Weekend indoor track round-up: Nino Seidou-Bakari wins at Ocean Breeze High School Invitational

Colonie’s Nino Seidou-Bakari took first place in the boys Red Division weight throw at the Ocean Breeze High School Invitational indoor track and field meet Saturday, Jan. 26, on Staten Island.

Seidou-Bakari posted a distance of 61 feet, 9 inches to win his division at the regional meet. Josiah Kemp contributed a third-place finish in the Red Division 55-meter hurdles (7.58 seconds) and a fifth-place finish in the Red Division 55-meter dash (6.62 seconds) for the Garnet Raiders, and the Colonie boys 1,600-meter relay team placed fifth. Nathanial LaSorba added a third-place finish in the boys White Division 800-meter race with a time of 2:03.01.

Shenendehowa twin sisters Chidera and Chidalu Anameze had top-10 finishes in field events at Ocean Breeze. Chidera took second place in the girls Red Division weight throw with a distance of 46 feet, 3 inches, while Chidalu placed third with a throw of 44 feet, 2.75 inches. In the Red Division shot put, Chidera finished sixth with a throw of 37 feet, 6.25 inches, and Chidalu was eighth with a throw of 37 feet, 2 inches.

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Albany’s Lina Morse turned in a pair of second place finishes. Morse was second in the girls Blue Division 200-meter dash with a time of 27.60 seconds, and she finished second in the White Division 55-meter dash with a time of 7.74 seconds.

Other Section 2 highlights at Ocean Breeze included second-place finishes for Stillwater’s Dylan Moran in the boys White Division triple jump (40 feet, 5.5 inches) and Mohonasen’s Crista Bailey in the girls White Division mile (5:41.71).

Top-10 performances from Section 2
Blue Division
Kryston Drew (Green Tech) – ninth place, boys 200-meter dash (24.23 seconds)
Nelan Sanchez (Stillwater) – ninth place, boys 400-meter dash (55.58 seconds)
Lina Morse (Albany) – second place, girls 200-meter dash (27.60 seconds)

Red Division
Josiah Kemp (Colonie) – third place, boys 55-meter hurdles (7.58 seconds); fifth place, boys 55-meter dash (6.62 seconds)
Nino Seidou-Bakari (Colonie) – first place, boys weight throw (61 feet, 9 inches)
Colonie boys 1,600-meter relay – fifth place (3:27.33)
Nick Flanagan (Colonie) – eighth place, boys high jump (6 feet)
Shenendehowa boys 800-meter relay – third place (1:33.73)
Shenendehowa boys 3,200-meter relay – 10th place (8:18.41)
Kyle Gregor (Shen) – fourth place, boys shot put (50 feet, 7.5 inches)
Ethan Foster (CBA) – sixth place, boys high jump (6 feet, 2 inches)
Marty Dolan (Niskayuna) – 10th place, boys mile (4:25.90)
Chidera Anameze (Shen) – second place, girls weight throw (46 feet, 3 inches); sixth place, girls shot put (37 feet, 6.25 inches)
Chidalu Anameze (Shen) – third place, girls weight throw (44 feet, 2.75 inches); eighth place, girls shot put (37 feet, 2 inches)
Lily Gould (Shen) – eighth place, girls weight throw (36 feet, 7 inches)
Michaela Schaffer (Shen) – sixth place, girls triple jump (36 feet, 8 inches); eighth place, girls long jump (16 feet, 9.5 inches)
Katelyn Jacques (Shen) – ninth place, girls triple jump (35 feet)
Jade Dennis (Shen) – ninth place, girls mile (5:11.01)
Jada Dennis (Shen) – 10th place, girls mile (5:11.42)
Emily Racana (Mohonasen) – fifth place, girls pole vault (10 feet)
Mohonasen girls 3,2000-meter relay – sixth place (10:03.90)
Columbia girls 3,200-meter relay – ninth place (10:21.81)

White Division
Dylan Moran (Stillwater) – second place, boys triple jump (40 feet, 5.5 inches)
Joe Yusaitis (Stillwater) – seventh place, boys 800-meter race (2:04.27)
Adam Ploutz (Stillwater) – eighth place, boys shot put (38 feet, 6 inches)
Nathan Brimhall (Shen) – sixth place, boys mile (4:42.35)
Nathaniel LaSorba (Colonie) – third place, boys 800-meter race (2:03.01)
Lina Morse (Albany) – second place, girls 55-meter dash (7.74 seconds)
Evelyn Gile (Shen) – third place, girls mile (5:47.03)
Haylee Evertsen (Shen) – fourth place, girls 400-meter dash (1:04.69)
Grace Halpin (Shen) – fourth place, girls triple jump (31 feet, 9 inches)
McKenzie Comito (Shen) – sixth place, girls 800-meter race (2:30.71)
Miranda Curto (Shen) – ninth place, girls mile (5:51.71)
Sophia Caputo (Shen) – 10th place, girls 55-meter dash (8.02 seconds)
Crista Bailey (Mohonasen) – second place, girls mile (5:41.71)
Marguerite Gilman (Emma Willard) – fifth place, girls shot put (29 feet, 10 inches)

In other Section 2 indoor track action, Bethlehem had several top-three finishes at the Trent Jackson/Cedric Walker Invite Saturday at Rochester Institute of Technology. The Eagles’ girls distance medley relay team won with a time of 12:59.50, while the boys 1,600-meter relay placed second with a time of 3:36.23 against a field of mainly Section 5 schools.

Bethlehem performances
Girls distance medley relay – first place (12:59.50)
Boys 1,600-meter relay – second place (3:36.23)
Kyle Culley – second place, boys 1,600-meter race (4:30.07)
Matt Cavalieri – third place, boys 3,200-meter race (9:47.30)
Andrew Stein – third place, boys weight throw (59 feet, 1.75 inches); ninth place, boys shot put (45 feet, 7.25 inches)
Ben Rosenberg – third place, boys 1,600-meter racewalk (9:04.90)
Girls 1,600-meter relay – sixth place (4:24.72)
Matt Levasalmi – seventh place, boys pole vault (12 feet)
Girls 800-meter relay – eighth place (1:51.68)
Haley Nash – ninth place, girls shot put (31 feet, 8 inches)

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Rory Graham placed fourth in the girls 1,000-meter race with a time of 2:54.55 at the Dr. Sander Columbia Challenge in New York City. The Spartans’ boys 3,200-meter relay team also had a fourth-place finish with a time of 8:11.22. Shen’s girls 3,200-meter relay team was second with a time of 9:25.64, and Niskayuna placed third with a time of 9:31.45.

Saratoga Springs’ Shea Weilbaker competed at the New Balance Grand Prix in Boston. Weilbaker finished ninth in the boys 1,500-meter race with a time of 4:00.22 and placed 11th in the boys mile with a time of 4:19.43.

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