MOUNT VERNON, N.Y.— The Somers boys varsity track and field team battled with the big boys at the Westchester County Championships last weekend at Mount Vernon High.
It was a tall task as Somers squared off against all the larger Class AA schools and Catholic School League teams in the county, and the Tuskers were up to the challenge. At the end of the two-day meet, the Somers boys finished third with 58.5 points, trailing only New Rochelle in first with 79 and Iona Prep in second with 70.
“I’m really proud of the team, I thought we had an outside chance to win, but we knew it would be tough against all these teams,” Somers coach Mike Sokolofsky said. “To compete with these schools and take third, the whole team did well, they all came through and did what they could.”
Leading the way was Jason Holland as the senior competed in three jumping events and piled up the points for Somers. Holland was first in the long jump with a winning leap of 21 feet, seven inches. He was second in the high jump after clearing six feet, and he was second in the triple jump with a best of 44-01 1/2.
Senior captain Alex Worsley also had a big day competing in four events. Worsley finished second in the 400 meters with a personal best time of 50.23. He was fourth in the 800 with a time of 2:00.63, and then he helped two Tusker relay teams place in the top 10. He was part of the 4x800 relay that finished sixth, and then just eight minutes later he was back on the track to help the 4x400 relay take fourth.
Michael Panzarino was busy both days competing in the pentathlon. He compiled a total of 2,990 points in the five events to finish second.
The Fusco twins did their part as both Matt and Greg shined in the distance races. Matt Fusco was second in the steeplechase with a time of 9:49.5. Greg Fusco was fifth in the 1,600 and sixth in the 3,200-meter races.
“Holland had a great day, he was close to first in all three events,” Sokolofsky said. “Alex Worsley had a real gutsy performance. He’s the heart and soul of the team with his work ethic as a captain leading by example — just an awesome kid. Panzarino was upset because he really wanted to break 3,000, but he had a nice meet.”
Vincent Pagliaro turned in a sixth-place finish in the javelin with a toss of 137-05. Pagliaro just took up the event this spring and he led the way for a trio of Tuskers to finish in the top 15 as Bruno Mendes was 14th and Liam Petri 15th.
Michael Emanuele was eighth in the pole vault as he cleared a personal best at 11-06.
Numan Maloney placed in two events as he was seventh in the long jump and 10th in the high jump. Other top 15 finishers for the Tuskers were Alex Harwood in 12th in the 400, Mike Altieri was 12th in the pole vault, Chris Hannon was 12th in the steeplechase and Peter Ferretti was 15th in the shot put.
The Somers boys placed in all three relay events as the Tuskers were sixth in the 4x800, sixth in the 4x100 and seventh in the 4x400 races.
The Somers girls team also enjoyed a big day at the County meet with several personal best performances.
“I was very happy with how the girls did overall. Westchester County is filled with talent and has some powerhouse teams,” Somers girls coach John Vegliante said. “Running against such tough competition provides us a great opportunity to run faster. We had season best performances in just about every race we ran at the meet.”
Katie Melly led the way as she cleared nine feet to finish third in the pole vault. Teammate Elisabeth VanTassell was sixth in the pole vault.
Michelle Rosenblum had a busy day as she placed in two events as she was 11th in the triple jump and 11th in the 100-meter dash. She also ran personal best times in the 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay as the Tuskers placed in both races.
The Tuskers shined in the 400-meter hurdles as Hannah Norowitz was seventh and Danielle Ericson was right behind in eighth place.
Elizabeth Spencer was ninth in the javelin with a throw of 77-02.
Andrea Polvere was 10th in the 200-meter race with a personal best time of 27.28, and 12th in the 400-meter race. She also ran in the 4x100 and anchored the 4x400 relay with another P.R. to lead the Tuskers to fifth in that race.
Anjali Kapur was 14th in the 3,000 meter run for the Tuskers.
The Tuskers decided to keep some runners fresh and concentrate on the relays and it paid off as Somers placed fifth in the 4x400 with Rosenblum, Polvere, Maya Watt and Alix Goldman teaming up to run a 4:13.98. The Tuskers were sixth in the 4x100 with Rosenblum, Polvere, Shayla McJunkin and Jane Kaufman teaming up, and the team of Norowitz, Ericson, VanTassell and Melly was seventh in the 4x800.
Somers will compete in the Section 1 Class A championships Saturday, May 28, in Suffern.