Shea Weilbaker, Donald Jones win titles at state indoor track championships

Saratoga Springs’ Shea Weilbaker and Albany Academy’s Donald Jones earned individual titles at the New York State Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday, March 2, at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island.

Weilbaker was one of three Section 2 runners to place in the top 10 of the boys 3,200-meter run. Weilbaker finished first with a time of 9:04.62, while Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Tyler Berg placed third with a time of 9:09.16. Berg’s teammate, Aidan Gillooley, finished ninth with a time of 9:24.53.

Jones cleared the bar at 15 feet, 3 inches in fewer attempts than Gates-Chili’s Dustin Meyer to win the boys pole vault. Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk’s Shane Racey took third place after he cleared the bar at 15 feet.

Saratoga and Shen each turned in sub 8-minute times in the boys 3,200-meter relay. Saratoga’s team of Noah Flanders, Peter Moller, Ryan Postlethwait and Ezra Ruggles claimed the state title with a time of 7:56.60, while Shen’s Odin Schaepkens, Aidan Hickey, Nolan Hickey and Alex Hislop finished third with a time of 7:58.70.

Section 2 added a victory in the boys intersectional distance medley relay. The team of Evan Brennan (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), Anthony Cozzy (Columbia), Isaac Menis (Schenectady) and William Wallace (Colonie) finished with a time of 8:55.07.

On the girls’ side, Shen’s Chidera Anameze had the top individual performance for Section 2 with a second-place finish in the shot put. Anameze’s top throw was 41 feet, 6 inches. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Rory Graham took third place in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:52.98.

In the girls’ relays, Shen’s team of Jade Dennis, Madeleine Festin, Hannah Belleville and Jada Dennis was second in the 3,200-meter event with a time of 9:17.38. Section 2’s team of Lily Dingman (Shen), Leonni Griffin (Shaker), Kaiden Ring (Columbia) and Gillian Roeder (Bethlehem) finished third in the girls intersectional distance medley relay with a time of 10:23.53.

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Here is a recap of all of Section 2’s top-10 finishes at the state indoor track and field championships.

1,000-meter run
Nicholas Soldevere (Guilderland) – fourth place, 2:33.33
Antonio Beltran (Schalmont) – ninth place, 2:34.77

1,600-meter run
Matt Cavaliere (Bethlehem) – fifth place, 4:21.77
Nick Hunziker (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) – eighth place, 4:27.01

3,200-meter run
Shea Weilbaker (Saratoga Springs) – first place, 9:04.62
Tyler Berg (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) – third place, 9:09.16
Aidan Gillooley (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) – ninth place, 9:24.53

1,600-meter relay
Colonie – fourth place, 3:22.04 (Halian McQueen, William Wallace, Andy Tucker, Nathaniel LaSorba

3,200-meter relay
Saratoga Springs – first place, 7:56.60 (Noah Flanders, Peter Moller, Ryan Posthlethwait, Ezra Ruggles)
Shenendehowa – third place, 7:58.70 (Odin Schaepkens, Aidan Hickey, Nolan Hickey, Alex Hislop)

Intersectional distance medley relay
Section 2 – first place, 8:55.07 (Evan Brennan, Anthony Cozzy, Isaac Menis, William Wallace)

Pole vault
Donald Jones (Albany Academy) – first place, 15-3
Shane Racey (Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk) – third place, 15-0

Long jump
Ahmad Praileau (Albany Academy) – sixth place, 21-9.75

Triple jump
AJ Weinstein (Columbia) – seventh place, 46-5.25

Shot put
Kyle Gregor (Shen) – fifth place, 53-1.5
Adrian Sanders (Schenectady) – ninth place, 49-1.25

Weight throw
James Cocca (Averill Park) – fourth place, 66-6
Nino Seidou-Bakari (Colonie) – 10th place, 56-9.75

1,000-meter run
Rory Graham (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) – third place, 2:52.98

3,000-meter run
Ella Kurto (Saratoga Springs) – fifth place, 9:44.83
Faith DeMars (Ballston Spa) – sixth place, 9:47.92

1,600-meter relay
Niskayuna – seventh place, 4:05.83 (Marissa Wise, Zoe Harris, Alexa Smith, Kristina Koes)

3,200-meter relay
Shenendehowa – second place, 9:17.38 (Jade Dennis, Madeleine Festin, Hannah Belleville, Jada Dennis)
Niskayuna – sixth place, 9:23.29 (Madeleine Beltramo, Madeleline Hesler, Charlotte Kokernak, Skyler Smith)

Intersectional distance medley relay
Section 2 – third place, 10:23.53 (Lily Dingman, Leonni Griffin, Kaiden Ring, Gillian Roeder)

High jump
Anna Evans (Saratoga Springs) – 10th place, 5-2

Pole vault
Paige Brinsko (Stillwater) – tied for fifth place, 9-0

Long jump
Olivia Chamberlain (Cobleskill-Richmondville) – eighth place, 17-4.75

Triple jump
Isabella Bruno (Guilderland) – sixth place, 38-5.25

Shot put
Chidera Anameze (Shen) – second place, 41-6
Madeleine Duchaussee (Saratoga Springs) – fifth place, 39-3.75

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