NEW YORK, N.Y. – Somers senior Emily Heese and junior Ashley Moon each placed first and qualified for states in their respective events at the Section 1 State Qualifiers on Sunday (Feb. 23) at the Armory Track and Field Center (Manhattan).
Moon won the 55-meter dash in a clocking of 7.35 seconds, just edging New Rochelle’s Arriana Crosswhite (7.36) by a fraction of a second. Heese was victorious in the pole vault with a 10-6.
“The girls had a great day at state quals,” Somers girls coach John Vegliante said. “It’s special any time an athlete makes the state meet but to have two make it and win their events was incredible. It’s a season I won’t forget.”
The duo will compete at states on March 7 at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Facility on Staten Island.
“Emily made it to the state meet in winter last year and Ashley made it in the spring,” Vegliante said. “But this is the first time both will go together. They do very different events but I think having each other there these next two weeks of practice will help them both tremendously.”
The 4x400-meter relay girls team placed third in a time of 4:11.51. Sabrina Somoza, Ella Lansky, Ashley Moon and Nieve Mahood made up the foursome. They clocked a season best time in the trials with a 4:09.80. Ella Kittredge ran on the trial team with three of the girls from the finals.
Jordan Han (8:15.18) and Avni Madhwesh (8:22.99) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 1,500-meter race walk.
Megan Spencer broke her own school record in the weight throw with a 40-6 1/2 to place fifth.
“She’s now one of the top sophomores in the state in that event,” Vegliante said. “I think she has a shot of making it to states next year.”
For the boys, Brian Luciano broke his own school record in the weight throw with a 53-6 1/2. He placed sixth.
“Brian Luciano has worked hard all season in and out of the weight room to get to this moment with a shot at doing something big and that’s exactly what happened,” Somers coach Jesse Arnett said. “His performance as a sophomore was one of the biggest performances of the season for Somers. His record is not only a class and personal record but also met the state standard for finishing third, which he had been aiming at all season. To finally reach the standard of 53-0 and surpass it throwing 53-6 1/2 is astonishing. It is rare that such a young athlete competes at such a high level. We expect big things out of him down the road and into the spring season.”
The 4x800-meter relay squad was fourth in a clocking of 8:26.70. Nicola DeMarinis, Peter MacNeil, Cole Willman and Thomas Parisi made up the team.
“This group has worked together all year to grow and excel and each of them had their best race of the season when it mattered most,” Arnett said. “I am very happy with all involved.”
Willman also placed eighth in the 600 meters (1:26.71). Matt Reimann (10:22.63) and Colin Brooks (10:43.63) were 12th and 14th, respectively, in a loaded field in the 3,200 meters.
Arnett is already excited for the spring season.
“I am eager to see more from this group of dedicated athletes as we head into spring but am also very happy that they finished the season with such gusto,” he said. “It is always exciting to see hard work pay off and the will to succeed in such high-level competition.”