NEW YORK, N.Y.— It would be a long night at the Armory in New York City as all the track and field teams from the county came together for the Westchester County Championships on Jan. 27.
By the time all the heats and events were finished and teams were heading home around 10 p.m., a number of school records and personal bests had been set out on the track, including a pair for the Lakeland/Panas Rebels.
Lakeland/Panas boys’ team coach Ryan Johnson felt it wasn’t the best performance for the team as they finished sixth overall. But there certainly were highlights provided by Jashua Celestine and Michael Nardelli.
“We had a rough day today, but we’re building in a positive direction and that’s all you can ask for,” Johnson said. “We had hoped for a top-three finish but had several personal records and two school records. Many of the events at the meet were the most competitive they have been in the last 15 years and those just happened to be our best events that day. I couldn’t ask for anything more from the boys. They gave everything they had and performed like a true team in every sense of the word.”
Celestine broke his own school record in the 55-meter dash as he advanced to the finals. Celestine and the rest of the finalists had to endure three false starts as the timers kept having problems with their starting gun. After a delay they had the finalists come out again a second time to run the finals, and this time Celestine raced to the line with a time of 6.69, good enough for fifth place overall.
Teammate Deyon Winston also had to endure the false starts for the 55-meter dash, and he finished seventh.
Winston had a big day overall as he also finished second in the long jump with a leap of 20-5 3/4.
Nardelli broke his own record in the 55-meter high hurdles as he finished sixth with a time of 8.34. He then competed in the triple jump for the Rebels and earned a ninth-place finish with a leap of 39-5 3/4.
Josias Luctamar turned in a pair of top-10 finishes for the Rebels as he was fourth in the long jump with a leap of 19-9 3/4. Luctamar was also fifth in the high jump as he cleared the bar at 5-6.
Matt Sayre earned a ninth-place finish in a very competitive 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:50.94.
Hudson Scott also turned in a top-10 performance as he finished ninth in the weight throw with a toss of 39-5 3/4.
The Rebels shined in the relays as they finished third in the 4x200 with a time of 1:33.96 with a squad of Celestine, Winston, Luctamar and Patrick Abel. A team of Celestine, Jonathan White, Kendall Wright and Spencer Gustavson were third in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:35.88, and sixth in the 4x800 relay.
For the Rebel girls, the distance runners turned in their usual big performance to lead the way, but they weren’t the only ones scoring points.
“Our girls had a good meet,” Lakeland/Panas coach Rosalind Gallino said. “Jenna Pressman had another personal record in the 3,000, and Grace Bugara had a season-best time in the 1,500. But the star of the meet was Remi Urreta, our thrower. She had a two-foot personal record in the shot put and placed third. It was nice to see the team becoming a little more balanced. Our 4x200 relay had a season-best and the team is made up of four freshmen. It’s good to see them coming together and developing. A lot of good things are happening.”
Bugara was third in the 1,500-meter race with a season best time of 4:51.52. Pressman was fourth in the 3,000-meter run with a personal best time of 10:53.61. Urreta was third in the shot put with a toss of 32-0.
Lakeland/Panas was fifth in the 4x800 relay with a time of 10:26.5 with a team of Bugara, Pressman, Maggie McCarthy and Adrianna DeSantis. The Rebels were also eighth in both the 4x200 and 4x400 relays.
For Yorktown, Samantha Silverman led the way as she had a busy day for the Huskers. She finished third in the high jump as she cleared the bar at 4-9. She also was 11th in the long jump and 12th in the shot put.
Delilah Andresen turned in a top 10 finish for the Huskers in the long jump as she was seventh overall with a leap of 15-9 1/4.
Marlee Pincus got the Huskers off to a good start as she finished sixth in the first event of the night, the 1,500-meter racewalk.
The Yorktown boys team was led by John Ahearn as he finished seventh in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:27.41. Carson Furci was ninth in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.87 for the Huskers. The 1,600-meter relay (3:47.93) placed ninth with a squad of Ahearn, Brett Makar, Sal Pepe and Thomas Hynes.
“We compete in a very competitive county, so I was very pleased with how we performed,” Yorktown coach Keith Smith said. “We had many personal bests which made it even better.”