Double Threat: Somers Boys, Girls Dominate

Anjali Kapur turns a corner. Credits: Deena Bell

SOMERS, N.Y.— Every year, Somers’ track and field team circles the Joe Wynne Lions Club Invitational on its schedule.

After all, the Tuskers host the meet and take pride in showing Section 1 what they are all about.

At the 41st annual meet on May 5-6, Somers displayed its dominance again as the boys and girls teams both captured the Class B team titles. Both teams were fourth in the overall standings in the largest Lions Club meet Somers has ever held, with 2,000 athletes and 48 schools attending.

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The 4x1,600-meter relay led the way for the boys with a first-place finish (18:18.84) with a team comprised of Matt Fusco, Greg Fusco, Michael Panzarino and Nico Ferro.

The 4x800-meter relay also had a big day with a second-place finish in 8:18.46 with the same team of Matt Fusco, Greg Fusco, Panzarino and Ferro.

Numan Maloney leaped to second in the high jump (5-10) and was seventh in the long jump (20-7 1/2).

Panzarino also placed third in the 400-meter hurdles in 58.41 seconds. Michael Somoza secured sixth in the 100-meter dash (11.79).

Also shining for the boys were Michael Altieri (pole vault, seventh, 11-0), Jon Rukaj (javelin, ninth, 127-3), Thomas Hannon (3,200 meters, seventh, 10:22.22), Joe Luciano (shot put, 12th, 37-7 1/2), Vincent Pagliaro (discus, seventh, 110-7) and Ricky Haigh (triple jump, 19th, 37-3 1/2).

“A lot of people work together to make this meet a success,” Somers boys coach Mike Sokolofsky said. “The Somers maintenance department, the Somers Lions Club, coaches, the Wynne Family, parents and athletes. The track meet brings the community together.”

For the girls, Katie Melly won the pole vault with a 9-6. She was also 18th in the 1,500 meters (5:23.50).

“She looked the best she has all season,” Somers girls coach John Vegliante noted.

Andrea Polvere and Michelle Rosenblum were workhorses on the day, scoring in all four events they competed in. Polvere was eighth in the 200-meter dash (27.44), eighth in the 400 meters (1:01.22) and competed in two relays which placed. Rosenblum took 10th in the 200-meter dash (28.60), 11th in the triple jump (31-5 1/4) and scored in two relays.

“They are leaders of this team and girls we rely on heavily knowing they’ll get the job done,” Vegliante said.

Also succeeding for Somers were Hannah Norowitz (400-meter hurdles, fourth, 1:09.42; long jump, seventh, 15-6), Danielle Ericson (400-meter hurdles, fifth, 1:10.42), Shayla McJunkin (100-meter dash, eighth, 13.83), Keelyn Foley (1-mile race walk, 9:38.70), Heather Coy (200 meters, seventh, 28.47), Anjali Kapur (3,000 meters, 18th, 11:39.53) and Elizabeth Spencer (discus, ninth, 79-1; javelin, fourth, 88-6).

“We performed well overall as a team,” Vegliante said. “It was a full team effort as we scored in almost every single event at the meet. The conditions weren’t great and still many girls were able to achieve personal bests.”

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