Broadalbin-Perth defended its boys team title, while Taconic Hills claimed the girls team championship at the Section 2 Group 3 Track and Field Championships Tuesday, May 21, at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School.
The Patriots dominated the field events to win the boys team title with 139.5 points. Johnstown was second with 72 points, and Ichabod Crane placed third with 69 points.
“Eighty-eight days ago, we started a climb in which we challenged our boys to try to repeat as Section 2 champions and our girls to return to the top for the first time since 2015,” said Broadalbin-Perth coach Jeff Richards. “Although we had our difficulties throughout the season, our team continued to move upward. Rung by rung, we moved up the ladder.”
The Patriots gained 24 points by sweeping the top three places in the boys shot put. John Coddington claimed first place with a throw of 51 feet, 11 inches, while teammate Aidan DeJong placed second with a throw of 48-11. Tino Mancini was third with a throw of 45-10.5.
Coddington also won the discus with a throw of 133-6. Sean Meher claimed the triple jump with a distance of 41-5.5, while Niko Mancini took first place in the high jump by clearing the bar at 6-2. Jon Murphy added a victory in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles for Broadalbin-Perth with a time of 1:00.69.
“Our throwers, vaulters and jumpers spend so much time mastering their respective events, and today they were rewarded,” said Richards.
Taconic Hills finished with 91.83 points to take first place in the girls team standings. Broadalbin-Perth placed second with 65.33 points, and Ichabod Crane finished third with 59 points.
Amelia Canetto and Makayla Sparacino led the Titans with individual victories. Canetto won the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.58 seconds, while Sparacino finished first in the 1,500-meter race with a time of 5:10.21.
Ama Boham was a double winner for Ichabod Crane. The senior took first place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.53 seconds and claimed the 100-meter high hurdles title with a time of 14.85 seconds.