Lakeland/Panas girls win relay at sectionals

Lakeland/Panas’ Jenna Pressman hands off to Maggie McCarthy. The Rebels’ 4x800-meter relay team won the Section 1 Class A title. Credits: Rob DiAntonio
Yorktown’s Alexa LaPierre placed second in the high jump with a leap of 4-9. Credits: Rob DiAntonio

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – Lakeland/Panas’ girls 4x800-meter relay squad, consisting of Grace Bugara, Sunny Nagpaul, Jenna Pressman, and Maggie McCarthy, took first place in the Section 1 Class A championships at The New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory in New York City on Feb. 13 with a time of 9:36.

“Grace and Maggie both ran personal bests, 2:15 and 2:29 respectively, and the four girls have been very focused this season,” Lakeland/Panas girls coach Mike Coffey said. “It’s such a competitive section so it’s really awesome to have a relay team finish first for the entire L/P program.”

Nagpaul said the team was able to win because it had a goal time to run and were determined to run that for the Rebels, who placed ninth overall out of 21 teams.

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“All of us have a really great relationship with each other so to win together is like a victory times four,” Nagpaul said. “There is a lot of work behind victories, but it’s really worth it when you train with these victories in mind.”

Said Bugara: “We also were very motivated to work as hard as we could for each other, we are a very close team. It also is so amazing to be able to accomplish such amazing things with my teammates that I’ve run with for so many years now.”

For the Rebel boys squad, Cameron Thompson took first place in the weight throw at 62-2 and fourth in the shot put with a mark of 43-5.

“He actually was well under his personal record for the weight throw,” Lakeland/Panas boys coach Ryan Johnson said. “He had a chance to experiment a little bit with different techniques since he had the best throw by 15 feet coming in.”

Lakeland/Panas’ 4x800 relay of Stephen Romer, Joey Castelli, Zachary Scharf and Matt Sayre placed fifth with a time of 836.2.

The Rebels took 10th overall out of 20 teams.

Yorktown’s top performer was Alexa LaPierre, who finished tied for second in the high jump at 4-9 and 10th in the long jump at 15-4.

The Huskers girls 4x200 relay was 11th at 1:54.53, consisting of Kaila Boyer, Caroline Garti, Katie Vogel and Meghan Cegielski.

On the Yorktown boys side, the 4x200 relay was seventh with a time of 1:38.77 and making up that quartet was Nick Santavicca, Stephen Good, Carson Furci and Jose Boyer.

“I was happy with our team’s performance,” Yorktown coach Keith Smith said. “This year, the section combined the AA schools and A schools, so there was almost 30 schools in the meet. So I thought that the team ran well against some very tough competition.”

Check out the centerspread in next week’s edition (Feb. 25) of Yorktown News for more track photos from sectionals.

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