continue to make an impact as the Highlander Winter Track & Field season continues on through.



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