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Select members of the girls varsity track team competed in the Section XI New York State Championship Qualifier at Suffolk Community College West on Feb. 13.

The athletes who qualified to participate in this meet were Paige Keefer for the 600m run and the 4x400m relay, Brittany Korsah for the 300m and the 4x400m relay, Dana Beggins for the 600m run and the 4x400m relay, Nadja Ashley for the 4x400m relay and Noela Franco, Nadine Keefer, Tara Hauff and Hannah Heller for the 4x800m relay.

Brittany Korsah (county champion) won the 300m dash and advanced to states in a time of 39.89. Paige Keefer (county champion) won the 600m run and advanced to states in a time of 1:34.85. Dana Beggins placed second to Paige in the 600m run and advanced to states in a time of 1:36.36.
    
The 4x400m team of Korsah, Ashley, Beggins, P. Keefer. placed first and advanced to states in a time of 3:59.38 beating the next team by 12 seconds.
The 4x800 team consisting of Noela Franco, Nadine Keefer, Tara Hauff and Hannah Heller exceeded their pre-race ranking and set a new school record of 9:44.67 placing fourth overall.
    
The athletes will compete at the Long Island Elite meet at St. Anthony’s on Feb. 25, the New York State Championships at Ocean Breeze Track Facility in Staten Island on March 4, and the New Balance National Games at the Armory in New York City on March 12.