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For most track and field programs, they are “teams” in name only. Outside of relay events, it’s mostly an individual sport.
That is not the case, however, with the Lely girls track team. So committed are the Trojans to the team concept that team captains from years past — Elianna Albert, Lisa Nicolas and Liciane St. Jean — were spending their first day of spring break from college at the Trojans’ practice on Monday.
For the Trojans, past and present, it’s always team first.
That’s probably why Lely head coach Nick Young and assistant coach Gary Smith seemed so refreshed that one of their most unselfish athletes, sophomore Johann Charelus, had such a meet on Saturday at the Tarpon Invitational at Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda.
Charelus won the individual 400 meters with a time of 1:01.54. She added to her winning hardware by running a leg on the Trojans’ victorious 4x400-meter relay.
“I’m proud of myself,” said Charelus, who will compete in today’s Collier County Athletic Conference freshman and sophomore meet at Lely. “”We work hard in practice, so it’s nice to see it pay off.”
Smith likes what he sees from the humble Charelus, who aspires to be a pediatrician.
“Johann is a little role model,” Smith said. “She’s a fantastic young lady and does everything we ask her to do.”
That kind of willingness on Charelus’ part has earned the respect of Trojans captain Shantoy Williams.
“As captain, it’s great to have someone listen and do what is asked of them,” Williams said. “Johann is a really hard worker and pushes hard in practice every day.”
Lindsay Tomaini, Community School track — Won the 3,200 meters at the Tarpon Invitational at Charlotte High in Punta Gorda on Saturday.
Victoria Guerra, Naples track — Won the 100 and 200, and anchored the first-place 4x100 relay team. She also was third in the long jump.
Ann Buersmeyer, Community School lacrosse — Scored eight goals and had three assists in the Seahawks’ 17-4 win over Lely.
Michele Peterson, St. John Neumann softball — Was the winning pitcher and hit a home run in the Celtics’ 12-2 win over Oasis.