SOMERS, N.Y.-It was an instant replay of last season with Matt and Greg Fusco along with Numan Maloney qualifying for states for Somers’ boys track and field team.
Greg and Matt won the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters, respectively, the same events for which the senior twins qualified last season.
Greg recorded a time of 4:22.49 in his race on Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the state-qualifying meet at the Armory Track and Field Center.
“The key to qualifying (for states) is always just running a smart race and trying to stay composed and ready for whatever the other athletes throw at you,” Greg said.
Matt finished in 9:32.67 in the 3,200.
“It means a lot to qualify for states again,” said Matt, whose goal at states is to finish in the top three. “With less than two seasons left in my high school career, it’s important to make the most out of every meet.”
The senior said that his key to success at the state qualifiers was “to have a set point in the race where I would take the lead.”
“I started to run harder with around four or five laps to go,” Matt said, “and I was luckily able to hold on until the finish.”
Maloney, also a senior, qualified for states for the second time in the high jump, earning a third-place finish with a leap of 6-feet-1.
“This is very important to me and there’s no doubt that the entire winter season leads up to this meet,” Maloney said. “I trained very hard for this opportunity and I’m very excited to try my best.”
It was the first time Maloney ever had to compete with an injury. He hurt his ankle leading up to the meet and it made him change his approach. “My key to success was maintaining composure and form, as well as taking advantage of clearances at the lower heights,” he said.
The trio will be competing at states on Saturday, March 3, in Staten Island at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Athletic Complex.
“It always means a lot to make states in such a tough section like we are a part of,” Greg said. “This being my third time making it indoor I just really hope to be competitive and run the best race possible. Anything can happen in these meets and I just want to try and be ready for it.”
Maloney’s goal for the state meet is to jump at least 6-6, which would be a school record. “It’s something I’ve been trying at for quite a while,” he said.
Michael Altieri was fourth in the pole vault with a 13-0. The 4x800-meter relay was 11th in 9:32.98. Michael Somoza ran in the 55-meter dash and was 16th in the preliminaries (6.78).
For the girls, the 4x400-meter relay squad was third in a school record time of 4:05.93. Kellie Kottmann (61.65), Emma Kittredge (61.70), Ella Kittredge (62.79) and Ashley Moon (59.79, personal record, class record) made up the team.
Moon also took fourth in the 55-meter dash with a 7.41, a school record. Rohan Watt was sixth in the pole vault (8-6) and teammate Emily Heese took ninth in the same event (8-6).
Also doing well for Somers were Nieve Mahood (600 meters, eighth, 1:41.31), Amanda Burns (shot put, eighth, 31-7) and Christina Abrenica (55-meter hurdles, eighth, 1:41.31). The 4x200-meter relay team was 10th in the prelims (1:55.56).
Anjali Kapur competed at the Eastern States Championships and placed sixth in the 2-mile run in a time of 11:47.81 on Feb. 20.
The girls team also participated in the Dream Big Pentathlon Invitational on Feb. 24 at the Armory. They posted some notable results.
Taking second for the Tuskers were Ella Kittredge (1,000 meters, 3:09.23, personal and class record), Emma Kittredge (400 meters, 1:01.27) and Kottmann (600 meters, 1:40.52).
Placing fourth for Somers were Moon (300 meters, 43.38), Mercedesz Stumpf (pole vault, 8-1), Rohan Watt (pole vault, 8-1), Burns (shot put, 31-11 1/4) and Liz Spencer (weight throw, 28-4 1/4).
Burns was also fifth in the weight throw (26-2) and sixth in the 55-meter hurdles (10.71). Emma Kittredge took sixth in the high jump (4-8).