VERONA, NJ – Pole vaulting isn’t necessarily a sport that people know that much about, but for Liliana Benanchietti it is her passion. She has dedicated herself to improving and perfecting her jumps and has provided motivation and guidance to her teammates along the way. This past weekend she placed second at the State Sectional Track and Field Championships to earn herself a trip to the group championships on Feb. 15. Benanchietti is the TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove Hillbilly Athlete of the Week.
“Lily has been a very dedicated and determined athlete for both our winter and spring track teams during the past four years. She has worked extremely hard to become one of our county’s most recognized pole vaulters,” said Head Coach Gene Leporati. “This is truly our most technical event and requires perseverance, strength, and great kinetic awareness to be successful. Lily’s assistance, encouragement and enthusiasm has been extremely valuable to the progress of our other pole vaulters.”