VERONA, NJ - May 4 was a rough day for all spring sport high school athletes in New Jersey, but especially for the Class of 2020. After weeks of speculation and hope, Gov. Phil Murphy officially closed schools in the state for the rest of the academic year and ended any hope of a spring sports season. The senior members of the Verona High School boys track team didn't get that final chance to compete that they prepared for, but we are happy to give them and Head Coach Laura Palmerezzi a chance to reflect on their memories from seasons past.
My favorite memory is going to Meet of Champions. I will miss winning my events at dual and championship meets.
Coach: I will miss Isaac's infectious personality and natural athletic talent
My favorite memory is winning the SEC title at Newark last year. What I will miss most: the team and Diddy of course, they were like a family to me and I’m going to miss them a lot next year.
Coach: I will miss Bryan’s ability to make people laugh and smile.
My favorite memory is definitely getting my first independent gold medal at the freshman meet. It was the first time in all my years of sports where I was able to succeed because of my own skills and not depend on the skills of others. What I’ll miss most about the sport is seeing myself improve each day, putting in the constant work, being the first to show up and the last to leave practice is something that I somewhat enjoyed. Every day that I came back I could see the smallest improvements.
Coach: I will miss Griffin being a positive role model for the team, especially the throwers.
My favorite memory is breaking the 4x800 record with Jason, Mike, and Mark. I am going to miss running with my homies on long runs and workouts, and just all my teammates.
Coach: I am going to miss David’s dedication to running.
My favorite spring sport memory is from sophomore year at State Group Championships. I cleared a new personal best of 14 feet in the pole vault and set a new school record. This also secured me a spot in the Meet of Champions. I am going to miss practicing with my teammates and coaching all of the pole vaulters. I can only hope to have as much fun at practice when I get to college as I have had here in Verona.
Coach: I am going to miss the time Owen put in at practice helping to develop underclassmen in pole vaulter.
My best memory is winning the SEC championships and getting 16 points for my team in 2019. I miss being able to run alongside my teammates and for a great program.
Coach: I will miss Sean’s love for the sport of track & field.
My favorite spring sport memory is running the mile the first time my freshman year when everyone in the entire event was from Verona except one kid. I will miss the people, just talking with all my teammates before practice and during meets.
Coach: I will miss saying Zach’s name numerous times at practice each day.
What I’ll miss the most about spring track is the team and how connected I really felt with everyone on it. I always looked forward to seeing everyone.
Coach: Kiernan, always remember your teammates and the connections you made together.
I was looking forward to beating my personal high jump record. My favorite track & field memory was jumping 6’4
Coach: I am so glad you gave track & field a chance. I will miss watching you high jump and running the 200!
My favorite spring track memory was when we became SEC Colonial Division Champions at Newark City Stadium during my Junior year. What I will miss the most about spring track is spending the countless hours at meets with my teammates, running with them in the same events, and supporting them on the sidelines.
Coach: Harry, being a huge supporter of your teammates successes will be greatly missed.
My favorite memory would have to be when I won the 400 hurdle event at the SEC Championships last year, and then winning the whole meet as a team. I will miss my team and my coach the most since we were so close together, and made so many good memories during the season both at meets and at practices.
Coach: Vincent, I will miss your drive to succeed.
I only did spring track for a couple of weeks.
Coach: Thank you for coming out for spring track, even if you only had a chance to practice. I would have loved to have seen all you accomplished on the track.
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