MANHATTAN, N.Y., The Somers track and field team has had a history of success in general, but when it comes to league championships, the Tuskers have been almost a lock.
The boys and girls teams won their respective league titles at the Armory Track and Field Center in Manhattan on Jan. 21.
For the boys, it was their 11th league crown in 12 winter track seasons. Somers scored 158 team points, blowing away second place Lakeland (103.5 points).
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“This year was a real team effort and quite an upset as Somers was not expected to win,” Somers coach Jesse Arnett said. “However, the team came together and numerous athletes across the jumps, throws, sprints, and distance helped to make the team championship complete. We scored 42 percent of all scoring places and had four scorers in the 3,200, triple jump, weight throw, and six in the pole vault.”
Michael Altieri returned from injury, placing second in the 600 meters (1:27.67) and helped the 4x400-meter relay squad to third place.
Michael Herbert scored in three events: triple jump (fourth), long jump (second, 19-06) and 55-meter hurdles (first, 8.48). Matt Reimann scored in both the 3,200 meters (third) and 1,600 (fourth).
James McHugh (first, 45-09 3/4) helped Somers dominate the weight throw as per usual. He was also second in the shot put (41-04).
Aidan Bierman also scored points in the triple jump, long jump and ran in the 4x200 relay. Peter MacNeil was third in the 1,000 meters (2:51.05).
Josh Tetro, Jan Hoekstra and MacNeil all scored an 8-0 in the pole vault to tie for first.
“The boys team scored in every event except the 55 meters and 300 meters,” Arnett said. “This is one of the best team victories that I have been a part of as a coach and I am proud to share in the excitement as many of the athletes scored for the first time in their biggest meet of the season.”
The girls team won its 20th league title in a row. They dominated the competition, outscoring second-place Lakeland/Panas, 261-84.
“The streak means a lot to our girls and we’re proud to keep it going,” Somers girls coach John Vegliante said. “The success comes from our team depth. We are able to cover every event. We have multiple athletes score in every event. That’s the Somers way!”
First-place finishers for Somers included: Jordan Han (race walk, 8:53.05), Lucy Cliff (3,000 meters, 11:41.27), Nieve Mahood (1,000, 3:12.55), Ashley Moon (55 meters, 7.58; 300 meters, 42.42), Kellie Kottmann (long jump, 15-3 1/4), Christina Abrenica (triple jump, 31-10), Emma Kittredge (high jump, 4-10) and Emily Heese (pole vault, 30-11 3/4).
The 4x400-meter relay also placed first in 4:19.50. Ella Lansky, Ella Kittredge, Emma Kittredge and Caitlyn VanTassell comprised the foursome.
Second place finishers for the girls were: Maeve Janecka (race walk), Emma Kittredge (300), Ella Kittredge (1,500), Heese (long jump), Anna Keane (triple jump), Mercedesz Stumpf (pole vault) and Amanda Burns (shot put).
At the Westchester County Championships on Jan. 26, two school records were broken.
Altieri set a new school record in the pole vault with a 13-7 to place first.
The 4x200-meter girls relay team clocked a time of 1:48.32 for a new school record. Sabrina Somoza, Emma Kittredge, Abrenica and Moon comprised the team, which placed fourth.
The girls were fourth overall in a loaded field with 30.25 points. Moon finished second in the 300 (41.55). Kottmann was third in the long jump (15-6 3/4) with Stumpf also recording a third in the pole vault (8-0). Han took sixth in the race walk.
“Westchester County is one of the toughest counties in New York, so I was happy with the fourth-place finish,” Vegliante said. “I thought the girls performed well overall. We got some big performances from our two seniors, Emma Kittredge and Kellie Kottmann. Kellie surprised with a third in the long jump and Emma ran on the 4x800, which scored, and on the 4x200 that broke the school record. They’ve both been such a big part of the team over the years. It was a great last county meet for them.”
The boys team, which placed seventh, received a second-place finish in the weight throw from McHugh (46-0 1/2).
Griffin Carpiniello and Tetro were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the pole vault behind Altieri. Patrick Eames took sixth in the high jump.