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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: Greenwich dominates Early Season Wasaren Invite

The Greenwich girls track and field team showed the rest of the Wasaren League what it is capable of by dominating the league’s early season invitational Saturday, April 6, at Hoosic Valley High School in Schaghticoke.

The Witches took two of the top three places in three races and added a pair of relay victories in the non-scoring meet. Hoosic Valley swept the top three places in the high jump and earned two relay victories .

Brynne Wright led Greenwich with wins in the 3,000-meter race and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles. Tayler Cristaldi, Quinn Collins, Brooke Wright and Ciarrah Hebert added individual victories for the Witches.

On the boys’ side, Granville’s David Regimbald took first place in the triple jump, the shot put and the discus. Greenwich’s Peyton Howard finished first in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races. Continue reading “Track and field: Greenwich dominates Early Season Wasaren Invite”

State indoor track and field qualifiers: Josiah Kemp, Ella Kurto among Section 2 athletes who won two events

ALBANY – Section 2 held its state indoor track and field qualifier Sunday, Feb. 24, at the University at Albany.

Colonie’s Josiah Kemp and Averill Park’s James Cocca each won two individual boys events. Kemp took first place in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.57 seconds, and he finished first in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.52 seconds. Cocca swept the throwing events, winning the shot put and the weight throw.

On the girls’ side, Saratoga Springs’ Ella Kurto won the 1,500-meter race with a time of 4:49.15 and the 3,000-meter race with a time of 10:04.13. Guilderland’s Isabella Bruno finished first in the long jump and the triple jump, while Shenendehowa’s Chidera Anameze earned victories in the shot put and weight throw.

The top two finishers in each event automatically qualified for the New York State Indoor Track and Field Championships, which take place Saturday, March 2, at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Facility on Staten Island. Third-place finishers qualified if they met the state meet standard. Continue reading “State indoor track and field qualifiers: Josiah Kemp, Ella Kurto among Section 2 athletes who won two events”

Indoor track: Four leagues host championship meets at University at Albany

One day. Four league championship meets. One location.

The Colonial Council, the Wasaren League, the Foothills Council and the Independent League held their league meets together Sunday, Feb. 10, at the University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena.

The Colonial Council meet was a lopsided affair, as the Mohonasen girls and Albany Academy for Boys track teams dominated the competition. Mohonasen won the girls team title with 174 points, well ahead of runner-up Academy of the Holy Names, while Albany Academy finished 50 points ahead of Mohonasen in the boys team standings, 138-88.

Emma Sinisgalli (1,000-meter race), Kate Sherman (1,500) and Anna Sherman (3,000) won the distance events for Mohonasen. The Mighty Warriors swept the top three places in the 1,500 and the top two places in the 3,000, for added measure. Mohonasen also won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter relays, and Emily Racana took first place in the pole vault, with teammate Lena Calkins placing second.

Ahmad Praileau led Albany Academy with victories in the 55-meter dash, the 55-meter hurdles and the long jump. Jack Campito contributed a win in the triple jump, while Nick Graziano (1,600) and Vishal Hada (3,200) added victories in the distance races for the Cadets. Donald Jones won the pole vault. Continue reading “Indoor track: Four leagues host championship meets at University at Albany”

Indoor track and field: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls distance medley relay team wins Yale Invitational

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake took first place in the girls distance championship medley relay at the Yale Invitational last weekend in New Haven, Conn. The Spartans finished with a time of 12:10.41 – the second-fastest national time by a high school team this season.

BH-BL also placed second in the 55-59 boys distance medley relay with a time of 10:51.61 and finished third in the championship boys 3,200-meter relay with a time of 8:07.56.

Several individual BH-BL runners excelled at the Yale Invitational. Nick Hunziker was second in the boys mile with a time of 4:23.24, while teammate Aidan Gillooley placed 10th with a time of 4:29.85. Rory Graham placed third in the girls 1,000-meter race with a time of 2:56.26, and Tyler Berg finished fourth in the boys 3,000-meter race with a time of 8:38.06. Rece Gobel took 10th place in the boys 600-meter race with a time of 1:24.63. Continue reading “Indoor track and field: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls distance medley relay team wins Yale Invitational”

Girls indoor track and field preview: Mohonasen Mighty Warriors

Team: Mohonasen

Head coach: Bill Sherman

Playoff result: Section 2 Division 3 champion

Returning players
Kate Sherman – 1,500-meter champion, 3,000-meter champion
Emma Sinisgalli – runner-up in 600-meter and 1,000-meter races
Christina Esposito – 600- and 1,000-meter specialist
Matti Muller – runner-up in 1,500-meter race
Anna Sherman – 1,500- and 3,000-meter specialist
Loren Cuomo – 3,000-meter specialist
Bailey DeCocco – shot put champion, weight throw champion
Lena Calkins – pole vault champion
Emily Racana – pole vault specialist
Zionna Perez-Tucker – 55- and 300-meter specialist
Natalia Sawyer – 300- and 600-meter specialist
Courtney Bush – 55-meter hurdles specialist

Graduated: none

Newcomers
Navi Shaw – sprint specialist (transfer from Colonie)
Jocelyn Countryman – 1,500- and 3,000-meter specialist

Outlook for the seasonĀ 
After winning its first ever Sectional title in 2018, Sherman said Mohonasen is looking to repeat this season, but it will be more difficult with the addition of Averill Park to the Mighty Warriors’ division.

“Traditionally, our team has been anchored by our distance squad,” said Sherman. “That looks to be the case in 2018-19 with all of our top runners returning and the addition of several new distance runners.”

Kate Sherman is back to defend her Sectional titles in the 1,500 and 3,000 after what her coach and father described as “an outstanding [cross country] season, which leads me to believe she will improve during her track seasons.” Coach Sherman added that Kate will be “supported by at least seven other strong distance runners.”

Coach Sherman also addressed two of Mohonasen’s weaker areas: sprints and field events. He added two new coaches, Tom Howley (sprints and jumps) and Bob Stranahan (throws), to work with his athletes in the hopes of creating balance throughout the various events.

“The field squad is led by three seniors – Bailey DeCocco, double champion in the shot put and weight throw, and the pole vault duo of Lena Calkins and Emily Racana,” said Sherman. “After the first day of Sectional competition last year, these three athletes gave our team 38 points, which contributed greatly to our Sectional championship by 68 points. However, questions remain in the horizontal jumps and the high jump.

“Our returning sprints squad is very young with Zionna Perez-Tucker and Natalia Sawyer providing the best opportunities to score. We look to Zi as the short sprints specialist and Natalia more in the 300-400 meter range. However, both are very young and have not yet reached their potential,” added Sherman. “The addition of Navi Shaw is a potential game changer. Assuming Navi makes a successful transition to Mohonasen, we expect she will greatly bolster our sprint events and relays.”