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JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — On Wednesday afternoon, May 15, Sullivan West hosted the 15th annual Donna Deppa Invitational track and field meet in honor of a beloved teacher’s aide who passed away at the age of 51 after valiantly battling cancer.
A highly valued member of the local community, Deppa (May 3, 1959–January 25, 2011) was an avid fan and strong supporter of track and field who volunteered a significant amount of time to the school’s program.
Both her daughters Rebecca and Rachel competed throughout all three seasons of high school sports, and at the untimely passing of their mother, Rachel was a member of the Sullivan West girls’ thinclads.
The annual event was previously known as the Sullivan County Meet of Champions, but the name was subsequently changed to honor Deppa’s memory and create a sports legacy that carries on today.
While the players have changed over the years, this year’s event featured scholar athletes from Sullivan West, Monticello, Liberty, Fallsburg, Chester and Chapel Field.
Just before the start of the steeplechase events, the Sullivan West track and field seniors were honored with the traditional presentation of flowers to their folks.
The event served as an opportunity for several local teams to fine-tune their skills before the start of the OCIAA track and field championships on Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18 at Warwick High School.