April 26, 2010


Scheftic turns in best leap

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Dryden High senior Tim Scheftic finished 16th in his debut at the 116th annual Penn Relays Carnival on Saturday in the City of Brotherly Love.
The Purple Lion senior had a best effort of 21-feet-4.25 inches in the High School Division boys’ long jump at fabled Franklin Field, the site for this prestigious track and field meet.
“It was a great experience for Tim,” Dryden coach Lee Stuttle said. “The stadium was loud and alive and was the largest venue he has competed in thus far.
“We stayed on the infield after Tim was done jumping and got within feet of Usain Bolt as he warmed-up and went to his relay zone,” Stuttle added. “The stadium was very loud and enthusiastic when the Jamaican 4x100 team entered the stadium to warm-up and even louder before the start of the race. It is an event that Tim will never forget.”
Jamaican Bolt dazzled a capacity crowd with a lightning-fast final leg, overtaking USA Blue’s Ivory Williams to win the 400-meter relay. A quartet of Mario Forsythe, Yohan Blake, Marvin Anderson and Bolt finished in 37.90 seconds for Jamaica Gold, setting a Penn Relays record.
Trailing entering the final leg, Bolt took the handoff from Anderson and blazed for the final 100 meters to a raucous ovation.
The 23-year-old Bolt holds the world record in the 100 and 200 meters. He waived his appearance fee to participate in the USA vs. The World competition.
l SUNY Cortland senior Kyle O’Brien finished in 12th place and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships in the Penn Relays’ 3,000-meter steeplechase this past Thursday.
O’Brien, the lone Division III runner and one of only two non-Division I competitors in the 18-entrant field, finished the race in 9:15.29. Princeton’s Donn Cabral won with a time of 8:48.92.
O’Brien is a two-time Division III All-American in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. He finished third nationally last spring and fourth in 2008.
For Cortland women, sophomore Alyson Dalton and junior Kristin Vespa each provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships in the 10,000-meter run that same night.
Dalton finished 24th in the event with a time of 36:41.12 and Vespa was 30th in 37:29.21. A total of 35 runners spanning different NCAA divisions competed in the race.
l On Sunday at the Big Red Invitational in Ithaca, freshman Katie Darling was second in the long jump with a 18 feet-6 inch effort to lead SUNY Cortland women. For the men, senior Darnell Owens sprinted to second in the 100-meter dash (11.13) and freshman P.J. Flynn was third in the long jump (46-4.25).