YORKTOWN, N.Y. – It was 31 degrees at the start of Saturday’s aptly named “Big Chill Relays,” an outdoor event hosted annually by Yorktown High School that kicks off the winter track and field season.
Participating in this year’s event along with Yorktown were Ardsley, Croton-Harmon, Kennedy Catholic, Pelham, Somers, and Archbishop Stepinac.
“I started the Big Chill Relays back in the late ’80s and this was the 32nd year of the meet,” said Yorktown coach Keith Smith. “It is the first meet of the season and it gives the teams a chance to see where their team is and introduce the younger runners to their first competition. The meet also has a special allure and uniqueness, being one of the only meets held outside during the winter season. It is a meet that the athletes and coaches will remember for a long time.”
Yorktown got their season off on the right foot, with their athletes braving the cold temperature and excelling on the track.
One of the Huskers on the girls side who stood out was Amber Thomas, who took first in 55-meter hurdles with a time of 10.7 seconds.
Ashley Dobransky and Sasha Soc earned a first-place finish in the shot-put relay (53 feet, 4.25 inches) while Regan Mooney and Soc were second in the high-jump relay (7 feet, 8 inches).
Noelle Smith, Nazjai Earle, Isabella Torres and Charlotte Constantine also placed second in the 800-meter relay (2 minutes, 18.1 seconds).
As for Yorktown’s boys squad, Aaron McGirr placed first in the 55-meter dash (6.8 seconds) with Pouya Pakkhesal also taking home the gold in the 55-meter hurdles (8.25 seconds).
Alexander Olener earned second place in the 55-meter hurdles (9.19 seconds) with McGirr and Joe Raguso earning first-place in the long jump-relay (36 feet, 4.75 inches).
Dylan Costello, Andrew Pfeifer and Kenneth Reinkraut (shot-put relay, 73 feet, 10.25 inches); Colin McCarthy, William McCarthy, Rolando Turcios and Patrick Ryan (distance-medley relay, 13 minutes, 7.6 seconds); and Colin McCarthy, William McCarthy, Chris Buckenberger and James Boylan (1,600-meter relay, 4 minutes, 30 seconds), all placed second in their respective events.
“I was very happy with our performances at the Big Chill Relays,” Smith said. “We have a lot of young runners who performed very well. Also, our seniors who ran in their final Big Chill had a great day. It was a very nice meet to start the season.”