Athlete Of the Month: Bianca Luparello

Eric Fishbin, Staff Writer

The last time a girl from winter track made the states was in 2010, when captain Meghan Byrnes competed in the championships at Cornell University.  That same season, now-senior Bianca Luparella made the team as a wide-eyed freshman.  Now, four years later,  Luparello strives to emulate Byrnes’ success and make states.  Accomplishing this feat will require the utmost dedication to each of her events.

In this winter season, Luparello and the rest of the track team participated at the highly competitive Hispanic Games on Jan.  5.  Over 6,000 athletes competed at the Armory Track in New York City.  Amidst cheering crowds, Luparello raced in the girls mile; scoring an impressive 120th place finish.

Luparello has already proved a lot in her four years competing on track.  While on cross country this fall she was awarded captain and most improved player, and she made all county.

“Bianca has the ability to make her teammates laugh and keep practices fun although they can sometimes be grueling,” said teammate Allegra Maldonado.  “Because of her upbeat and positive attitude, her teammates respect her and follow the example she sets.  She is definitely an important leader of the team because she is knowledgeable and experienced in the sport.”

Throughout her four year career on the track team Luparello has developed a strong sense of camaraderie with the other girls.  Together, the girls on the team have been working hard on their nine-minute abdominal workouts.  This grueling  ritual has become an integral part of the teams fitness.

“We feel that its important to work so we can become the best-looking sports team.  Just in case running doesn’t work out we can always be Victoria’s Secret models,” said Luparello.