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Mamaroneck Board of Ed Honors Track Team's Best

Fresh off of winning the New York State Championship in the 800 Meter Run, Anima Banks and four of her track teammates were honored at Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting at Mamaroneck High School.

Head coach of Mamaroneck track Bob Morrissey presented the awards recognizing their accomplishments in the tiered classroom, which was filled to capacity on the high school's last day of classes.

"They're all amazing athletes," Morrissey said. Three of the five student-athletes honored were seniors, each of whom will head off to college in the fall. Gina Talt will attend Princeton University, Julia Bellas will attend Trinity College and Tommy Vandenburg will attend Carnegie Mellon University.

Banks, a junior, is being recruited by all the major schools, including Harvard, Morrissey said. She won her first state title this past winter in the 1000 meter. This Saturday, she hopes to improve on her fourth-place finish in last year's New Balance Nationals. "Mentally, I'm not as nervous for the nationals," Banks said. "I'm not looking for a placing as much as a specific time; I'd like to improve my time a little bit."

The Board of Education met prior to the 7:30 p.m. start time at 6:15 p.m. to include items from the previous meeting on Tuesday's agenda, which also included acceptance of donations for the Small Treasures Fund in honor of Jay Dean Alexander, the presentation of the MHS fine and performing arts awards and tributes to retirees.

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