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Section 2 wins several titles at state track meet

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,

Section 2 also demonstrated its strength in the boys pole vault. Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk’s Shane Racey cleared the bar at 16 feet to win the Division 2 and Federation titles, while Albany Academy’s Donald Jones finished second by clearing 15 feet, 6 inches. Continue reading “Section 2 wins several titles at state track meet”

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State track meet primer: Ama Boham, Allie Ryder and Donald Jones lead list of Section 2 contenders

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).

New Lebanon’s Allie Ryder enters the state meet with the top distance among Division 2 throwers in the girls discus. Ryder’s best throw this season is 122 feet, 5 inches, 2 inches ahead of Vernon-Verona-Sherrill’s LeeAnne Lowery. Continue reading “State track meet primer: Ama Boham, Allie Ryder and Donald Jones lead list of Section 2 contenders”

Track and Field: Female athletes have big day at Eddy Meet

Female athletes took center stage at this year’s Eddy Meet Saturday, May 18, at Schenectady High School.

Jada Kenner, a seventh grader at Buffalo’s Tapestry Charter School, tied the world record for the girls 200-meter dash and set the meet record in the 100-meter dash. Saratoga Springs’ Kelsey Chmiel won her fourth consecutive 3,000-meter championship at the Eddy Meet, while Shenendehowa claimed the team title by a commanding 20-point margin over runner-up Uniondale (Section 8). Continue reading “Track and Field: Female athletes have big day at Eddy Meet”

Indoor track: Shenendehowa takes team titles at Springfield Invitational

Shenendehowa won the boys and girls team titles at the Springfield Invitational indoor track and field meet Sunday, Jan. 6, at Springfield College in Massachusetts.

Shen earned the girls team title by seven points over runner-up Saratoga Springs. Lily Gould led the Plainsmen with a victory in the weight throw, and the Shen 800-meter relay team of Rachel Sterle, Antonia Brancato, Lauren Daigle and Haylee Evertsen tied Amsterdam’s team of Charli Beekman, Gabby Stanavich, Emma Gomez and Lauren Santiago for first place with a time of 1:51.71.

Beekman (55-meter dash), Santiago (300 dash) and Stanavich (55 hurdles) won individual events for Amsterdam. Kelsey Chmiel took first place in the 1,000 and 1,500 for Saratoga Springs, while twin sisters McKinley and Sheridan Wheeler swept the top two places in the 3,000 for the Blue Streaks.

Shen’s boys team cruised to the team title with 115.42 points. Alex Hislop (3,200) earned an individual victory for the Plainsmen, while the 800 relay team of Mingrui Liu, Tyler Reese, Jaylin Sykes and Colin Tower brought home a first-place trophy. Continue reading “Indoor track: Shenendehowa takes team titles at Springfield Invitational”

Cross country: Kelsey Chmiel named Senior of the Year in New York State

Saratoga Springs’ Kelsey Chmiel was named Senior of the Year by the New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports (NYSSCOGS) when it released its All-State teams in girls cross country.

Chmiel led the Blue Streaks to the Section 2 and New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class A titles this season. She won the Section 2 title and placed second to North Rockland’s Katelyn Tuohy – who was named the Overall Runner of the Year – at the state meet.

Additionally, Saratoga’s Ella Kurto was named Freshman of the Year by NYSSCOGS. Chmiel and Kurto were two of the seven Class A runners to receive first team honors. Continue reading “Cross country: Kelsey Chmiel named Senior of the Year in New York State”

Cross country: Saratoga Springs, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake qualify for Nike Team Nationals

WAPPINGERS FALLS – The Saratoga Springs girls and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys cross country teams punched their tickets to this year’s Nike Team Nationals with strong performances at the New York Regionals Saturday, Nov. 24, at Bowdoin Park.

Racing as Kinetic, Saratoga Springs edged Manlius XC 63-65 to win the girls championship division and earn one of two automatic berths to the national meet, held in Portland, Oregon. Kelsey Chmiel led Saratoga with a third-place finish in a time of 18:06.3, while Ella Kurto (11th place, 18:40.8), McKinley Wheeler (24th place, 19:30.0) and Emily Bush (25th place, 19:34.7) contributed top-25 times. Continue reading “Cross country: Saratoga Springs, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake qualify for Nike Team Nationals”

Three Section 2 cross country teams claim titles at NYSPHSAA meet

KINGS PARK – It was a good day for Section 2 at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Cross Country Championships Saturday, Nov. 10, at Sunken Meadow State Park.

