The Somers track and field team participated in the Jim Mitchell Invitational at the Armory Track and Field Center on Dec. 12.

Coming off a first place finish in pole vault at the Section 1 kick off meet last week, junior Maya Watt was able to take second place in the pole vault at the Jim Mitchell Invitational. In both performances, Watt tied her personal record of 9-feet. Junior Katie Melly placed third in the pole vault at 8-06.

Senior Sydney Ericson finished seventh in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 3:13 and junior Andrea Polvere notched a personal record in the 300-meter dash at 44.7 seconds, and finished 12th.  Junior Danielle Ericson took eighth in the 600 meters in 1:48.44. Junior Hannah Norowitz was 11th in 1:49.90.

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“Overall, I was very happy with our team’s performance,” Somers girls’ track coach Evan Delfs said. “Many of our veterans have started off the season extremely well, many of our girls have achieved or approached their personal best already.”

According to Delfs, it usually takes a little while for his athletes to get going in the winter. But that is not the case this year — which makes Delfs very optimistic.

“It can take certain athletes, especially sprinters and jumpers, a little bit of time to round into form,” Delfs said. “They haven’t competed at such a high level in a long time. But our veterans have had such success early on, and we believe it indicates how great of a season they can have.”

On the boys’ side, senior Alex Worsley placed third in the 300-meter dash with a time of 36.57 seconds. The Somers boys’ 4x1-mile relay team took fifth place, finishing in 19:10. Junior Michael Panzarino placed fifth in the high jump with a leap of 5-08.