Girls Track: Rebels’ Moczydlowska ends on personal high note
Ridgewood's Erika Glaub runs in the 300-meter hurdles at the IHSA Class 2A Fenwick Sectional girls track and field meet. | Rob Hart~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 18, 2012 8:31AM
Ridgewood’s Angelika Moczydlowska didn’t advance to the state girls track and field meet next weekend, but she did end the season on a positive note at the May 10 Fenwick Sectional meet.
Moczydlowska took eighth in the triple jump with a distance of 30 feet, 7 inches. She also jumped 14-1¼ inches, both personal records for Moczydlowska.
“She’s one of those athletes that is at practice every day working hard,” said head coach Joe Tedeschi. “She’s been a very good competitor this year. She went out and did her best.”
In addition to the triple and long jump, she competes in the discus and shot put during the regular season. But during postseason meets, she primarily participates in the two events she is best at, which are the triple and long jump.
Although she finished the season on a strong note, it was not all smooth sailing for Moczydlowska, especially early on as she struggled with her timing, which resulted in unsuccessful jumps.
“At the beginning of the year, she wasn’t even close to getting to 30 feet (in the triple jump),” said Tedeschi. “We (also) had a real problem with her (early on) because she kept scratching (fouling). In a couple meets, she would only get one (successful) jump out of four.
“She had a tough time early trying to get her runs set up properly so she would hit the board right. In one meet, she only jumped 11 feet in the long jump because she just wanted to get one (valid) jump in because we couldn’t keep her from scratching.”
But she did not get discouraged with her early struggles and stuck with it. As time went on, Moczydlowska was able to get out of her funk, as her scratch total went down and her distances went up.
“As the year progressed, she just kept working and working to try to qualify,” said Tedeschi. “She just kept getting better and kept working at it. She improved greatly over the season and she finished the Metro Suburban Conference championships strong (sixth in long jump) and she finished the sectional strong.
“We talked (before sectionals) about finishing the season strong here. You want to finish it on a high note so when you walk out when you graduate you know you did your best.”
Moczydlowska certainly did her best in her final track and field meet for the Rebels.
The Rebels participated in the boys MCS championships on May 11 and also got a number of solid performances, including two from senior Dan Doherty.
He ran the 1600-meter in 4 minutes, 56 seconds, which was a personal best for him. In finishing the 1600-meter run in under five minutes, Doherty accomplished a goal he has eyed since his sophomore year. He also finished the 800-meter run in 2:18.
“I feel I did all right at conference,” said Doherty, regarding the conference meet. “(In addition to the 800 and 1600) I had a 63-second split in the 1600-meter relay and I was excited when I completed my 4:56 mile, which was the first time I got under five minutes on the mile.”
Tedeschi added, “He had a good night. He really came out and ran a good 1600-meter, had a great race.”
In addition to Doherty, Rami Hawari ran the 200-meter dash in 27.9 seconds and ran the 100-meter dash in 13.07 seconds. David Kreuger had a PR with a 108-2 in the discus and Geradro Huerta had a personal record of 33-10 in the triple jump.