SCARSDALE, N.Y.— Anjali Kapur (second place) and Elisabeth Van Tassell (fourth place) paced Somers’ girls cross country team as the Tuskers placed third out of 11 teams at the Scarsdale Invitational. Suffern was first with host Scarsdale behind them in second.
“I thought it was our best race as a team so far and we are just going to look to keep building on each race,” Somers girls coach John Vegliante said. “The meet was at Croton Point Park which is where the Westchester County Championships will be in a few weeks. We wanted to go and see the course to be ready for that meet. We’re hoping to come back in a few weeks and have everybody improve on their time.”
Both Kapur and Van Tassell ran personal bests. Kapur clocked a time of 19:35.20 while Van Tassell crossed the finish line in 20:04.10 on Oct. 6.
“Anjali ran a great race,” Vegliante said. “It was the first time she has ever broke 20 minutes in a 5K. Elisabeth was right there as well for the majority of the race. She took it out hard pushing the pace for the first mile or so. The girls did a good job of working together and pushing each other the first half of the race.”
Lucy Cliff (15th, 21:40.30), Keelyn Foley (17th, 22:15.70), Riley Comparetto (22nd), Emma Jones (24th) and Mercedesz Stumpf (25th) rounded out the Tusker top seven.
The boys team also shined in a loaded field at the St. Anthony’s Invitational with Matt Fusco (second, 16:39.19) and twin brother Greg Fusco (third, 16:42.90) leading the way yet again. Somers placed 11th out of 49 teams.
“Greg and I were leading the race for most of the first mile,” Matt said. “On an unfamiliar course, leading the race can be even more tiring, so if we were to race there again, we would likely change our strategy and decide not to lead at the start of the race.
“Greg and I were neck and neck pretty much the entire race. We took turns pacing off each other and worked together to run as fast as we could.”
Matt said the key to his second-place finish was “running the downhills hard.”
“This course had big hills at later points in the race, so it was important for us to recover quickly and to use the downhills to our advantage,” he noted.
Matthew Reimann placed 79th and Josh Tetro was 109th. Somers was short-handed with some members of its top seven missing the meet.
“Considering how unfamiliar and challenging the course was, the team raced pretty well,” Matt said. “We were missing two people from our usual top seven, and our times weren’t as good as we hoped going in, but we still raced well with what we had.”