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Fusco Bros, Maloney Spark Tuskers at County Meet

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Tusker Numan Maloney won the high jump with a 6-2. Credits: Vic McGee
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HARRISON, N.Y.—  It was another standout performance for Matt and Greg Fusco, along with Numan Maloney for Somers’ boys track and field team at the Westchester County Championships on Sunday, May 20, at Harrison High School.

Matt was a double winner, taking first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:42.24) and 3,200 meters (9:42.14).

“It was great to win the steeple and 3,200,” Matt said. “Counties is always a fun and competitive meet to run at both for individual and team finishes. The key to success for me was focusing on splits and listening to the coaches during the race.”

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Greg was victorious in the 1,600 meters, clocking a time of 4:16.27 for the boys, who placed fifth as a team with 42.50 points.

Numan Maloney had a big day in the high jump with a 6-2, beating out the next closest competitor by six-inches.

After injuring his ankle at the end of the winter season, Maloney was pleased that he was able to start clearing higher heights during the spring campaign.

“I was struggling with my confidence coming back from recovery but finally winning again at a larger meet really boosted my spirit and has me excited for the important meets to come,” said Maloney, who was also seventh in the long jump. “I would say that the key for me was getting a feel for my speed and energy and not holding back at all once I hit 6-0 and 6-2. Also having the coaches nearby to help me out after each attempt helped me stay comfortable.”

Patrick Eames (1,500 meters, 4:51.97), Ryan Wainer (javelin, 147-11) and Michael Altieri (pole vault, 12-6) each netted a third-place finish.

James McHugh was seventh in the hammer throw. Eames also took ninth in the pentathlon and 10th in the shot put. Michael Somoza clocked an 11.66 in the 100-meter dash preliminaries.

Alexa Burns led the girls by placing second in the pole vault (9-9). Elisabeth Van Tassell was third (9-3) with Mercedesz Stumpf placing fifth and Ashli Ginquitti taking sixth as the Tuskers dominated the event.

Clare Keane was fourth in the high jump with a 4-8.

Van Tassell was also fifth in the pentathlon with 1,950 points. Liz Spencer took sixth in the javelin (89-3), ninth in the discus, 12th in the shot put and 14th in the hammer.

Kellie Kottmann took seventh in the long jump (15-9) and ninth in the triple jump. Nieve Mahood was seventh in the 800 meters (2:27.31). Maeve Janecka was ninth in the steeple chase. Jordan Han took 11th in the race walk.

The girls took eighth as a squad with 23.33 points.

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