By MIKE SMITH
On May 6, the Harrison track team completed a sweep at the League Championship Meet as both the boys and girls squad far outpaced the competition to add even more hardware to Harrison’s trophy case.
Harrison’s boys racked up 172 points during the two-day event, winning the championship by 68 points, while the girls, who scored 147, topped second-place Fox Lane by 60.
According to head coach Dominic Zanot, the depth of both squads–long a Harrison strength–proved the difference-maker this spring.
“Especially in the girls competition, in the long jump and triple jump, our girls placed 1-4 in the events,” he said. “To basically shut out the rest of the league in an entire event, that’s very different than just having one athlete get all the credit.”
Coming in, the boys team looked to be the class of League IIIA and performed as such. The girls team was led by a number of personal records from athletes in various events. Harrison’s girls won five events to claim all-league status, with Kyle Lefkowitz (discus) Julia Luo (200m), Chole Schettino (triple jump) Emily Dugoff (long jump) and Harrison’s 4 x 400 relay team‑consisting of Marisa Gazzola, Erica LaManna, Ella Elsinger, and Christine Cardascia‑all taking home top honors.
Zanot had especially high praise for Dugoff and Schettino, two underclassmen who far exceeded previous bests in their events.
“It’s rewarding to see the younger kids apply their training and coaching at the end of the year,” he said. “It’s great to see that growth.
On the boys side, the Huskies took first place 11 times with several athletes making their mark in multiple events.
Giovanni Valdes-Fauli (4 x 100 relay, 110 hurdles), Devin Jacobi (4 x 100 relay, long jump, 100m), Jeremy Altamuro (shotput, discus) Dan Quinn (4 x 100 relay, 200m) and Alexis Ledesma (triple jump, 400 hurdles) were among Harrison’s multi-event winners.
Ledesma, who was sidelined by a hamstring injury during last Spring’s league meet, won the triple jump on his last attempt, finishing a full second faster than his previous best in the hurdles, and placed third in two other events.
“It felt really good,” Ledesma said. “All fall, all winter, I’d been scared to go my full speed in competition, so to do this well made me really happy.”
With leagues behind them, Harrison’s boys and girls now look forward to stiffer challenges, including the upcoming county meet and sectionals.
According to Zanot, Harrison hopes to bring home a few more trophies before the spring season ends.
“The boys’ success wasn’t a surprise and we’ve been looking for them to do even bigger things this year,” Zanot said. “But now, with the showing the girls had, we’re raising our expectations for the rest of the year as well.”