As the competitors went through their morning rituals and prepped for a long day the younger athletes were curious and unaware of the challenge the Pearl River meet had in store for them on Dec. 28.  The veterans, on the other hand, were aware of the long day ahead and were steadfast in their mentality. Veterans reminded underclassman to stretch and warm up, to focus on their form, and how to properly prep for the long day. 

Jon Gorman helped athletes with their spikes and captain Adam Shelby helped freshmen correct their pole vault form.  Michael Panzarino corrected athletes while taking their steps at the long jump and captain Peter Ferretti helped those new to the shot put. 

“On a day where coaches are pulled in so many different directions it is the veteran leaders on the team that make a large impact,” Somers boys coach Jesse Arnett said. “Even if what they do and how they help the team doesn’t calculate into the point totals it makes a difference.” 

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In the first part of the meet freshmen and sophomore athletes shined for the Tuskers. Numan Maloney finished first in the long jump jumping 18-04 1/4 and was second in the high jump at 5-04. 

“His focus in practice and attention to detail is really transitioning his jumping game into a whole new stratosphere,” Arnett said. “Numan has some amazing potential and it should be interesting to see how the rest of the season shakes out for him.” 

Also medaling in the high jump was Michael Altieri and Zach Croen.  Following Adam Shelby’s advice pole vaulters Michael Altieri, Evan Nehlsen, and Griffin Carpiniello all medaled for the young Tusker vaulting core for the first time.  As the junior and senior part of the meet began Nico Papalia brought the red and black to their feet as he medaled in the 3,200 meters with a time of 10:26.6 followed closely by captain Thomas Hannon who ran a blazing 10:39.7.  Finally finishing out the meet Michael Gordon broke the five minute barrier running 4:59.5 in the 1,600 meter run.  “I did it Arnett, I finally did it,” Gordon proclaimed to his coach with a smile ear to ear after finishing his race. 

Senior Jon Gorman said it best: “It’s not always what gets done on the track that is most important, sometimes it’s the things you don’t see that make a difference.” 

On the girls side, Mercedesz Stumpf took eighth in the 1,500-meter racewalk in 11:30.10 and Katherine Taylor was right behind her in ninth in 12:14.30. Kate Williams placed 10th.

Anjali Kapur took 16th in the 1,600 meters in 5:54.40 and Elisabeth Van Tassell was behind her in 17th in 5:54.80. She also was second in the pole vault with a leap of 7-0.

In the 4x400-meters the girls placed third in a time of 4:41.70 and were sixth in the 4x200-meters in 2:06.

Christina Abrencia took fifth in the 55-meter hurdles (10.60). Emma Kittredge took fourth in the 800 meters in 2:40.30 and sixth in the high jump with a leap of 4-04. Kelsey Lavin took eighth (4-04). Kellie Kottman was seventh in the long jump with a leap of 13-0.

Article submitted by Somers varsity track and field.