North Salem Goes the Distance at County Championships

Ben Leicht and Mike Selzer head for the finish line on their way to seventh and eighth place finishes in the 1,600 meters. Credits: Vic McGee

NEW YORK, N.Y.— North Salem is one of the smallest schools in terms of enrollment in the county, but that didn’t stop the Tigers from competing against the best of them at the Westchester County Championships at the Armory track in New York City.

It was a full house as all the indoor track and field teams from Westchester County competed in the county championships on Jan. 27.

Despite going up against large schools like Mount Vernon and New Rochelle, North Salem was able to turn in some impressive performances, especially in the distance events where the Tigers earned a number of top 10 finishes.

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The highlight of the night for North Salem came in the 4x800 relay as the Tigers came in fourth with a time of 8:29.63. Teaming up for the Tigers were Ben Leicht, Nick Kowgios, Mike Selzer and Evgeniy Batuyev as the quartet sped their way to an impressive race.

In terms of individual events, the Tigers were right with the leaders in the 1,600 meters as Leicht finished seventh with a time of 4:35.91, with teammate Selzer right behind in eighth-place with a time of 4:37.98.

The Tigers also had two runners in the top 20 in the 1,000-meter run as Batuyev finished 10th with a time of 2:47.68, while teammate Sean Vincent was 17th overall.

Nick Kowgios was 19th in the 600-meter race as he crossed the finish line with a time of 1:31.61.

Mark Ribaudo had a busy night for the Tigers as he finished 32nd in the 300-meter sprint and he also competed in the 55-meter dash and the long jump.

North Salem also had a number of girls make the trip to New York to compete at the Armory as the team continues to grow.

Leading the way for the girls was Stella Ard as she finished 11th in the girls 1,500-meter race with a time of 5:17.12. That was a big event for the North Salem girls as it had three girls in the top 25 as Juliette Intrieri was 17th with a time of 5:22.14 and teammate Lamorna Coyle was 21st.

In the 1,000 meters, Ava Jolley finished 37th, while in the 600-meter race Violet Coyle was 38th overall.

The Tigers will now get ready to compete in the Section 1 championships and the state qualifier meets in the coming weeks to finish up the indoor track season.

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