LAGRANGEVILLE, N.Y. — The Section 1 track and field state qualifiers were held on June 1 at Arlington and June 2 at White Plains, with Lakeland/Panas juniors Michael Nardelli (400-meter hurdles, 55.95) and Josias Luctamar (long jump, 22-7, school record) both placing first in their respective events.
Those performances earned them a berth at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships on Friday and Saturday, June 9-10, at Union Endicott High School.
“It means a lot because they are role models and leaders on the team,” Lakeland/Panas boys coach Ryan Johnson said.
Nardelli also ran a school record in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.02, placing third.
“One of the runners ahead of him is injured and Michael might be taking his spot,” Johnson said.
Jashua Celestine placed fourth in the 200 meters with a time of 22.43; Palestine, Nardelli, Kendall Wright, and Patrick Abel, finished third in the 4x400-meter relay with a season best time of 3:24.9, which is the third fastest in the section all year and second in the county by less than a second to Mount Vernon; and Abel, a sophomore, had the fastest split covering 400 meters in 50.18 seconds for the Rebels.
For the girls, the 4x400 relay of Adriana DeSantis, Maggie McCarthy, Hayley Flanagan and Grace Bugara, was third in 4:05.77, a season’s best.
Freshman Taryn Hodge (fourth, pentathlon, 2,268 points), Bugara (sixth, 10:20, 3K), Jenna Pressman (seventh, 10:27, 3K) and McCarthy (10th, 2:20.05, 800) also performed well.
“The team rose to the occasion. The boys continue to show what a strong team they are and the girls are starting to emerge as a group that contend with the best teams around,” Lakeland/Panas girls coach Rosalind Gallino said.
For the Yorktown boys, standing out were John Ahearn (seventh, 400-meter intermediate hurdles, 60.30), Matthew Severino (eighth, pentathlon, 2,368 points), Stephen Good (ninth, 17.72, 110-meter hurdles) and Thomas Hynes (11th, 800 meters, 2:02.45; 13th, 1,600-meter run, 4:43.60).
Ahearn was also 12th in the 110-meter hurdles at 18.01 and David Livadhi placed 13th in 110-meter hurdles in 18.36.
As for the Husker girls, Samantha Silverman (third, pentathlon, 2,294 points), Grace Cooney (sixth, 400-meter intermediate hurdles, 71.8), Alyssa Pelkey (11th, 100-meter hurdles, 17.44) and Julia Duff (13th, 100-meter hurdles, 17.98) stood out.
“I thought that the team had a very successful season and they have finished up on a high note with their performances at the state qualifier,” Yorktown coach Keith Smith said. “We had a fine group of seniors who showed great leadership and set a fine example for the younger athletes to follow.”