Photo courtesy of Marge McEvoy; “Clockwise from top left: Shari Rauls ’16, Ittai Rosales ’16, William Young ’15, Sam Morton ’15 and Sean Ideozu ’16 compete at the New York Section 1 Qualifier at the Armory Center for Track and Field in New York City in February.”
By Eli Lederman
The 2015-2016 season has been a historic one for the Mamaroneck High School track team. This winter, the team’s runners have dominated the competition, and broken several school records. On Feb. 21, the runners continued to build on their historic season with a strong showing at state qualifiers, which took place at The Armory in New York City. Here’s how they fared:
Lauren Chapey ’16, Katie DeVore ’16, Shari Rauls ’16 and Lauren Shpiz ’18 made up the Girls 4×800 relay team that finished with a time of 9:03.85. The time, the fastest in the country so far this season, qualified the group for the state championships, where they went on to win the state title with a time of 9:09.09. It also qualified the team for the New Balance National Indoor Track and Field Championships. In the 3200-meter run, Sam Morton ’17 placed second with a time of 9:37, qualifying for States; he ran a personal-best 9:24 at the State Championships. In the same event, William Young ’17 came in fifth, with a time of 9:42, just missing the mark to quali
ty for States.
Sean Ideozu ’16 took home the 300-meter dash section title,
finishing with a time of 35.13, and qualifying for States. He beat the second-place runner by .26 seconds. Ideozu ran a 35.63 at States, sending him to a fourth-place finish.
Andy Ballard ’16 (mile: 4:35), Ittai Rosales ’16 (1000-meter: 2:38) and Eliana Safer ’18 (3000-meter: 10:38) also placed well in their respective events.
Two Mamaroneck teams also qualified for Nationals. The same group of runners who won the Girls 4×800 section title will also compete at Nationals. Entering the competition with the best time in the nation, they are considered the favorites to win.
Joining them will be Ideozu, Rosales, Young and Morton. This group qualified for the boys Distance Medley Relay (1200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m). They are the first boys team from Mamaroneck High School to qualify for a championship event at Nationals. The track team looks to continue their success at Nationals. Victories in either event would be a cherry on top of what has already been a truly special season. When asked about how amazing this season has been, Young said, “This has been one of the best track seasons in our school’s history. The girls broke our school record and are number one in the nation and the boys made Nationals for the first time as a team; it’s just been so much fun and I know I will never forget these moments.”