Anima Banks, a freshman at Mamaroneck High School, finished in ninth place in the 800 meters at the New York State track and field championships on June 13, with a time of 2:14.1. It was the second-fastest time this season for a New York State freshman.
It was a fitting season finale both for Anima and for the team, which had one of the most successful springs in program history. In addition to her performance at the state championships in Syracuse, where she finished sixth among New York State class AA runners in the 800, Anima placed first at the Section 1 qualifier in class AA in the 800, and finished second in that event at both the county and league championships.
Her teammates also had notable successes this spring. Gina Talt, a sophomore, finished first in the 1500 meters at the Westchester County championships, first in the 800 in the league championships, and third in the 1500 and seventh in the 800 at the Section 1 qualifier. Team captain Sara Hess, a senior who will compete for Haverford College next season, finished fifth in the 800 at the Section 1 qualifier, was ninth in the 1500 at the county championships, and 13th in the 1500 at the section qualifier.
Both Anima and Gina were named all-county for the spring, in the 800 and 1500 respectively.
Femi Wheeler, a senior, finished fifth in both the long jump and the javelin at the Section 1 class AA championships.
“We did exceptionally well this whole year in track and cross country,” said Bob Morrissey, the head track and field coach at Mamaroneck. “The boys were second in the league in cross country. The girls were first in the league in winter track, and this spring many of our runners excelled in many of the big meets.”
At the annual Glenn D. Loucks Games in White Plains in May, sophomore Tommy Vandenberg ran a 10:03.99 in the 3000 and junior Hugh Troeger ran a 4:35 mile. Finishing fourth in the women’s open distance medley was the team of Anima Banks, Gina Talt, Sara Hess and Anna Reddicliffe.
Winning all-league awards were team captain Evan Thompson (1600 meters), a senior who will compete for New York University next season; Sara Hess in the 1500; and Anima Banks and Gina Talt in the 800.
“It is a very young team,” Coach Morrissey said, “and we have high hopes for the future. Our middle distance and long distance program seems to be getting stronger every year. We hope that we have more league championships and state finalists to come over the next four years.”
Connie Reddicliffe is the outgoing co-president of the Tiger Team, the booster club for Mamaroneck High School.