L/P’s Bugara, Nardelli Take First at Counties

Lakeland/Panas’ Michael Nardelli clears a hurdle on his way to first. Credits: Paul Andrews

ARMONK, N.Y.— There were plenty of outstanding performances by local athletes at the Westchester County Track and Field Championships on May 19 at Harrison and May 20 at Byram Hills.

Lakeland/Panas’ Grace Bugara won the 3,000-meter run in an all-time best personal best of 10:10.23, was sixth in the 800 meters in 2:19.69, second in the 1,500 meters in 4:45 and anchored the 4x800-meter relay to a season’s best of 9:45.66 and a fifth-place finish.

Joining her on that relay were Maggie McCarthy, Jenna Pressman and Hayley Flanagan.

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Mya Lipscomb took fifth in the 100-meter dash in an all-time personal best of 12.89. Maura Coakley placed sixth in the steeplechase in her all-time best mark of 7:53.2, her third personal record in three races. The 4x100-meter relay of McCarthy, Adrianna DeSantis, Julia Gomez and Millie Lichtenwalner-Seabaugh placed third in 51.09.

“I was happy to see Grace running well and with confidence after a disappointing end to her spring,” Lakeland/Panas girls coach Rosalind Gallino said. “I was also thrilled to have a finalist in the 100 and proud of Maura for working so hard to become a major player in the steeple.  Freshman Hayley Flanagan had a great day splitting 2:25 in the 4x800. It’s always exciting to see kids grow into their talent and start to realize their goals. It’s also encouraging to see them work as a team.”

On the Lakeland/Panas boys side some of the highlights included Michael Nardelli winning the 110-high hurdles (15.14) and placing second in the 400-meter hurdles (56.60) and Ryan Casey finishing second in the 1,500 meters (4:40.35). Josias Luctamar placed second in the long jump (21-8), fourth in the high jump (5-10) and fourth in the triple jump (41-11).

Matt Sayre was sixth in the 2-mile (9:50.70), Jashua Celestine placed fourth in the 200-meter dash (22.43) and seventh in the 100-meter dash (11.47) and Josh Feinberg was fourth in the hammer throw (132-0).

“I was happy with our performance,” Lakeland/Panas boys coach Ryan Johnson said. “Between the boys and girls we had two county championships and three school records. We had several top five all-time program performances as well. It was a good meet and we were not far off the first-place team for the boys scores.”

Yorktown’s boys were led by John Ahearn, who placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles (58.12) and  Matthew Severino, who finished fifth in the pentathlon (2,487 points).

David Livadhi took eighth in the 400-meter hurdles (62.04). Thomas Hynes was 10th in the 1,600 meters (4:33.56) and also finished 14th in the 800-meter run (2:02.10).

Samantha Silverman led Yorktown’s girls with a fourth-place finish in the pentathlon with 2,415 points.

Marlee Pincus was fourth in the 1,500-meter race walk (8:04.00), Elizabeth Sirett finished eighth in the javelin (83-10) and Grace Cooney was ninth in the 400-meter hurdles (71.26).

“I was very impressed with my team and I thought that they had a great meet,” Yorktown coach Keith Smith said. “Many of our athletes finished the day with personal records. Our pentathletes both came through in all five events after their two days of competition. On the boys side, Thomas Hynes and John Ahearn had a great meet and posted great times as did Marlee Pincus in the walk. This meet was one of our best—as a team—all year.”

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