MIDDLETOWN – It was a good weekend for Section 2 athletes at the New York State High School Track and Field Championships at Middletown High School.
Colonie and Schenectady’s 400-meter boys relay teams highlighted the weekend by taking the top two places in Saturday’s Federation championship race. Fresh off winning the public school Division 1 championship Friday, Colonie’s team of Josiah Kemp, Shai Young, Cristian Hubbard and Michael Hermance claimed the Federation title with a time of 41.39 seconds. Schenectady – which placed fourth in the Division 1 race – took second place with a time of 41.75 seconds,
Three Section 2 athletes enter this weekend’s New York State High School Track and Field Championships with the top performances in their individual events.
Ichabod Crane’s Ama Boham posted the top time among Division 2 (small school) athletes in the girls 100-meter high hurdles this season (14.40). No other girl in the Division 2 field posted a time close to Boham’s mark, and it is the second-fastest overall in New York State this season. Only Chibugo Obichere of Division 1’s Valley Stream South (Section 8) posted a faster overall time (13.80).
The annual New York State Federation Cross Country Championships scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17, have been cancelled due to the snowstorm that hit Thursday into Friday.
Approximately a foot of snow fell in the Poughkeepsie area, including at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, where the Federation meet is held. Due to the amount of snow that fell and the fact that the course is also scheduled to host the Nike Team Nationals New York Regional Saturday, Nov. 24, officials decided to cancel the race.
Seven Section 2 teams were scheduled to compete at the Federation meet – Bethlehem, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Niskayuna, Saratoga Springs and Shaker on the girls’ side, and Ballston Spa and Shaker on the boys’ side. Additionally, the following individuals were slated to compete:
SARATOGA SPRINGS – One race lived up to its pre-event billing, while another showdown never materialized at Friday’s Section 2 Cross Country Championships at a soggy Saratoga Spa State Park.
The Class A boys race turned into a battle royale between Shenendehowa and Saratoga Springs, with the Plainsmen pulling out a three-point victory over the Blue Streaks, 60-63. Saratoga had two of the top four runners in the race, but Shen’s pack mentality proved to be the deciding factor.