Padua Academy


Pandas Complete Dominating Year on the Track


In the culmination of a season regularly marked by dominant performances, Head Coach Marnie Guinta’s indomitable track and field stars earned Padua its fourth straight state championship on May 16 at the championship meet at Dover High School, where the Pandas also broke their own state record for most points scored, racking up 199 points – seven more than the 2014 Padua team and more than double the points of the second place team. The win also completed Padua’s second consecutive “triple crown,” the extremely rare instance of a school’s three running programs (cross country, indoor track, spring track and field) each winning their respective championships in the same year.

Earlier, the team also claimed the 2015 Catholic Conference title and won its fourth consecutive New Castle County championship title.

At the state championship, Lydia Olivere ’18 won the 1600 meters and 3200 meters before finishing third in the 800 meters. Taliah Cintron ’17 won the 300 meter hurdles, and Christina Allen ’16, Theresa Highberger ’15, Maddie Olivere ’17, Emily Paolucci ’15, and Erin Spadaccini ’15 contributed to the record number of points with high finishes. Despite an injury, season-long sensation Maiya Dendy won the 400 meter sprint and anchored the team’s winning 4×100 relay run.

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