SUFFERN, N.Y.— Mike Sokolofsky wanted more out of his team but Somers’ boys track and field coach understands that the Tuskers are forced to compete against schools that are nearly three times their size in terms of enrollment.
Somers ended up tied for sixth place at the Class A sectional meet on May 26 at Suffern Middle School.
“We certainly could have performed better,” Sokolofsky said. “When you’re going up against schools with the size and depth of North Rockland, it makes for a tough day. It’s tough for a team like ours to face all the larger schools in championship meets. We have been stuck behind Iona Prep in the county championships and all the large schools in the sectionals for the last four years. I was expecting more for sure, but sometimes it’s just not your day.”
The usual suspects—seniors Matt and Greg Fusco—paced the boys again as their storied high-school careers are nearing its conclusion.
Matt was first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a clocking of 9:46.96.
Twin brother Greg took top honors in the 3,200 meters with a 9:42.72.
In the 800 meters, Matt was fifth (2:00.43) with Greg in ninth (2:04.01).
Michael Altieri had a strong day in the pole vault, netting second with a 13-0.
Numan Maloney placed fourth in both the high jump (6-0) and long jump (21-7 1/4, personal record). Mike Somoza took seventh in the long jump with a personal record of 20-8 1/4 and ran an 11.42 in the 100-meter trials.
The 4x800-meter relay team paced the girls with a fourth-place finish in 10:11.22. The quintet included Anjali Kapur, Elisabeth Van Tassell, Lucy Cliff and Caitlyn Van Tassell.
“Both seniors Anjali and Elisabeth have worked so hard over the years for us and ran great legs for the team Saturday,” Somers girls coach John Vegliante said. “I was happy they were able to end their last sectional meet on a high note.”
Somers’ pole-vaulting team thrived with Alexa Burns taking fifth with a 9-0. Elisabeth Van Tassell (sixth) and Emily Heese (seventh) also cleared 9-0.
“I thought it was a solid day for us overall and was happy with how our girls performed,” Vegliante said. “We were able to score points in pole vault which has been a strong event for us for several years now and will continue to be moving forward.”
Kellie Kottmann had a strong day, taking sixth in the long jump (16-2) and eighth in the triple jump (35-0 1/4), with a personal record by over a foot.
Also performing well for the girls were Clare Keane (high jump, eighth, 4-8) and Nieve Mahood (1,500 meters, seventh, 5:04.57).