Celestine Shines at Sectionals

Lakeland/Panas’ Jashua Celestine competes in the 55-meter dash. Credits: Rob DiAntonio

NEW YORK, N.Y.— Plenty of local athletes performed well at the Section 1 Class A championship meet, at the Armory Track and Field Center on 168th Street in New York City, on Feb. 8.

Lakeland/Panas boys standout Jashua Celestine placed second in the 55-meter dash and fourth in the 300-meter dash.

“His time of 6.67 in the 55 breaks his own school record for the fourth time this season,” Lakeland/Panas boys coach Ryan Johnson said. “He will have a good shot at getting one of the three spots in the state meet if he races like he did today at the qualifier in two weeks. His time of 36.12 in the 300 was the second fastest in school history.”

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Michael Nardelli placed sixth in the 55-meter hurdles (8.45), with his time of 8.34 seconds in the trials tying his own school record.

Celestine, Deyon Winston, Josias Luctamar and Jonathan White ran to a third-place finish in the 4x200 meter relay (1:33.02).

“This is the second fastest time in school history and the squad will be right in the mix, fighting for a spot in the state meet at the qualifier in two weeks,” Johnson said.

Luctamar, Nardelli, Patrick Abel and Kendall Wright placed third in the 4x400-meter relay (335.42).

Lakeland/Panas’ girls squad stood out, recording a fourth-place finish in the 4x200-meter relay. That relay consisted of Julia Gomez, Millie Seabaugh, Lauren Salazar and Daniella Mariazona, who recorded a season-best time of 1:51.65.

The 4x400-meter relay of Maggie McCarthy, Adrianna DeSantis, Lauren Salazar and Hayley Flanagan was fifth in 4:12, a six-second improvement over its previous best season time.

Jenna Pressman (seventh place, 1,000-meter run, 3:08) and McCarthy (seventh place, 600-meter run, 1:40.33) also shined for the Rebels.

“They rose to the occasion,” Lakeland/Panas girls coach Rosalind Gallino said. “We are still a small team and competing against teams that are perennial state powers like New Rochelle and North Rockland will only serve to make us better. Just about every kid who raced today came home with a new personal record so much success was had.”

Yorktown’s girls squad also had some solid performances in the sectionals, with Samantha Silverman (third place, high jump, 4-foot-8) and Delilah Andresen (fifth place, long jump with a personal best of 16-2 1/2) standing out. The 4x800-meter relay team of Andersen, Noelle Cegielski, Caroline Garti and Meghan Cegielski earned a sixth-place finish with a time of 1:53.74.

For the Husker boys squad, Thomas Hynes took sixth place in the 1,000-meters (2:43.51), Jake Bichler placed sixth in the long jump (19-2.25) and Thomas Gmoser finished eighth in the high jump (5-6).

“The Class A meet is an extremely difficult meet as we are competing against the largest schools in the section,” Yorktown coach Keith Smith said. “Our athletes performed exceptionally well as many of our athletes set their own personal records. I am very proud of all of them.”

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