February 20, 2014
It’s on to states for Auchmoody
SYRACUSE — Jade Auchmoody will continue her outstanding final season with a trip to Cornell University.
The Homer Central senior made her move in the final 100 meters and bolted to the finish line first in the 600-meter run at the Section 3 Indoor Track & Field State Qualifier held Wednesday at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena.
Auchmoody’s winning time of 1:40.32 was a personal best and one second quicker than runner-up Marissa Lathrop from Baldwinsille (1:41.40) in the race and propels her to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships March 1 at Cornell University’s Barton Hall in Ithaca.
Auchmoody was competing in the pole vault when it came time to run the 600m race. She left that competition and made the most of her opportunity.
“After a great start Jade found herself in second place,” Homer coach George Schneider said in describing Auchmoody’s winning run. “She stayed until there was about 100 meters left in the race. On the far corner, Jade charged past the leader and ran away from everyone in the race.”
Auchmoody did not return to the pole vault, but she placed sixth after having cleared the bar at eight feet.
Auchmoody ran in the NYSPHSAA Cross Country Championships in the fall and she now makes her first appearance in the indoor track championships.
“Indoor track does not have divisions for different sized schools at the state championships, so all athletes regardless of school size must compete against each other,” Schneider said. “Qualifying for the state championships is probably one of the most difficult in the running sports.”
There were five other Trojans competing Wednesday as well. Unfortunately, none of them would advance.
Erin Leach, Carolyne Yonta, Rachael Church and Grace Gugerty took to the track in the 1,600m relay. The quartet posted a fifth-place finishing time of 4:24.40. Leach (1:01.9), Yonta (1:09), Church (1:07.1) and Gugerty (1:06.3) all posted season best times during theie legs of the race. Church also placed sixth in the triple jump with a best distance of 32-10.5.
McKayla Crawford competed in the 3,000m run and placed seventh with a personal best time of 11:04.18.
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