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Somers Boys and Girls Claim League Titles

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Jason Holland won the long jump and triple jump and scored 30 points in the league championships. Credits: Nancy Hannon
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NEW YORK, N.Y.— It was quite a week for Somers track and field as the girls won their 16th straight league title and the boys team, which has not won a league title in three years, saw that drought come to an end.

The Somers boys had a big first day, scoring 100 points over John Jay’s 47 and finished overall with 176 team points. Somers needed to have a big first day to have any chance over two-time defending champ Brewster.

 The meet started off with the Fusco brothers scoring in the 1,600 meter run. Greg Fusco ran second overall with a time of 4:29 and his brother Matt, who ran a huge PR, took fourth in 4:35.

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 Up next was the boys 400 meters and defending champion Alex Worsley was ready to make it a three-peat. Worsley ran 50.52 to win the open 400 and become a three-time league champion in that event. Michael Panzarino won the 110-meter hurdles with a blazing time of 16.39.

The 4x800-meter relay of Matt Fusco, Thomas Hannon, Michael Gordon and Greg Fusco ran a team time of 8:48 to place fourth.

 In the open 100 the Tuskers had three boys qualify for the finals: Worsley, Bruno Mendes and Jason Holland. All three Tuskers went two through four scoring 18 points for Somers in that event.

 Jason Holland had one of the best two days a track athlete could have. He won the long jump with a leap of 21-05. He also scored in the 100 meters, placing fourth. He scored in the high jump with a leap of 5-04 and also won the triple jump where he set the Somers school record, jumping 44-06. Holland by himself scored 30 points for the Tuskers.

Numan Maloney won the high jump with a leap of 5-08. Michael Emanuele won the pole vault with a leap of 10-06. Also Michael Altieri placed third (9-06).

Day two opened up with the 3,200 meters, and once again the Fusco brothers were at it again. Greg placed second overall with a huge PR of 9:35 and his brother Matt placed third and tied his PR of 9:45. Between the two brothers they scored a combined 40 points.

After the 3,200 Greg had to run the open 800 for the first time. Greg ran a huge race and placed fifth overall in a stacked race, clocking in at 2:02.17.

 The story of the day came from the 200 meters. Worsley made the finals and at the last second Somers decided to put Will Walsh into the 200. Walsh normally runs the 400 but he didn’t have a race on day two. Will ran a huge PR of 23 seconds for the 200 meters and made the finals. Both Walsh and Worsley placed fifth and sixth, respectively.

The shot put team had to step up and score points and that they did.  Liam Petri placed third with a throw of 37-11. Erik Hagenah placed fourth with a throw of 37-06 and James Lucadamo placed fifth with a PR throw of 37-01. In order to win this meet Somers had to score a lot of points in the pentathlon. Somers went second, third and sixth in this event.

 Ricky Haigh placed second and scored 1,574 points, Nico Ferro was third and scored 1,537 points and Mike Matute placed sixth (1,258 points).

 At the end of the meet it came down to the last two events, the 4x100 and 4x400. Somers needed to be top three in both relays to put away the meet. In the 4x100 Somers placed first with a time of 46.99 and in the 4x400 placed third with a season best time of 3:36.0. The 4x100 champions where Maloney, Jake Graham, Hunter Goldman and Mendes. 

For the girls, the team cleaned house in the pole vault, with five of the six top finishers. Katie Melly won the event with a leap of 9-07 with Maya Watt placing second (8-0).

Melly also tied for third in the high jump (4-04) with Watt and came in sixth in the 800 meters (2:33.41). Alix Goldman took sixth in the high jump.

Andrea Polvere placed second in the 100 meters (13.61), third in the 200 meters (27.43) and third in the 400 meters (1:02.91).

Michelle Rosenblum took third in the 100 meters in 13.63, second in the triple jump (31-05 1/4) and fifth in the 200 meters (27.83).

Rosenblum also ran on the 4x100 meter relay that placed first as she combined with Jane Kaufman, Shayla McJunkin and Danielle Ericson in a time of 53.86 seconds.

Liz Spencer scored in all three throwing events as she was sixth in the discus (60-03), fourth in the javelin (65-11) and sixth in the shot put (23-07 1/2). Colleen Spencer took third in the javelin (67-0). Kayla Natalo placed second in the shot put (28-06) with a huge personal best by over two-feet. Karina Sitaras took third in the discus (68-07) and fifth in the shot put (24-02 1/2).

Hannah Norowitz was fifth in the long jump (14-0 3/4), took fifth in the triple jump (30-04 1/2) and sixth in the 100 hurdles (18.10).

Ericson was second in 400 meter hurdles (1:08.99) with a huge personal best by almost four seconds.

Kaufman took fourth in the 100 meter hurdles in 17.76.

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