CROSS RIVER, N.Y.— Somers’ varsity track and field teams have a storied history and winning league titles is like second nature at this point.
The trend continued as the girls team won its staggering 17th-straight league title while the boys took home their second-straight crown in the League 2B championships, which took place April 19-20 at John Jay-Cross River and Lakeland High Schools.
For the girls, Somers netted 114 points to blow away John Jay-Cross River, which had just 85.5 points.
“The league championship meet means a lot to our girls,” Somers girls coach John Vegliante said. “It’s the meet where we are looking to come together and perform our best. We relied on our team depth to win this meet, getting contributions up and down the roster and scoring in almost every event. We take pride in making sure we work to cover every event. We had a huge two days from our jumpers and throwers. It’s nice to see all their hard work paying off.”
Leading the girls was Katie Melly, who placed first in the pole vault (8-6) by a foot and was first in the javelin (81-10) as well. She was also second in the high jump with a 4-3.
Three Tuskers netted a pair of second-place finishes in Kayla Natalo (shot put, 27-10; discus, 72-4), Hannah Norowitz (long jump, 15-3 1/2; 400-meter hurdles, 1:09.78) and Ashli Ginquitti (pentathlon, 1,641 points; high jump, 4-2 3/4). Also taking second were Michelle Rosenblum (triple jump, 32-4), Rohan Watt (pole vault, 7-6), Elisabeth Van Tassell (pole vault, 7-6), Elizabeth Spencer (javelin, 79-9) and Andrea Polvere (100-meter dash, 13.57). Polvere was also third in the 200-meter dash in 27.50 seconds.
The 4x100-meter relay team placed second, clocking a time of 53.28 with a team comprised of Rosenblum, Danielle Ericson, Shayla McJunkin and Jane Kaufman. The 4x400-meter relay of Polvere, Van Tassell, Alix Goldman and Kellie Kottmann was third in the 4x400-meter relay.
Placing third were Norowitz (100-meter hurdles, 18.30), Ericson (400-meter hurdles, 1:10.29), Alexa Burns (pentathlon, 1,589 points), Christina Luciano (shot put, 26-6 1/4), Amanda Burns (javelin, 70-6), Spencer (third, 68-8) and Kottmann (triple jump, 32-0 1/2).
“There is a great tradition of track here at Somers and it’s amazing to be able to keep that going,” Vegliante said. “The girls all worked so hard to continue that tradition.”
Matt Fusco netted two first-place finishes for the boys in the 3,200 meters (9:55) and the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:51.30).
Also taking first were Numan Maloney (high jump, 6-0) and Joe Luciano (shot put, 37-7 1/2).
The team of Matt Fusco, Greg Fusco, Nico Ferro and Nico Papalia placed first in the 4x800-meter relay in 8:36.67. Ferro posted a 2:07.1 split.
Securing second-place spots were Jon Rukaj (javelin, 128-3), Vincent Pagliaro (discus, 116-0), Griffin Carpiniello (pole vault, 9-6), Mike Panzarino (110-meter hurdles, 15.74; 800 meters, 2:02.61), Greg Fusco (3,200 meters, 9:55.11), Mike Matute (1,500 meters, 4:59.23) and Jake Graham (100-meter dash, 11.91).
The 4x100-meter relay of Maloney, Hunter Goldman, Mike Somoza and Graham was third in 45.95.
Tuskers who tallied third place were Somoza (100-meter dash, 11.93), Greg Fusco (800 meters, 2:02.75), Ricky Haigh (high jump, 5-6; triple jump, 39-11 1/2), Luciano (javelin, 122-11) and Matute (pentathlon, 1,735 points).
“It was a close battle with Lakeland/Panas which is a strong program with great sprinting and jumping,” boys coach Mike Sokolofsky said. “It was a great team win for us as everyone contributed: throwing, jumping, sprinting and of course our strong distance program. The team really put together some great performances and pulled out a great team title. I am so proud of this group and their sacrifices for the win.”