SUFFERN, N.Y.— It was a tough ticket to earn for a chance to compete in the Section 1 Class AA and A track and field championship meet Saturday, May 28 at Suffern Middle School.
And for those athletes lucky enough to qualify, not only did they get the chance to take on the best from all the large schools in Section 1, they had to do it in brutal conditions on a sweltering hot day.
That did not stop seven Mahopac athletes from taking on the challenge and making the trip to compete in the championship meet, and they all turned in some impressive performances despite the conditions according to coach Vin Collins.
“The conditions were very hot, but the kids who got there all competed and had a good day,” Collins said. “Simply to qualify for this meet is a significant accomplishment for the athletes. Very tough standards to meet, and they all competed, worked hard and did well.”
That was certainly true of Davian Robinson as the junior competed in both the triple jump and long jump events. Robinson set a new personal best with a jump of 43 feet, 8.25 inches to earn a fifth-place finish in the triple jump. He was 13th in the long jump with a leap of 19-11.
Anthony Califano also had a big day for the Indians as he competed in both the 100-meter and 200-meter sprint races. Califano ran a personal best in the 100 meters with a time of 11.62 in the preliminaries. That was good enough to earn a place in the finals where Califano finished seventh with a time of 11.87. Califano then came back in the 200-meter race to finish 29th overall with a time of 24.20.
Senior Thomas Caruso took on a tough distance field as he competed in the 1,600-meter race. Distance runners felt the heat all day long, but Caruso was able to earn a ninth-place finish with a time of 4:40.16.
“Califano has really come on strong in the 100, that was his best performance of the season,” Collins said. “Robinson keeps getting better and better and has really come on in the triple jump. He has really benefited from working with coach Adam Fetzer on the jumps and his technique is getting better. Caruso worked hard in the 1,600, he was shooting for a faster time, but that heat really takes its toll and he ran a good race.”
For the Mahopac girls, Samantha Mirchin led the way as she took on the challenge of running the 3,000-meter race in the heat and finished in eighth place with a time of 11:28.19.
Alyssa Komosinski competed in both hurdle races for the Indians. She was 16th in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:14.55, and she was 20th in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.59.
Hannah Teleigades earned a 29th-place finish for Mahopac in the long jump with a leap of 14-06.
Mahopac’s Rachel Hanrahan was busy competing in both the discus and shot put, where she earned a pair of 39th place finishes with a throw of 61-11 in the discus and a heave of 25-07 in the shot put.
“The girls did very well,” Collins said. “Sammy Mirchin had a real tough race. It was early in the day which was good, but it was tough to run a 3,000 in that heat and it was a good effort on her part.”
Mahopac will now wait to see who will meet the standards to compete in the Section 1 State qualifier meet this week on Thursday at Arlington High and Friday at White Plains. The top 16 athletes in each event from around the section will qualify to compete in the meet.