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Track and field: McKinley Wheeler wins two titles at New Balance Nationals

CARY, N.C. – McKinley Wheeler’s first trip to the New Balance Nationals track and field meet led to a pair of titles.

The Saratoga Springs eighth-grader won the middle school girls 2-mile race in a battle with her twin sister, Sheridan. Then, she teamed up with Sophie Tesla, Ella Kurto and Kelsey Chmiel to win the girls championship 4×1 mile relay.

The Wheeler twins led a strong contingent of Section 2 runners in the middle school girls 2-mile run. McKinley finished with a winning time of 11:04.58, while Sheridan placed second with a time of 11:08.24. Shaker’s Kaleigh Higgins was third with a time of 11:21.03, and Greenwich’s Teagan Wright took 13th place with a time of 12:01.50. Columbia’s Shea Fajen (15th place) and Abigail Moxon (17th) also finished in the top 20. Continue reading “Track and field: McKinley Wheeler wins two titles at New Balance Nationals”

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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”

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”

Weekend indoor track round-up: Nino Seidou-Bakari wins at Ocean Breeze High School Invitational

Colonie’s Nino Seidou-Bakari took first place in the boys Red Division weight throw at the Ocean Breeze High School Invitational indoor track and field meet Saturday, Jan. 26, on Staten Island.

Seidou-Bakari posted a distance of 61 feet, 9 inches to win his division at the regional meet. Josiah Kemp contributed a third-place finish in the Red Division 55-meter hurdles (7.58 seconds) and a fifth-place finish in the Red Division 55-meter dash (6.62 seconds) for the Garnet Raiders, and the Colonie boys 1,600-meter relay team placed fifth. Nathanial LaSorba added a third-place finish in the boys White Division 800-meter race with a time of 2:03.01.

Shenendehowa twin sisters Chidera and Chidalu Anameze had top-10 finishes in field events at Ocean Breeze. Chidera took second place in the girls Red Division weight throw with a distance of 46 feet, 3 inches, while Chidalu placed third with a throw of 44 feet, 2.75 inches. In the Red Division shot put, Chidera finished sixth with a throw of 37 feet, 6.25 inches, and Chidalu was eighth with a throw of 37 feet, 2 inches. Continue reading “Weekend indoor track round-up: Nino Seidou-Bakari wins at Ocean Breeze High School Invitational”

Three Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys cross country runners named first team All-State by sportswriters association

Cross Country Sectionals-28Three Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys cross country team members were named Class B first team All-State runners by the New York State Sportswriters Association Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Seniors Tyler Berg, Aidan Gillooley and Evan Brennan joined Runner of the Year Parker Stokes (Maine-Endwell), Ryan Guerci (Nanuet), Sam Lawler (Pittsford Mendon) and Jack Rosencrans (North Shore) in receiving first team honors. Senior Nick Hunziker was named to the second team, and junior Kevin Board received fourth team honors. Junior David Metacarpa was an honorable mention. Continue reading “Three Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys cross country runners named first team All-State by sportswriters association”

Snow cancels Federation cross country championships

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:

Girls – Faith Demars (Ballston Spa), Kate Sherman (Mohonasen), Kathryn Tenney (Colonie)

Boys – Marty Dolan (Niskayuna), Evan Ensslin (Voorheesville), Liam Danaher (Columbia)

This is the first time the Federation meet has been cancelled ahead of the race due to weather.

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