Lakeland Boys Place Second at Leagues

John White gets good air on his first jump. Credits: Deena Bell

CROSS RIVER, N.Y.— Lakeland/Panas’ boys track and field squad excelled in the League 2B championship meet, held on April 19 at John Jay-Cross River and April 20 at Lakeland, finishing second to Somers.

“We did as well as we possibly could on the track,” Lakeland/Panas boys coach Ryan Johnson said. “I am very proud of how the boys performed. We had over 150 personal best performances. All of our relays had season best times and we had several section- and state-ranked times and marks.”

The Rebels also had numerous athletes earn all-league honors with first or second-place finishes.

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Jashua Celestine placed first (11.68 seconds) and Patrick Abel fourth (12.02) in the 100-meter dash. Celestine was first (23.03), Kendall Wright second (23.54), Jonathan White third and Patrick Abel fourth (23.94) in the 200 meters. Wright (53.49), White (54.35), Spencer Gustavson (54.58) and Celestine (55.26) were second through fifth in the 400.

Michael Nardelli placed first in a school record 15.24 seconds, with Thadeus Asaro (18.64) finishing fourth in the 110-meter high hurdles while Nardelli placed second (58.20) and Asaro fifth in the 400-intermediate hurdles.

Gustavson (2:05.39, fifth, 800), Matthew Sayre (4:40.50, second 1,600), Sayre (10:01.64, third, 3,200), Josias Luctamar (21-01 feet, first, long jump), Celestine (20-07, second, long jump), Celestine (triple jump, second), Luctamar (5-09, second, high jump), Luke Rapaport (7-feet, fourth, pole vault), Ryan Casey (2,003 points, second, pentathlon) and Jorben Luctamar (1,538 points, fourth, pentathlon) also excelled individually.`

The Rebels took first in both the 4x100 in a time of 44.42 (Josias Luctamar, White, Abel and Celestine) and 4x400 in a time of 3:29.64 (Josias Luctamar, Gustavson, Wright and Nardelli).

Lakeland/Panas’ girls placed third as a team and had numerous athletes earn all-league honors in Mya Lipscomb (100), Maggie McCarthy (400, 200, 4x100 and 4x400), Grace Bugara (3,000, 1,500, 4x800 and 4x400), Taryn Hodge (pentathlon), Maura Coakley (steeplechase), Millie Seabaugh (4x100), Adrianna DeSantis (4x100 and 4x400), Julia Gomez (4x100), Hayley Flanagan (4x400), Claire Smith (4x800) and Jenna Pressman (4x800).

“I was especially pleased to see the team score in every event on the track except the 100-meter high hurdles,” Lakeland/Panas girls coach Rosalind Gallino said. “It’s great to see Grace returning to her top racing fitness. Jenna ran such a mature meet in ensuring that the team had valuable depth points in the 3,000 and the 1,500.  She always runs in such an unselfish manner. Maggie’s win in the 200 was a huge personal best but getting three girls into the final was a huge development for the team. Freshmen Lauren Salazar and Daniella Marazano had great days scoring in the 400-intermediate hurdles and the triple jump, respectively.”

Yorktown’s boys and girls squads both placed second to Horace Greeley in the League 1-D championships held at Fox Lane on April 19 and Yorktown April 20.

The boys lost out to the Quakers 146-97 with the girls just missing a title, falling 123-121.

Yorktown’s girls took first, second and third in the 100-meter hurdles led by Alyssa Pelkey (17.03), Samantha Silverman (17.69) and Deirdre Nuebel (18.56).

The 400-meter hurdles saw Grace Cooney (first, 71.17) and Alyssa Pelkey (third, 75.12) stand out while in the 1,500-meter race walk, Marlee Pincus (first, 8:16.26) and Sydney Schwartz (second, 8:57.66) did the honors.

In the triple jump, Nuebel placed first (29-9) and Emma Santini second (28-9). Silverman won the high jump (4-6) and the girls 4x800-meter relay (Julia Schildwachter, Emily Metz, Heather Donnelly and Cooney) took first in a time of 10:38.39.

Yorktown’s boys took first, second and third in the 110-meter hurdles, led by Stephen Good (17.36), John Ahearn (18.32 ) and David Livadhi (19.42).

Ahearn placed first (61.43) in the 400-meter hurdles with David Livadhi finishing third (62.90).

Matthew Severino (first, pentathlon, 2,139 points), Kenny Howell (first, triple jump, 39-4), Carson Furci (second, 100-meter dash, 12.07 and second in the 200 in 23.22) and Thomas Gmoser (second, high jump, 5-6) also excelled.

“The boys and the girls really gave it their best shot and I was very proud of them,” Yorktown coach Keith Smith said. “I was glad that we had so many first-place finishers and impressed that we were able sweep a few events. They showed a lot of heart.”

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