HUDSON FALLS – Broadalbin-Perth was the top Section 2 boys track team at Saturday’s Anthony Luciano Invitational at Hudson Falls High School.
Led by a strong performance from its field athletes, Broadalbin-Perth finished second overall with 55 points. Saranac (Section 7) claimed the boys team title with 82 points.
“Our field events continue to be our strong suit and keep us competitive,” said Broadalbin-Perth head coach Jeff Richards. “Our throwers seem to feed off each other and consequently are getting better and better.”
John Coddington led the Patriots with a victory in the shot put. Coddington’s best throw of the day was 51 feet, 5.5 inches, more than four feet ahead of any other competitor. Teammate Tino Mancini placed fourth with a throw of 42 feet, 1.5 inches. Coddington added a fourth-place finish in the javelin with a distance of 110 feet, 5 inches.
Aidan DeJong finished second in the discus with a throw of 131 feet, 4 inches, and placed third in the javelin with a distance of 115 feet – a school record. DeJong also took sixth place in the shot put with a throw of 39 feet, 11.5 inches.
“In a meet in which you could only enter two athletes per event unless you had three athletes who hit a specific standard, we were one of the only teams that could enter three boys in all three throwing events,” said Richards. “More impressively, we had three make the finals in two of those events.”
Danny Dylong and Jeff Shlomovich had two of the top three finishes in the boys pole vault. Dylong placed second after clearing the bar at 12 feet, and Shlomovich finished third with a cleared height of 11 feet. Gabe Rittereiser of South Glens Falls won the pole vault by clearing the bar at 12 feet, 6 inches. Shlomovich also was fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 37 feet, 6.5 inches.
Broadalbin-Perth’s 1,600-meter relay team of Jon Simmons, Wyatt Couperus, A.J. Christopher and Mike Cichy placed fifth with a time of 3:47.76, and Nolen Neznek finished fifth in the pentathlon with a score of 1,837 points.
Broadalbin-Perth was ninth in the girls team standings with 25 points. Ava Tyler led the Patriots with a second-place finish in the pole vault and three fourth-place performances (100-meter high hurdles, 400-meter intermediate hurdles and high jump). Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake claimed the girls team title with 90.33 points.