After a highly successful 2022 season, the GSB Track & Field Program is motivated to shock some teams this year.
“This is a young team, but despite the youth we have plenty of experience,” said Head Coach Steve Leo, who enters his 6th season leading the Knights.
That level of experience is highlighted by four standout athletes, Senior Captains Aniyah Boston and Drew Vollrath, Jump Captain Samantha Leo ‘24, and Throws Captain Sanjay De Silva ‘25. Boston enters her senior season as 3rd in school history in the 100M Sprint, earning Skyland Honorable Mention last year. Vollrath, who also earned Skyland Conference Honorable Mention, will provide important leadership for the Boy’s sprinters after a successful individual and relay season. Leo looks to build off a successful sophomore season in Long Jump and Sprints, in which she placed 3rd in the NJ Prep Championships on her way to earning 2nd Team All Skyland recognition. De Silva will be counted on to lead the Knight’s young throwers after a breakout freshman year and strong Indoor season.
The Knights once again sport a highly deep field of athletes this season that include standout sprinters Will Engelke ’23, Luke Liberti ‘24, Zach Benko ‘25, Elsa Huelsbergen '24, Cassidy Moore ‘25, and Juliana Holmes ‘25; heightened jumpers Harry Pambianchi ‘25 and Savanna Zucker ‘25; staunch throwers Catie Klein ‘25, and Caroline Simonelli ‘25; and durable distance runners Dylan Weaver ‘25, Ema Hercules ‘25, Angelina Bonaventura ‘25, Ciara DeCarlo, Addison Rodriguez ‘25, Ellie Roslund ‘25, and Ciara DeCarlo ‘26. Hercules will be one of the top distance runners in both the Non-Public and Prep B field as she comes off a stellar winter season. Boston, Leo, Moore, and Holmes return to anchor the Girls’ Relay team after breaking the school record last year in the 4X200 team event.
In addition to competing in the prestigious Penn Relays again this year, Coach Leo is excited to host four home meets this season on the team’s new state-of-the-art track. He has no doubt that the athletes are ready for the stage.
“This team is hungry,” said Coach Leo. “After not having any home meets last season, this group is excited to show what they can do. Once championship season rolls around, other programs better watch out.”