Somers Has Strong Showing at Sectionals

Matt Fusco, left, placed first in the 3,200 meters at sectionals and his brother Greg was second in the 1,600 meters.

SOMERS, N.Y.— As one of the smaller schools in Class A, it’s not an easy task for Somers’ track and field team when the Tuskers compete at the sectional championships.

The Tuskers still battled and had a number of strong showings, with many athletes advancing to the state qualifier meet.

Michael Panzarino continued his dominance in the pentathlon, placing first with 3,075 points for the boys team. In the five events, he was first in the 1,500 meters (4:19.22), first in the 110-meter hurdles (15.94), first in the high jump (5-5 3/4), second in the long jump (18-8 1/2) and second in the shot put (32-3).

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Matt Fusco won the 3,200 meters in a clocking of 9:30.6. His brother Greg was second in the 1,600 meters in 4:24.55.

The 4x800-meter relay team placed fourth in a time of 8:21.10 with a team comprised of Greg Fusco, Matt Fusco, Nico Ferro and Michael Altieri.

Numan Maloney was fifth in the high jump with a 5-8. He was also 10th in the long jump (20-1 3/4).

Also placing well for Somers were Altieri (pole vault, sixth, 11-0), Thomas Hannon (steeplechase, seventh, 10:23.53) and Michael Somoza (100-meter dash, 10th, 11.81) for the boys, who placed seventh as a team.

“It is tough on distance runners in a one-day meet, it makes it difficult to do multiple events,” Somers boys coach Mike Sokolofsky said. “Not having depth like some of the larger schools ends up hurting in a meet like this. Many of our top athletes are getting ready for the state qualifier this week. The boys team has been put through a lot of strain this season. May has been a very busy month and it is difficult to perform at a high level week after week. Certain meets have to take a hit and for us this year it was the sectional championships. I am proud of how we performed against all bigger schools, being one of the smallest in the championship meet.”

The pole vaulters led the girls as Katie Melly was sixth with an 8-6. Alix Goldman was right behind her in seventh (8-0). Elisabeth Van Tassell and Maya Watt tied for 12th with a 7-6. This foursome along with Rohan Watt will compete at the state qualifiers on June 1-2.

The 4x400-meter relay team placed fifth in 4:09.45 with a squad of Danielle Ericson, Michelle Rosenblum, Andrea Polvere and Hannah Norowitz. The 4x800-meter relay was eighth in 10:23.22 and was comprised of Melly, Anjali Kapur, Van Tassell and Watt.

“Overall I thought the girls performed well at sectionals,” girls coach John Vegliante said. “With the rough weather we decided to focus more on just a few individual races and relays at the meet. We had a good day in the 4x400-meter relay, running our fastest time of the season, and we are hoping to get another chance to bring that time down even further.”

The following members of the boys team will compete at the state qualifiers, which is held at Arlington and White Plains High Schools: Greg Fusco (3,200 meters, 1,600 meters), Matt Fusco (3,200 meters, steeplechase), Maloney (high jump), Panzarino (pentathlon), Michael Somoza (100 meters), Altieri (pole vault) and Hannon (steeplechase).

For the girls, Ericson and Norowitz also qualified for the state qualifiers in the 400-meter hurdles and 4x400-meter relay.

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