May 20, 2011
Dryden girls chasing title
Rugg wins twice on 1st day
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Dryden High’s Sam Rugg clears the bar during the high jump at the IAC championships Thursday. Rugg won two events for the Purple Lions, who are hosting the meet.
DRYDEN — While Sam Rugg opened up with a pair of first place track and field performances for host Dryden High, the girls’ squad is right in the thick of things heading into the second and final day of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championships.
With Alex Seymour leading the way with a first place in the pole vault on Thursday, Dryden girls will be chasing after Trumansburg for a team title when the meet resumes this afternoon at 4:45 p.m. on the Purple Lions’ home track. Trumansburg leads the opening day standings with 53 points, Dryden sitting in second with 47 points.
“I am so proud of the girls’ team. They competed very hard today. It was a total team effort to get off to a great start,” said Dryden coach Lee Stuttle.
Rugg won both the high jump and long jump for Dryden boys, who are currently sixth in this field of 19 schools with 14 points. Waverly leads the pack with 54 points, 20 points better than runner-up Trumansburg.
l Though Seymour had the only first place for Dryden girls, her personal best 10-foot clearance in the pole vault a foot and a half higher than her nearest competitor, the Purple Lions depth placed them second in the team standings.
Audra Jenne and Seymour grabbed second and third, respectively, in the 100-meter hurdles. Newfield’s Erin Carney showed the way in, with Jenne (17.40) and Seymour (17.45) in close pursuit. Seymour’s clocking was her personal best.
Laura Streeter came up with a second place discus toss of 103 feet-8 inches for Dryden. Newark Valley’s Jessica Nurczynski won that event at 106-06, while Marathon girls picked up their only points on the day when Emily Williams finished sixth at 88-10.
Fourth place showings for Dryden came from Rachel Hutchinson in the 1,500m (5:06.47) and Mackenzie Todd in the long jump (14-11.25), while teammate Cierra Jenson sprinted to a fifth place in the 100m (13.80).
The Dryden 3,200m relay foursome of Hutchinson, Megan Cutia, Anne McConnell and Hannah Wildenstain ran a personal best 10:22.89 to pick up fifth points points.
Groton girls, shut out in points, ran eighth in that 3,200m relay race. The best individual showings for the Indians were Ashley’s Martin’s 10th in the long jump and 11th in the 400m run, with teammate Sarah Hahne 12th in the 1,500m.
l Dryden boys were led by Rugg, who cleared six-feet in the high jump and then turned in a personal best 22 feet-5.5 inches winning effort in the long jump.
Bryant Stuttle also had a personal best in the long jump for the Purple Tigers, finishing fourth with a leap of 20-0.75.
“Both Sam and Bryant had outstanding performances,” said Coach Stuttle of his leading Purple Lions. “Sam has a best in the long jump by over a foot, and Bryant was two-feet over his previous best. These two had a great night and are looking forward to the final day.”
Rugg’s week got started by winning the IAC pentathlon title on Monday at Waverly, where he had 3,123 points. That total surpassed the state qualifying standard for Division II athletes.
The lone points earned by Marathon boys came from Dillion Hurlbert, who was fifth in the shot put with a toss of 41-6.5. Spencer-Van Etten’s Ben Beauchamp won that event at 49-2.
Groton was shut out in opening day points, the closest call coming when Robert Dunham finished seventh in the 1,600-meter run in 4:47.01. That was two seconds shy from placing in the top six. Marathon’s Andrew Dozey was 10th and John Larkin 14th in the field of 1,600m runners.
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