Cynthia Monteleone a world champion in Masters track event
LAHAINA – Lahainaluna High School track and field coach and Lahaina Heat Track Club leader Cynthia Monteleone represented the United States at the 2018 World Masters Athletics Championships last month at Malaga, Spain.
She was a finalist in both the Women’s age 40-44 200-meter and 400-meter competitions.
In the 200, she battled through an intestinal illness to finish in seventh place with a time of 26.8, and in the 400, Monteleone captured the bronze medal with a 58.4 clocking.
She thus finishes the 2018 season as the best in the world in the Women’s 40-44 400-meter event and sixth in the 200-meter.
As the Lahainaluna and Lahaina Heat coach, she hopes to inspire the youth of Maui to work hard to achieve their goals and always give their best effort.
“No matter what time or place you finish, if you give your best, you will always be proud. And for the Masters age group athletes, this worldwide track family are real life superheroes – smart, strong, confident and pushing the boundaries of athletic ability at every age.”
Monteleone expressed her heartfelt appreciation to the Maui community for their support.
“If not for the generous donations and encouragement of Maui residents, I would not have been able to travel to compete. I am honored to continue to represent Maui in 2019,” she concluded.