NEW YORK, N.Y. – Somers’ indoor track and field teams posted strong results at the Westchester County Championships on Jan. 24 at the Armory Track and Field Center.
The girls team placed third overall behind first-place New Rochelle and Bronxville.
“I was very happy with the third-place finish,” said Tusker girls coach John Vegliante. “Westchester County has so many great schools and talented athletes so we were proud to finish top 3. It was a team effort with girls stepping up throughout the meet.”
Ashley Moon and Emily Heese led the Tusker girls, becoming county champions in the 55-meter dash (7.31) and pole vault (11-0), respectively.
“As the competition gets better, so does Ashley Moon,” Vegliante said. “She steps up to any occasion. She’s proving that she’s the fastest girl in Section 1 and one of the fastest in the state. Emily Heese had another great day, winning the pole vault and clearing 11-feet once again. She’s set up well for the championship run.”
The 4x400-meter relay squad placed third in 4:12.63. Sabrina Somoza, Isabella Viscovich, Ella Kittredge and Nieve Mahood were on the team. The 4x200 relay was fourth (1:50.51) and was composed of Somoza, Heese, Ella Lansky and Moon.
In the 1,500-meter race walk, Jordan Han and Avni Madhwesh took third and fourth, respectively. The duo got Somers off to a strong start in the meet with Han crossing the finish line in 8:17.93 and Madhwesh clocking a time of 8:32.14.
Moon also placed seventh in the 300-meter dash (43.47). Nadia Pennella was fourth in the high jump (4-9), an event she just started competing in this season. Clare Keane was fifth in the high jump. Ciara Murphy finished fourth in the pole vault (9-0).
Somers’ boys team placed sixth overall and was led by Cole Willman, who won the 600 meters in a time of 1:25.73.
“This was a big PR (personal record) for Cole Willman,” said Somers coach Jesse Arnett. “We planned out a new way for him to approach the 600 that uses his talents more efficiently and he stuck to our plan even though he was in the second slower heat. It can be very hard to win from the second heat but he ran the splits we planned for the first two laps and came through the 400-meter mark at 54 seconds. He then continued to be tough as he came around the final lap with an aggressive fearlessness, continuing to push himself despite being so far ahead of the rest of his field. His ability to implement race strategy according to plan is what continues to make him successful in multiple events.”
Brian Luciano was second in the weight throw with a heave of 52-8 3/4. He was also sixth in the shot put.
The 4x400-meter relay squad took third in 3:37.41 and qualified for the Penn Relays. It was the Tuskers’ fastest time in that event in seven years. Willman, Thomas Parisi, Hayden Klein and Peter MacNeil were on the team.
Matt Reimann placed eighth in the 3,200 meters (10:12.46).