Saratoga Springs ended Fayetteville-Manlius’ 12-year reign as the girls Class A team champion by edging the Section 3 powerhouse 46-47, and in the process won its first state title since 2005. Kelsey Chmiel led the Blue Streaks with a second-place finish in a time of 17:20.6, 18.5 seconds behind individual champion Katelyn Touhy (North Rockland). Ella Kurto (sixth place, 18:35.3) and Emily Bush (21st, 19:26.1) also landed in the top 25 for Saratoga Springs. Continue reading “Three Section 2 cross country teams claim titles at NYSPHSAA meet”

Cross country state championships preview: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys, Saratoga Springs and Greenwich girls among teams favored to win

By ROB JONAS

Three Section 2 teams are among the favorites to claim titles at Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association Cross Country Championships at Sunken Meadow State Park on Long Island.

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys team has its sights set on the Class B title after completing an impressive regular season, capped by a dominating performance at the Section 2 Championships Nov. 2. The Spartans claimed five of the top six places and had seven runners finish in the top 10 to breeze to the Sectional title by a margin of 65 points. Continue reading “Cross country state championships preview: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys, Saratoga Springs and Greenwich girls among teams favored to win”

A look back at the Section 2 Cross Country Championships

By ROB JONAS

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.

“Our sixth and seventh runners beat Saratoga’s fifth runner. That was the game right there,” said Shen boys head coach Lance Jordan. Continue reading “A look back at the Section 2 Cross Country Championships”

The lowdown: Section 2 large school cross country

By ROB JONAS

The 2017 Section 2 cross country season was unusual in that the Saratoga Springs girls team failed to win the Class A title for the first time since 1999. Shenendehowa ended the Blue Streaks’ 17-year reign by claiming the crown with 40 points, while Niskayuna snuck in for second place with 60 points.

Normalcy returned later in November, as Saratoga edged Shenendehowa by three points for third place at the Nike Cross Nationals regional meet to qualify for the national finals in Oregon. There, Kelsey Chmiel placed second to cap a junior season which also included her third consecutive Sectional title and runner-up performances at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association and New York State Federation meets.

Can Saratoga climb back to the top of the Class A field at this year’s Sectionals? Will Niskayuna defend its boys Class A title against a crowded field that includes Bethlehem, Saratoga, Shenendehowa and Guilderland? And how have the BEDS numbers affected the large school landscape for 2018? Here is a look at how things could shape up in Class A and Class B this season.

Class A Girls
Shenendehowa became the first team other than Saratoga to win the Sectional title since Colonie in 1999, thanks to a trio of talented seniors – Hannah Reale, Olivia Lomascolo and Charlotte Hartman – who placed in the top 10. Now that they’ve graduated, it will be up to returning juniors Hannah Belleville (11th at last year’s Sectionals) and Jada Dennis (12th) to lead the Plainsmen in their quest to repeat.

Niskayuna similarly graduated three key runners from its top five at last year’s Sectionals – Abigail Spiers (second), Amelia Kokernak (10th) and Samantha Padula (20th). However, the Silver Warriors have an equally strong core of young runners returning this year, including freshmen Liyat Kebbede (13th last year), Abigail Thomas (23rd) and Sophia Boler (24th). They, along with senior Charlotte Kokernak, should keep Niskayuna in the title hunt.

Saratoga was unable to form its traditional pack of front runners last season, but the Blue Streaks have some promising young talent in eighth graders McKinley Wheeler and Skyler Knott. Then, there is Chmiel’s quest for a fourth straight Sectional title to look for.

Perhaps the team best positioned to make a move up the Sectional standings this season is Bethlehem. The Lady Eagles return their top four runners from last year’s Sectionals, and not one of them is a senior. With juniors Rachel Hodge (sixth place in 2017), Gillian Roeder (19th) and Emily Smith (25th), as well as eighth grader Rylee Davis (ninth), Bethlehem has an opportunity to challenge for the title after finishing fourth a year ago.

Other runners to watch include Ballston Spa junior Faith DeMars, who finished third at Sectionals last year, and Guilderland sophomore Alexandria Vellekoop, who placed 14th in 2017.

