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March 06, 2009

 

6 area athletes in state indoor track meet

By TOM VARTANIAN
Staff Writer

Six high school athletes are set to close out the winter season successfully at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday inside Cornell University Barton Hall. The boys will begin competition at 9 a.m. with the girls’ competition scheduled for 2 p.m.
Homer Central’s Andrew Gregg advanced to the State Meet from the Section 3 State Qualifier at Syracuse University’s Manley Field House Friday night while Dryden High sends the quartet of Tyler Beck, Tim Scheftic, Beth Schwab and Tara Brenner, plus Marathon eighth-grader Lizzy Jewiss advanced from the Section 4 State Qualifier also held Barton Hall. None of the local athletes have a high seed, other than Gregg and his Section 3 relay teammates.
GREGGWILL be part of Section 3 Boys’ Intersectional Medley Relay team, competing in the 600-meter leg.
“Andrew will be running the 600-meter leg of the Intersectional Relay,” said Schneider. “Each section in New York State enters a relay composed of the athletes that just missed making states in their individual events. Section 3’s relay is composed of Jiak Bumkoth from Jamesville-Dewitt in the 1000-meter leg, Jerry Adams from Corcoran in the 200-meter leg, Andrew Gregg from Homer in the 600-meter leg, and Noah Carroll from Fulton in the 1600-meter leg. The team is seeded third of the eleven sections with a time that is much slower than what they are capable of performing.
“Personally,” Schneider continued. “I believe that the team has a good chance of winning gold and breaking the state record. If the team members are able to match their state-qualifier performances, my math puts them a tenth of a second faster than the present state record time and a full eight seconds faster than the time of the winning team from last year’s state championships.”
JEWISS IS also part of the Intersectional Medley Relay. She will run the opening 1,000m leg for the Section 4 girls’ team. Jewiss broke Liz Vinson’s school record one week ago with her time of 3:11.66, which placed her third in the event.
“We have been using the indoor season to prepare for the outdoor season,” said Marathon coach Todd James. “That has been the focus all season long and that hasn’t changed.
“Lizzy is a very talented athlete with a lot of speed,” he continued. “We were not focusing on the 1,000, but she did very well. This will be a good experience against different caliber athletes. This should give Lizzy a lot of confidence heading to the outdoor season with her second state meet this school year.”
DRYDEN COACH Lee Stuttle offers his thoughts on his Purple Lion quartet.
“Tyler and Beth both want to run a very smart race and run three seconds faster then they did last week at the qualifier,” said Stuttle. “Tyler wants a 2:36 and Beth a 3:05. Their training has gone very well this winter and I believe they will have a shot at their goals. They both mentioned that if they have nothing left at the end of the race their goals will be reached.
“Tim’s goal is to jump 22 feet, which has been his goal all year long,” Stuttle added. “A back injury prevented him from competing in some meets this season and we had to cut down on some of his workouts. As of today Tim is healthy and feeling great. His workouts the last two weeks have gone to plan and I’m very excited to see how far Tim will jump.”
For Brenner, there is a different goal after it was revealed she is battling an injury.
“Tara’s goal is to clear a height, hopefully 10’ 6”,” Stuttle explained. “Although she hit 10’ 6” early in the season, we found out three weeks ago that she has compartment syndrome and will need surgery. This injury is very painful and has slowed her training tremendously. Her training the last three weeks has been one day of vault drills, one day of rest and the other five days of non-weight bearing cardio machines. Tara is a tough kid who has persevered a lot this indoor season. I know she will give her best effort on Saturday.
“One advantage our kids will have is the meet being at Cornell,” added Stuttle in conclusion. “The kids are used to the track, the surroundings and the atmosphere in Barton Hall.”