BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- The Bloomfield High track team had high hopes entering the 2020 spring season. However, as all the fans know, the season never took off. Nevertheless, head coach Terry Iavarone was very proud of the way his team stayed positive in the hopes of having a season.
"As we are all aware, the 2020 NJSIAA campaigns came to a swift halt on Mach 13," said Iavarone. "As local communities, states, and the world began a quarantine to defeat the COVID-19 virus, senior classes across the nation felt as they were robbed of their last athletic and club seasons and groups, in-class education, banquets and proms, graduation ceremonies, and overall high school experience.
"The 2020 Bloomfield Bengals boys and girls spring track and field teams undoubtedly would have had a successful season."
Iavarone, who always sees the proverbial glass as more than half full, was hopeful his team could have won a conference title this spring.
“I wholeheartedly believe that both the boys and girls squads would have done very well in the (Super Essex Conference's) Liberty Division," the coach said. "Our goal was nothing short of winning both team titles (regular season and championship meet) and garnishing top spots in the SEC, County, and sectional championships.”
Iavarone, like most coaches at BHS and throughout North Jersey, was able to keep in touch with his team through virtual communication. The Bengals had practiced for about a week, under good conditions, weather-wise, before the campaign was halted. There was hope, for a while, that perhaps the teams could get back on the athletic fields this spring.
The coach was very proud of his senior class.
“As virtual graduation nears, I feel that it is important to have a senior spotlight for those who gave a season, or several, to our indoor and outdoor track teams," said Iavarone.
Iavarone noted that Rendell Amilcar, a team captain, was the top point-scorer from the 2019-2020 indoor team, and has led his grade level in points amassed in every indoor and outdoor season since he joined the team during the winter of 2016-2017.
“Rendell is the leader of this team, the captain, and one of the hardest-working, and most dedicated athletes I have ever had the pleasure to coach," said iavarone. "I am proud that he will continue his athletic career at Rutgers-Newark as a Computer Science major in the fall, and will be part of the indoor and outdoor teams there."
According to Iavarone, Amilcar will also be the recipient of the Class of 1969 Cross Country/Track & Field, Joseph Konarkowski and Robert M. St. Ambrogio Memorial Outstanding Athlete Awards.
"This award is given by the members of the Hall of Fame teams of 1969, and is proudly presented for outstanding achievement in cross country and track and field, to the senior athlete who best exemplifies “the spirit of 1969” through dedication to training and competitive excellence," said Iavarone.
Lizbeth Morocho. also a senior captain, was a three-sport athlete at BHS in cross country, winter and spring track.
“Lizbeth is our most dedicated athlete on the girls' team," said Iavarone. "She is a leader by example, and someone whose example will continue to be a motivational tool for others after she graduates."
Morocho was recently awarded the prestigious 2020 Investors Bank, Best Teammate Award which is presented by the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. She was also an All-SEC athlete in cross country, last fall. She will continue her athletic career at Felician University, and plans to compete on the cross country and track teams while majoring in Business Administration.
Other standout seniors for the Bengals included Jordan Mosley, a four-year member of the track team, who will continue his education at the Rochester Institute of Technology, majoring in Computer Science, while playing baseball. Andre Robbins will attend New York University and major in Applied Psychology. Alanna Espinal, who will be joining Amilcar at Rutgers-Newark, will enter the Dance BFA program. She will run Indoor track and possibly run outdoors, as well.
Alexis Taylor, a two-year captain and All-SEC selection in the shotput, will continue her athletic career at Montclair State University. Taylor has led the girls team in points for her grade level the past two seasons and qualified for the Group 4 state championshp meet twice.
Angellina Ramos, a five-year varsity award winner, an All-SEC selection and part of the school-record holding 4x400 team, will continue her academic career at Montclair State University, majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics.
Keziah Anderson, a perennial sprinter for all four years, both indoors and outdoors at BHS, will continue her athletic career at Johnson C. Smith University, in Charlotte, North Carolina, while majoring in Human Health Performance.
Nayanka Cajuste will continue her education at The College of New Jersey and major in Nursing. Carolina Vigna will travel to upstate New York and will enter Syracuse University in the fall. Vigna’s major will be Communication Sciences and Disorders.
The BHS track coaches also sent their best wishes to the seniors..
“Good luck to all graduating seniors from the Bloomfield High School Class of 2020. You will be missed! Continue to work hard and strive for your goals. Good things will happen!” – Coach Terry Iavarone
“We missed everyone this year, and know that all of you will have the same success in life that you did on the track & field. Best wishes seniors!” – Coach Nickles Newman
“Best of luck to all the graduating seniors, although we didn’t have the type of season we envisioned, I will always be grateful for the opportunity to coach some extraordinary athletes! Be well and be safe and I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes…'Make Each Day Your Masterpiece.' John Wooden . – Coach Anna-Marie Natale
“Good luck seniors in the next chapter of your lives” – Coach Dana LaVorne.
“Eat Well!” – Coach Pierpaolo Mancarella.
“As you take the next step in your journey, build on both the positives and negatives to accomplish your goals!” – Coach Christopher Romano