Celestine Coney was a very accomplished athlete in high school and college. She played two years varsity basketball, two years indoor track, four years varsity volleyball and five years outdoor track.
Celestine was an excellent volleyball player. She made 1st team All-Stars as a sophomore. She was a 1st Team All Star and made the Section V All-Tournament Team as a junior. Her senior year she lead the team to a 14-2 record and again made the 1st Team All-Stars.
Celestine’s accomplishments in track, both indoor and outdoor, are truly amazing. In indoor track there were no divisions. All 48 schools in Section V competed together regardless of size. Celestine was All-League and Sectional Champion in the 55 meter hurdles, the 30 meter dash and the triple jump. She went to states for the 55 meter hurdles and the triple jump. In 2002, Celestine leaed the team to 2nd place in the Class C Championship and she was State Champion in the 55 hurdles and the triple jump.
Celestine started outdoor track as an 8th grader and was an all-star in the 100 hurdles. In 1999, she set a school record for 100 and 400 hurdles and came in 3rd in states for 100 hurdles. In 2000, Celestine was the Sectional Champion for the 100 and 400 high hurdles, and the 400 meter dash. She was State Champion in the 100 and 400 high hurdles and 3rd in the 400 meter dash. In her senior year, Celestine was again a triple sectional champion and she went to States for the 100 high hurdles, 400 IH, triple jump, and the 4X400 relay team. She placed first in the state for the 400 IH. She set the school and Wayne County records for the 100 and 400 hurdles and the 1600 relay. All four years Celestine was on the outdoor track team, the team was Wayne County Champions with an overall 28-0 record. The team was sectional champions in 2000 and 2002 and came in second in 1999 and 2001.
Celestine continued her track career at Buffalo State. She was ECAC Champion in the pentathlon with 3195 points. She was SUNYAC Champion in the long jump setting a school record of 5.5 meters. She also set a school record of 1.6 meters for high jump.
In 2003, Celestine transferred to the University of Buffalo where she was named Rookie of the Year. While there she set records in the 500 meter, 400 meter hurdles 400 meter dash, 4x4 meter relay and the sprint medley.
Celestine graduated from the University of Buffalo with a Bachelor’s degree in Community Mental Health and she earned a MBA from Ashford University. Celestine lives in Lyons with her daughter, Sariah Tindal and has recently been promoted to supervisor at Hillside Family of Agencies.