Whitman December Athletes of the Month
Track star Zach Cammer and exceptional fencer Alexandra Alpy are our two distinguished Athletes of the Month for December.
Zach recently won the Mile at the North Shore Invitational, earning him a spot in the mile field at the 106th Millrose Games on February 16. “Because of the level of competition, I didn’t go into the race thinking about the Milrose,” said Zach. “There was a state champion and several other really top runners, but the race began a little slow and I maintained a good position in the field. When it came down to the last few laps, I knew I had a chance. I had plenty of kick left and gave it my all.”
Zach, who sees himself as a cross-country runner, has excelled in the mile and surprised many at the Invitational with his speed. Zach is a member of Boy Scout Troop 34 and is finishing up on his Eagle Scouting requirements. Zach should have some big news on the horizon about where he hopes to be next fall. Stay tuned!
Alexandria Alpy accomplished a major feat by winning gold at this season’s Brentwood Fencing Tournament. This seems like an enormous accomplishment, since Alex is only a sophomore, but we learned from Alex that in fencing, age may not play as important a role as one might think. “A really dangerous fencer can often be new to the sport, because they react to an offensive move in a way that an experienced fencer would not, and you need to be ready for that,” said Alex.
“I have been working hard during the off-season,” continued Alex. “I fence year-round. I went to the nationals this summer in California, where I gained valuable experience, and I participate in crew at LI Rowing, and that really keeps me in great condition for fencing.” Alex enjoys the individuality of fencing. “Fencing is all about focus. There is so much going on all around you that it’s important to remain calm and stay focused,” she said. “Winning the Brentwood Tournament was about me being more focused that my competition.”
Whitman will host the Suffolk County Fencing Championships on Saturday, February 9, when Long Island’s finest will be matching their skills against one another, including our newest women’s epee champion, Alexandria Alpy.
PHOTO: Zach Cammer and Alexandria Alpy with Principal Kathie Acker.