Athlete of the Month: Joelle Feinberg

Josh White, Photo Editor

Running takes strength, courage, and determination.  Senior Joelle Feinberg

 

expresses all of these attributes.  Feinberg started Track and Field in seventh grade on the

 

advice of one of her friends.  She enjoyed it and has stuck with it ever since.

 

Feinberg started running cross-country last year, choosing it over soccer.  She made this

 

decision because she wanted to build up a base for track to break a five minute mile and

 

try to go to the Millrose games in the High School mile competition.  She aspires to reach

 

her goal by this weekend.

 

Even though she hasn’t reached the Millrose games yet, Feinberg has still

 

competed in numerous national races, including the Penn Relays for three years in a row,

 

the New Balance Indoor Nationals, and the New Balance Outdoor Nationals.

 

Feinberg’s fastest mile time is 5:01, her fastest 800 meter run is 2:15, and her

 

fastest 1000 meter run is 2:57.  She holds seven school records and hopes to break some

 

more this year to add to her total.

 

“Joelle has a very strong work ethic and looks to improve her skills by spending

 

time researching running,” said sophomore teammate Emma Feldman.

 

Joelle has been truly inspired by former teammate Ashley Pollack and junior cross-country runner Jenny Aguiar.

 

“Pollack would always set the pace for me and even rabbit for me in practice” said Feinberg.

 

A “rabbit” is a runner who leads along distance race for the first section to ensure a

 

fast time and avoid excessive tactical racing.

 

Feinberg hopes to continue the season the same way she started, finishing first at

 

Bethpage State Park on September 16th.  She aspires to win the County Championships.

 

For many school athletes, high school is the end of a journey, but for Feinberg, it

 

is just the beginning.  She is looking forward to continuing her career next year in college

 

and possibly running professionally.  Port Washington may see

 

this star running for many years to come.Joelle Feinberg AOM