The Scarsdale track and field team sent a pair of relays to New Balance Nationals in North Carolina last weekend. For the girls, it was the first time since 2014 that a team made the trek.
Scarsdale’s 1,600-meter sprint medley relay team of junior Samantha Jahrmarkt, junior Annabel Jacobs, sophomore Yurami Van Eer and senior Sierra Donovan set a school record at nationals, placing 37th overall in the Emerging Elite division. The Raiders finished in 4:28.36.
At Mountie Madness earlier this season, the girls topped the 2015 school record of 4:28.62 with a time of 4:18.93, led by Donovan with a 2:18.9 split.
Donovan will compete at Amherst next year.
“Sierra’s character and work ethic helped bring this group of girls together and taught them how to reach the next level,” coach Vinny Modafferi said. “They will continue to pass down the morals and lessons Sierra taught them to the underclassman next year. Not enough can be said in regard to what Sierra Donovan did for the middle distance program and for the entire team. She is simply an amazing human being.”
Modafferi credited Jahrmarkt and Jacobs for making lowering their times “the focal point of the season.” Van Eer also dropped time at the Lakeland Last Chance meet to ensure the team’s qualification for nationals.
“Each girl had their own individual accomplishments this season but to qualify as a team was special for all of them,” Modafferi said. “They had a great eye-opening experience at nationals. Their families were there to support them and a number of the teammates watched together at the high school.”
The New York State champion boys 4x800-meter relay team of junior Daniel Asher, senior Eric Jacobson, junior D.J. Matusz and senior Nico Bernard placed seventh in the championship division in 7:46.27. At states they set school and Westchester County records of 7:43.59.
Jacobson will continue his career at Fordham next school year, Bernard at McGill.