Boosters Honor Sweeney, Lukas

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Heather Sweeney

Last night at The Villa at Mountain Lakes the Verona High School Sports Boosters named Heather Sweeney and Nick Lukas the outstanding athletes of the year.

Sweeney, who competes in cross country and winter and spring track,  is the VHS record holder at 1600 and 3200 meters. She has repeatedly been an all-County honoree in her sports and qualified for Meet of Champions both last year and this year. At the Essex County Track & Field Relay Championships last month, Sweeney anchored a 4x1600m team that took first place with a time of 21.51, which was a new school record.

Nick Lukas

Lukas is also a track and cross country star. A four-year veteran of Verona’s running programs, he is the current holder of the fourth fastest time at VHS for a 5K race, which he established at the Brett Taylor Invitational last fall. His 16:16 time was also a personal best.

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The awards to Sweeney and Lukas were presented by last year’s recipients, Donna Jo DiNorcia and Colin Farawell. VHS Athletic Director Gary Farishian gave an award called the Maroon and White to seniors Caroline Mols and Tim Kiernan. Mols played lacrosse, basketball and soccer; Kiernan was on the soccer and baseball teams.

The guest speaker for the eveneing was VHS graduate Tim Lawrence , now the lead assistant basketball coach at Randolph-Macon College. He was a four-year member of the Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets and in 2010, he captained a squad that finished with 26 wins, third most in the program’s history. The record earned that squad their first ever trip to the NCAA Division III Final Four.

Photos courtesy Fred Goode. Used by permission.

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