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Athlete Of The Week: Melissa Purcell

Nicole Arden and Kaitlyn Conti, Sportswriter

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Name: Melissa Purcell

Sport: Pole Vault for the Track and Field Team

Grade: Junior

The Lowdown: On Saturday May 27, Purcell vaulted 11’6 to win the North 1 Group 3 Sectional title. Purcell just recently competed at the Group 3 Championships, where she won the Group 3 title with a height of 12 feet. She advanced to the State Meet of Champions this past weekend.

Results from the State Meet of Champions: Purcell went above and beyond in the State Meet of Champions Saturday. She clear 12’6 along with Rubinetti, Ippolito, and Leah Saifi from Governor Livingston who cleared it on her first attempt. Saifi took on the Bergen County stars and finished first. Rubinetti and Ippolito cleared 12’6 on their second attempt and on Purcell’s final attempt she cleared it as well. Purcell tied the Bergen County record with Rubinetti and Ippolito and has a new personal best of 12’6. Purcell was incredibly happy with the results and said, “Clearing 12’6 was indescribable. After having a year filled with injury after injury it felt amazing to finally see my hard work pay off.”

What she Likes Most About His/Her Sport: “It’s fun. It’s different and unique, not many people do it. ”

Best Sport Memory: “All the practices with the team because we are all so close.”

Favorite Actor/Actress: Leonardo DiCaprio

Favorite Movie: Hairspray

Favorite Music Artists: Beyonce and Bob Marley

Favorite Teacher: Kosch

Favorite Subject: Science

Favorite Food: Seafood

Favorite Month: July

Favorite Season: Spring

Four People she’d Like To Meet: Harry Styles, Bob Marley, Tom Hanks, and Simone Biles

Favorite Clothing/Shoe Line: American Eagle

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate

One Superpower: To fly

Any Role Models: Aly Raisman (Olympic gymnast)

Favorite TV Show: The Office

Future Plans: “I’d like to compete in college and probably go into the sports medicine field.”

One Place He/She Has Always Wanted To Go: Hawaii

What’s The Last Thing He/She Watched On Netflix: Jane The Virgin

 

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