NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Mahopac boys and girls track and field teams competed at the League 1A Championships against Arlington, Carmel, John Jay (East Fishkill) and Roy C. Ketcham, on Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Armory in New York City.
Though both Indians teams finished in fifth place, coach Kelley Posch is encouraged by her runners’ growth and improvement over last year, noting that a “plethora of personal records” were set at the league meet.
On the girls’ side, Mahopac’s points came from Dhiannie Brito and Maddie McCrosson, who placed second and third, respectively, in the shot put; Andréa Jenkins placed fourth in the 300 meter; and their 4x400 (Sophia Doupis, Avery Przymylski, Danielle Dacey, Ilia Arcery) and 4x800 (Kiarra Condon, Tatiana Moran, Annie Caraher, Emily Pontillo) relays placed fourth.
Scoring for Mahopac on the boys’ side were: Chris Evangelista, fifth in the 55 meter; Max Semegran, fifth in the 1,000 meter; Matt Luongo, third in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump; a second-place finish for the 4x200 relay (Chris Evangelista, Matt Luongo, Nick Ahern, Max Semegran); and a third-place finish for the 4x400 relay (John Kelly, Frank Cammarata, David Kaprielian, Connor Atton).
“Both teams saw a wealth of personal records and county meet qualifying marks last night,” Posch said. “We are incredibly happy with the growth that we saw this season on both sides.
“Even more so,” she continued, “we are starting to see a real change in the culture of this team. It is a tribute to the athletes who have chosen to do the hard work, to persevere through the long season, to never give up and to trust the training. In this season alone, we saw the boys’ team score nine times as many points as they did last year, and the girls’ team scored over five times as many points as last year.
Runners who qualified will compete at Northern Counties Championship on Sunday, Jan. 26, also at the Armory.
“We are bringing a much larger group than last year, which is another sign of our growth,” Posch said. “At this meet, we hope to see more athletes qualify for the Class A Championship meet.”
At the county meet, Posch also hopes Jenkins will lower her 300 meter time (43:76) and set a new school record.
“She was less than two-tenths of a second from beating the record at the league meet,” Posch said.
She also spotlighted Luongo, who is “inching toward” setting school records in the long jump and trimple jump. Luongo is also part of the 4x200 relay team that continues to imrpove.
Overall this season, Posch is excited to see her roster grow to almost 90 athletes.
“We are thrilled at these numbers,” Posch said. “We continue to see our rosters made up of mostly freshmen and sophomores, so we are a young team with quality upperclassmen leading the way and setting the standard for the culture of these teams moving forward.
“The future is bright,” she added.