Boys Class A
The top two teams from last year’s Sectional meet have significant shoes to fill, as both Niskayuna and Bethlehem graduated four of their top five runners. Senior Marty Dolan (seventh place) returns for Niskayuna, along with junior Thomas Ragone (31st), while Bethlehem will likely rely on senior Matt Cavaliere (sixth).

Shenendehowa graduated Liam Hickey and TJ Michalek from last year’s team, which finished third at Sectionals. The Plainsmen’s future looks bright, though, with the return of seniors Alex Hislop (12th place in 2017), Odin Schaepkins (27th) and Gregory Langone (30th), along with junior Bryan Spence (29th).

Saratoga is well positioned for a run at the Class A team title after finishing fourth last year. The Blue Streaks return their entire top five from last year’s Sectional meet, including senior Shea Weilbaker, who turned in a third-place finish at Sectionals a year ago. Junior Aidan Waite (18th last year) and senior Ezra Ruggles (23rd) are also back, as are sophomore Brady Tooker and senior Anthony Verro.

Looking for a darkhorse? Look no farther than Guilderland, which returns its top four runners from last year’s Sectional meet. Senior Noah Tindale is aiming to improve upon a ninth-place finish in 2017, and senior Nicholas Soldevere has his sights set on a top-20 finish.

Other runners to watch in 2018 include Ballston Spa junior Ben Guerin, who finished 13th at the 2017 Section 2 meet, Shaker junior T.J. Randall (15th) and Schenectady senior Isaac Menis (21st).

New additions to Class A in 2018: Queensbury and Amsterdam (both up from Class B)

Girls Class B
Even with perennial Class B power Queensbury now in Class A, this year will be intriguing as a young and talented Mohonasen squad looks to unseat defending champion Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

Mohonasen is led by the Sherman sisters – sophomore Kate Sherman, who finished third at last year’s Sectionals, and senior Anna Sherman, who was seventh. Throw in junior Emma Sinisgalli (eighth in 2017) and freshman Natalia Sawyer (15th), the Mighty Warriors have a core four that rivals Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake isn’t about to let Mohonasen take its crown easily, though. The Spartans have four key runners returning, led by defending Class B champion Rory Graham. Freshman Emily Burg (sixth place in 2017) is also back, as are sophomores Madi Whited (23rd) and Maddy Smith (24th).

Queensbury’s departure gives other schools a chance to climb the ladder. Scotia-Glenville has four of its top five runners returning from a team that finished fourth a year ago, while Academy of the Holy Names possesses two of the more promising freshmen in Class B with Isabel Vogel (11th place last year) and Livingston Ottman (16th).

Other runners to keep an eye on this season include Emma Willard junior Skylar Dailey (10th place at the 2017 Sectionals), Schalmont sophomore Mya June (14th), Scotia-Glenville sophomore Delaney Krogh (18th) and Gloversville senior Daley Jo Christman (20th).

Boys Class B
Without Queensbury, the gap between Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and the rest of the Class B field figures to only get larger in 2018. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake dominated the 2017 Sectional race by placing six runners in the top 10, including a sweep of the top three places, and the Spartans did not lose any of those runners to graduation.

On the surface, Schalmont’s Antonio and Francisco Beltran have the best shot to break up Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s top five of Tyler Berg, Aidan Gillooley, Evan Brennan, David Metacarpa and Nick Hunziker. The Beltrans placed fourth and fifth last year, but they will need to improve their Sectional times by 25 seconds in order to close the gap between them and the trio of Berg, Gillooley and Brennan.

Schalmont and Scotia-Glenville are the teams most likely to benefit from Queensbury’s departure. Schalmont returns its top five runners, while Scotia-Glenville has four of its core five coming back. Scotia-Glenville also has the highest ceiling of the two teams, as two runners – Alex Tebano and Noah Greski – are entering their sophomore seasons, and another – Kyle Ostrander – is entering his junior season. Tebano, Greski, Ostrander and senior Gabe Winters-Bona all placed in the top 30 at last year’s Sectional meet for the Tartans. Schalmont is loaded with seniors including the Beltrans, AJ Roohan, Jacob Wilson and John Dearstyne.

Other runners to keep an eye on include Mohonasen junior Nathan Belcastro (16th at Sectionals in 2017) and Mohonasen senior Kevin Sherameta (22nd).

Coming soon: Class CC, C and D previews