A Major Champion for HS Track


High school senior Victoria Major won the Suffolk County Section XI championship for high jump on Feb. 10, and was honored as an All-League and All-County athlete at the Winter Track & Field All-County Dinner on March 2 at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. She also finished ninth in the county in the 300-meter dash and in the top 50 in the 55-meter dash.

Following the county tournament, Major advanced to the Long Island Elite Meet on Feb. 27, held at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington Station, where she competed against the top high jumpers from and Suffolk County. Her season-best jump of 5 feet, 5 inches beat out the No. 1 seed and earned her the Long Island title. 

Most recently, she competed in the New York State Track and Field Championship Meet at Cornell University in Ithaca on March 5, where she battled the state’s best jumpers to finish in fourth place overall.

Major, the current captain, has been on Deer Park’s girls track team since she was a freshman, and has succeeded in spite of untimely injuries.

“We knew Vicky was a special athlete when she came to us three years ago,” said her coach, James Petti. “She won the freshman championship in the 100-meter dash and the high jump in 2013. Unfortunately, Vicky was plagued by injuries to her ankles and knees over the years, and it hampered her ability to be the best she could be. As a coach, each year I would see Vicky struggle with her rehabbing injuries, yet she always persevered and was always our top performer by season’s end.  This season, Vicky joined us for the first time in winter track and has been injury free. After waiting for so long, we now see what she is capable of, and she’s just getting started. Vicky not only has grown as an athlete, but as a person. She always carries herself with confidence, but she is humble. She has a tremendous respect for the sport and knows what it takes to be the best.”

Major has not yet decided on a major or chosen a college, but has been offered an academic scholarship to Iona College, and is also speaking with Adelphi University, Hofstra University, Pace University and St. John’s University.

“We will most definitely miss Vicky after this year,” said Petti. “She’s a great kid and is irreplaceable. She changed the face of this track program and became our ambassador to the sport. She deserves this long-awaited recognition.”