St. Benedict at Auburndale High School has certainly had its fair share of great athletes. The Soaring Eagles Track Club continues that tradition with members who are or have been a part of SBA athletics. The club, which is coached by SBA Head Track Coach Dianna Cervetti, competed recently in the Junior Olympics Track and Field Meet at Brentwood High School (Nashville).
Though there are a number of events involved in the Junior Olympics program, athletes have the opportunity to progress all the way to the National Championships in Sacramento, CA.
All six Soaring Eagles competed at either the intermediate (ages 14-15) or young men/women (ages 16-18) levels and every one of them earned top three by medals along with a spot in the Regional Level July 10-11 in Monroe, LA.
Those advancing from the intermediate level were Aaron Caprio, a sophomore who earned second place in pole vault, Alexa Armstrong, another sophomore who took second place in both the 800M and 1500M as well as fourth in the triple jump and another sophomore in Colin Pitawanakwat, who grabbed third place in the 3000M. The young men/women level saw senior Michael Caprio nab first place in pole vault, Brad Pitawanakwat, a University of Alabama at Lakeland freshman, bring home first place in both the 1500M and 5000M, and senior Luke James earn third place in the 800M.
With great talent, dedication and coaching, there’s no doubt these Eagles will continue to soar both during and after their SBA years.
By Jan Michael Hartelust.